91.5 KRCC's Jake Brownell has won first place in the Best Feature Story category from the Associated Press Television and Radio Association for his story "Guns To Garden Tools: Beating Swords Into Plowshares." The awards honor the best in radio and television reporting across 13 western states.
In comments provided in the announcement, judges saw the piece as "powerful and moving" in every aspect, from writing, audio and delivery.
"The reporter found a unique personal story and a strong central character that shows action being taken in response to the nation's crisis of gun violence and mass shootings," the comments say, adding that the story "stays clear of political views." The comments go on to say the story is "memorable, important, and beautiful."
"Guns To Garden Tools: Beating Swords Into Plowshares" ran shortly after the October 1, 2017 shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, which left 58 people dead and more than 850 people injured. It tells the story of one man, inspired by the 2012 mass shooting in Sandy Hook, looking to offer people a symbolic way of disposing of their firearms by taking unwanted guns and turning them into gardening tools.
Earlier this year, the story garnered an award from the Colorado Broadcaster's Association.