Amy Green, an environmental reporter for 90.7 WMFE in Orlando, took home first place in the public affairs category in the radio division of the 2019 Sunshine State Awards for her story “With Governor and Legislators in Denial, This Tiny Florida Town Tries to Adapt to Climate Change,” which was produced in partnership with the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.
Green’s story goes in-depth about how the small community of Yankeetown, on Florida’s Gulf coast, has taken an unprecedented approach to sea-level rise. It was produced in 2018 as part of FCIR’s series about climate change and state government inaction.
90.7 WMFE was one of three Florida NPR member stations — along with WUSF in Tampa and WLRN in Miami — to partner with FCIR on the project, which examined how climate change is affecting communities and environmental habitats throughout Florida. FCIR also partnered with state newspapers.
The FCIR series also won awards in the 2018 Florida Associated Press Professional Broadcasters Contest. Green’s Yankeetown story and another report she did on Everglades City won second place in series/franchise reporting. Tristram Korten’s report from a Hurricane Hunter plane inside Michael as it made landfall in the Florida Panhandle won first place in weather reporting. Korten’s story was produced in partnership with WLRN.