KUER reporter Whittney Evans took home 2nd place in the "Soft Feature" category for Division A stations (8-15 full time news staff) at the 2017 PRNDI Awards. Her winning story, Hospice For Homeless Gives Residents A Place To Die And Sometimes Heal, also took home a regional Edward R. Murrow Award.
In her award winning feature, Evans spent a year following several residents of The INN Between, most with terminal cancer diagnoses. One resident passed away before the story aired. In the feature, Evans told the stories of both the homeless residents and the administrative personnel who care for them. The INN Between is the region’s only facility of its kind. Evans chronicled those working amid the sad reality of providing housing for the terminally ill homeless.
“Stories like this one give a deeper meaning to daily reports we produce that focus on policy and logistics,” says Evans. “Instead of asking ‘where should we put the homeless?’ I ask ‘who are they?’ and ‘what will ease their suffering?’”
Listen: Hospice For Homeless Gives Residents A Place To Die And Sometimes Heal