New England Public Radio's Susan Kaplan earned a first-place Associated Press award (Division B) for her story “A Moment With World War II POWs,” which aired last Veterans Day.
Kaplan said listening to former prisoners of war, now in their 80s or 90s, recount days and nights in captivity revealed a sometimes forgotten part of the veteran experience. And she said, “The emotion and intensity in the soldiers’ eyes and voices compelled me to produce a story with little narration.”
Some of Kaplan’s stories about veterans and the military have been heard nationally on NPR and on PRI's The World.
“Susan shows a real commitment through her reporting to give interview subjects the space to tell their stories in their own words,” said Sam Hudzik, NEPR news director. “We’re proud of the work she produces every day and are pleased the AP judges recognized this beautiful feature.”
The awards ceremony for the Massachusetts/Rhode Island Radio and TV Contest will take place June 18 in Boston.