Bob Paquette, director of News and Information Programming for WFCR-FM, was awarded a first-place prize by the Public Radio News Directors, Inc. (PRNDI) for his 2003 interview with a mob enforcer for James "Whitey" Bulger. The prize was awarded during PRNDI''s July 31 awards banquet in Washington, D.C.
Paquette''s interview with former mobster Edward MacKenzie drew high praise from the PRNDI contest judges. "A stunning and unforgettable interview that is truly a ''driveway moment,''" said one. Another judge remarked, "The interviewer never gets in the way of the story and shows just enough surprise that we know he is as moved by the reality of what we are hearing as the listener."
PRNDI is a non-profit organization dedicated to the professional development of public radio journalists. The PRNDI awards are the only national contest recognizing outstanding public radio news reporting at local stations. Since 2000, WFCR''s News Department has garnered three of the awards.