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WFPL's Phillip Bailey and Laura Ellis Get National Recognition


Monday night in New York City, WFPL—specifically, reporter Phillip Bailey and producer Laura Ellis—will be nationally recognized with the Radio Television Digital News Association's Unity Award.The award will be handed out during the 2013 Edward R. Murrow Awards, presented to the best in broadcasting. This specific recognition is for coverage of diversity issues—other Unity Award winners this year include ESPN and The Boston Globe.Phillip and Laura won for last year's Defining Fairness series, which explored the issues facing diverse LGBTQ Louisvillians, including race, religion, family, income and the struggles that fall outside the mainstream narrative of gay rights.You'll find the entire Defining Fairness series here.The 2013 Edward R. Murrow Awards will be streamed live here.The series is a forerunner to WFPL's Strange Fruit podcast,hosted by Kaila Story, an assistant professor at the University of Louisville, and activist Jaison Gardner, who was part of the Defining Fairness series.Here's their latest,which includes an interview with the author of a controversial new book on the murder of Matthew Shepard.

Joseph Lord is the online managing editor for WFPL.