“Off the Base” and “My Last Tour” Series Awarded a Murrow

Congratulations to Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Rex Temple (Ret.), former Army Specialist Cheyenne Forsythe, former Army Capt. Colleen Krepstekies and Rachel Porto, wife of Marine Cpl. Jonny Porto who was killed last year in Afghanistan.

Their WUSF stories combined just won a 2011 Edward R. Murrow award for best audio news series in Region 13. Temple’s “My Last Tour” series won a Murrow in 2010.

The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971.

Regional winners automatically become eligible for the national awards competition, which will be judged in June.

The Murrow entry traces the transition from WUSF’s series with Temple, “My Last Tour,” to our more expanded series that includes other service members, veterans and their families.

The stories submitted can be heard on a WUSF web page and include:

  • 1-12-10 – Pink Eye: Temple was the lead driver of a supply convoy when he developed pink eye. He could no longer see. His only way to get medical treatment was to ride with a bomb-clearing crew to the nearest base.
  • 2-24-10 – Afghan Army Classroom: Temple recorded his visit to the religious class of Afghan soldiers. He sent the audio back via Skype and offers details about the day.
  • 5-18-10 – Florida Matters Show with host Joshua Stewart features Temple, his wife Liisa and reporter O’Brien reviewing the year of reports from Afghanistan. It is WUSF’s official conclusion of the My Last Tour series.
  • 5-17-10 – Oak Grove Middle School: Temple visits in person to say thank you to the first group of students to adopt his Afghan School Supplies Drive. The unofficial start to Off the Base ongoing news series.
  • 7-12-10 – A Little Pink in a World of Camo blog: the wife of Marine Cpl. Jonathan Porto uses her blog as support after her husband is killed in Afghanistan just shy of their first wedding anniversary.
  • 11-15-10 – Ride-2-Recovery: Iraq War veteran Cheyenne Forsythe uses this 5-day marathon ride with other “wounded vets” to tackle symptoms of his PTSD.
  • 11-18-10 – Employment after Service: Former Army Capt. Colleen Krepstekies did two tours in Iraq including leading re-fueling tanker convoys. She talks about adjusting to civilian life and living with PTSD.
  • 12-7-10 – Florida Matters Show: PTSD: Rex & Kit – Temple spends time with a young soldier injured during their tour and tries to help him work through symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress.


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