With Good Reason' Episode on Virginia Tech Wins National Award

July 24, 2009 — A "With Good Reason" program created on the occasion of the first anniversary of the tragic events of April 16, 2007, at Virginia Tech has been named to receive a national award.

The program, "In the Wake of Violence," will receive a 2009 Gabriel Award from the Catholic Academy for Communication Arts Professionals in the category of "Best News/Informational Radio Programming."

The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, based at the University of Virginia, produced the program, which aired in 2008. "With Good Reason" is broadcast weekly by 11 public radio stations around Virginia and KTOO in Juneau, Alaska.

The Gabriel award honors "works of excellence in broadcasting ...which serve viewers and listeners through the positive, creative treatment of concerns to humankind." Among the other 2009 Gabriel winners are the Canadian Broadcasting Company, "The Bob Edwards Show," WBUR in Boston and Southern California's KCRW.

"With Good Reason" is produced and hosted for VFH by long-time Charlottesville and Virginia radio personality Sarah McConnell, with associate producers Nancy King, Elliot Majerczyk and Jesse Dukes. Lydia Wilson is the show's publicity coordinator. Andrew Wyndham is executive producer.

Framed by music arranged by Virginia Tech music professor James Sochinski and performed by the school's Marching Virginians, "In the Wake of Violence" features Roberta Culbertson, who directs the VFH Center on Violence and Community, discussing ways to mitigate the effects of violence after massacres.

Also interviewed is David Niyonzima, who has partnered with Culbertson at the center and, in conversation with McConnell, movingly explores trauma healing and reconciliation in his war-weary native country, Burundi.

As the program closes, "With Good Reason" correspondent Nancy King presents a report that centers on an arrangement of the hymn "Amazing Grace," created by Sochinski, former director of the Marching Virginians – a touching musical tribute to the 32 Virginia Tech students and professors who died on April 16, 2007.

The only statewide public radio program in Virginia, "With Good Reason" features teachers and scholars from Virginia's public colleges and universities, focusing on a broad range of practical, informative and reflective topics. The program and related news-style features reach a general audience estimated at 5.5 million annually.