Bryan Thompson, health reporter for Kansas Public Radio, was named one of 14 recipients of the 2009 Mental Health America Media Awards.
Thompson was recognized for his story “Greensburg’s Long Road To Recovery,” documenting how survivors of the massive 2007 tornado are coping with the tragedy and how they and their community are recovering. The report originally aired on May 5, 2008, as part of Thompson’s ongoing series, Kansas Health: A Prescription For Change.
Entries are judged by a committee of journalists selected by Mental Health America for their knowledge of mental health issues, demonstrated excellence in reporting and editorial experience. The award winners were honored at a luncheon in Washington, D.C. Thompson did not attend, but sent a video acceptance speech.
KPR, licensed to Kansas University, broadcasts on KANU 91.5 FM in Lawrence. Thompson’s report can be heard at KPR’s Web site, kpr.ku.edu.