KGOU’s Karen Holp Receives Journalism Award

Oklahoma SPJ President Kurt Gwartney and Holp. Photo by Jolly Brown Pugh.

Oklahoma SPJ President Kurt Gwartney and Holp. Photo by Jolly Brown Pugh.

Karen Help, general manager of KGOU and adjunct professor at OU, has been awarded the Teacher of the Year award from the Oklahoma pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). She was honored April 26 at the Reed Conference Center in Midwest City.

“Holp’s dedication to quality reporting brings a depth of journalism beyond the headline approach common on today’s airwaves,” said an Oklahoma SPJ chapter representative. “She is often found standing behind a student in an editing booth listening and gently crafting a good story.”

Since 2004, Holp has taught a radio journalism course at OU that produces the program “Assignment: Radio,” which airs on KGOU. The program and stories produced by Holp’s students have won many awards from several different organizations including SPJ, National Broadcasting Society, Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association, Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters and the Broadcast Education Association Festival of the Arts.

“I am very honored to receive Teacher of the Year from the Oklahoma Pro Chapter of SPJ,” said Holp. “I must credit the KGOU staff, particularly Jim Johnson, program director, and Brian Hardzkinski, operations director, who work with me teaching the classes KGOU offers through the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. It is a team effort that provides students with professional level feedback on their work as well as state, regional and national recognition.”

Holp is also an active supporter of the First Amendment and open government. She serves on a variety of boards, panels and groups ranging from FOI Oklahoma to Jazz in June. She also helped create the Oklahoma Public Media Exchange, the first collaboration of all the public media outlets in Oklahoma. Holp also has been honored with a Governor Arts Award for her support of the arts and culture in Oklahoma.

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