CONCORD UNIVERSITY BROADCASTING INSTRUCTOR JESSICA LILLY
HONORED BY WEST VIRGINIA ASSOCIATED PRESS BROADCASTERS
ATHENS, W.Va. – The West Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Association has honored a Concord University adjunct broadcasting instructor with its Significant Impact Award. Jessica Lilly Doty, who is also southern West Virginia bureau chief for West Virginia Public Broadcasting, received the honor at the association’s June 8th awards ceremony in Charleston, W.Va.
Mrs. Doty goes by her maiden name, Jessica Lilly, as a reporter. She is a 2007 graduate of Concord.
The annual award recognizes an individual who has made contributions to news reporting, management and education in broadcasting for a minimum of five years or a maximum of 19 years in the West Virginia broadcast journalism community. Lilly’s nomination letter listed accomplishments in all three areas.
In addition to teaching at Concord, Lilly is also advisor for WVCU, the student radio station. She has been instrumental in implementing an automation system that provides for 24-hour programming as well as securing an $8,000 donation for the facility. Her work managing the radio station was noted as part of her nomination for the award.
In news reporting, Lilly’s contributions covering West Virginia, especially the southern part of the state, were highlighted. Of special note is her coverage of the Upper Big Branch mine disaster.
“I’ve lived in this area all my life so I am familiar with the challenges and triumphs that my neighbors endure every day, as they have for a long time,” Lilly said. “While I wish the heartache and torment endured by the families and entire state would have never happened after the Upper Big Branch explosion, I am proud to say that I was right there with my friends and neighbors as the nightmare unfolded.
“I am very honored to be nominated and selected by my peers,” she said. “This achievement is a reflection of the hard work and determination of my broadcasting students at Concord University and the resilient people of West Virginia. It is my honor to tell those stories.”
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Jessica Lilly Doty
**Radio station WVCU is part of Concord University’s broadcasting and journalism program. Concord offers a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts with an emphasis in broadcasting and journalism. The program helped to prepare Lilly and other broadcasters for award-winning careers in broadcasting and continues that tradition today.