Virginia Tech's WVTF Public Radio has received a 2009 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for excellence in journalism presented by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

Winners were chosen from over 1,300 entries in categories covering print, radio, television, and online. The awards recognize outstanding work published or broadcast in 2009.

Dating back to 1932, the awards originally honored six individuals for contributions to journalism. The current program began in 1939, when the Society granted the first Distinguished Service Awards. The honors later became the Sigma Delta Chi Awards.

Sandy Hausman, reporter/producer; Rick Mattioni, program director; and Connie Stevens, news reporter/anchor of WVTF / RADIO IQ received a Feature Reporting (101+ Market) award for their piece titled “Hurricane Camille Remembered.”

Awards will be presented Oct. 2 during the 2010 SPJ Convention and National Journalism Conference in Las Vegas.

The Society of Professional Journalists provided this story. For additional information, contact Lauren Rochester at (317) 927-8000 ext. 210 or Karen Grabowski at (317) 927-8000 ext. 215.