Troy Public Radio Director wins ABBY Award

Kyle Gassiott has been awarded a Judge of Merit award for his service in news reporting.

Kyle Gassiott has been awarded a Judge of Merit award for his service in news reporting.

Troy Public Radio’s Kyle Gassiott has been named a recipient of the 2024 Alabama Broadcaster’s Association “Alabama’s Best in Broadcasting” (ABBY) Judge’s Award of Merit.

The Alabama Broadcaster’s Association celebrated its 18th annual awards ceremony on Saturday, April 6 in Birmingham, Ala. Over 300 radio and television broadcasters represented stations from across the state as colleagues and competitors collected statues.

Gassiott, Director of Radio as well as host and reporter, took home the Judge’s Award of Merit-Radio Reporter in the News Reporter/Medium Market category. Over the last year, he covered the Selma, Ala. tornado and the community’s recovery, a shooting at a teenager’s birthday party, Alabama’s court ruling on voting maps, Trump attending a Republican Party dinner a day after his not guilty plea, the riverfront dock conflict in Montgomery, Ala. and the Senate panel vote after Sen. Tommy Tuberville attempted to block military appointments. 

Kyle Gassiott
Kyle Gassiott

“This award really not only recognizes my work, but also those of my colleagues here at Troy Public Radio and at NPR,” he said. “It continues to be both an honor and one of the biggest joys of my life to take a microphone out and record the voices and stories of others, and then share them with our audience. Sometimes, I still can’t believe that I get to do this work every day.”

Gassiott is a journalist with over 15 years of radio, print, web and television experience at the national level, as well as medium and small markets. As news director and frequent host for Troy Public Radio’s local broadcast of NPR News programs, he supervises the news division, a daily talk show, underwriting, development/fundraising, programming, operations, the radio reading program and an internship program. He also serves as Executive Producer and guest host for the award-winning show and podcast In Focus with Carolyn Hutcheson.  

His work as a reporter and producer has been heard on: All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Up First, Weekend Edition Saturday, Weekend Edition Sunday, Here & Now, Marketplace, the BBC, and frequently on NPR’s Hourly Newscast. He has produced and reported investigative stories for ABC News that were broadcast on Good Morning America and contributed to enterprise stories that aired on Nightline. In July of 2020, he covered funeral services for Congressman John Lewis in Selma for DW News. 

As a print and web journalist, Gassiott has written and contributed to stories for NPR.org and ABCNews.com. His primary training is in investigative and political reporting with a solid foundation in producing arts and cultural features. He has also worked in the performing arts as both an administrator and classical musician.

In addition to his role as news director, he serves as an adjunct professor teaching classes in broadcast and reporting in TROY’s Hall School of Journalism and Communication. He was previously on staff at Southern Union Community College and Kirkwood Community College and a worked as a graduate assistant at the University of Iowa teaching applied music and music history and appreciation courses.

Take a listen to Gassiott’s stories from the last year:

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