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April 22, 2015

Academy announces 2015 Media Orthopaedic Reporting Excellence (MORE) Award winners

Media competition honors journalists for accurate bone and joint health-related

ROSEMONT, Ill. - The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) today announced the winners of the 2015 MORE Awards, presented annually to journalists who demonstrate excellence by accurately reporting on orthopaedics while fostering public awareness of musculoskeletal health issues. This distinguished group of journalists will be honored during an awards ceremony, held in conjunction with the Academy’s National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference, at the JW Marriot in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, April 30.
“The Academy recognizes and honors journalists who educate the public about issues and trends in bone and joint health,” said Academy President David D. Teuscher, MD. “This year’s winning stories highlight life-saving and life-changing advances in orthopaedics, as well as more common orthopaedic conditions, and the treatments that are helping patients to resume active, healthy lives.”
This year’s 24 MORE Award winners represent a diverse group of health and medical writers, producers and freelance reporters from print, broadcast and online media outlets. Entries were judged by a distinguished panel of orthopaedic surgeons, and evaluated for overall quality, accuracy and effectiveness in promoting greater awareness of musculoskeletal health issues. The 2015 MORE Award winners by category are:
  • Stephania Bell,, “Top injuries to watch for 2013-2014”
  • Liz Neporent,ABC, “Welcome help for needy knees”
  • AARP The Magazine, “When to have knee replacement surgery—and what to expect”
  • Kristine Crane, US News and World Report, “Choosing between partial and total knee replacements”
  • Jeanne Erdmann, Women’s Health, “How old are your knees?”
  • Garry Gilbert, HOUR Detroit, “Trauma and triumph”
  • Tim Craig, Washington Post, “Soldier who lost leg in Afghanistan vowed ‘I will return.’ This is what it took to get back”
  • Robin Erb, Detroit Free Press, “Knee, hip replacements are signs of baby boomers’ active lifestyles”
  • Karen Garloch, The Charlotte Observer, “OrthoCarolina of Charlotte to bundle knee, hip replacement costs”
  • Marni Jameson, Orlando Sentinel, “Surgeon ‘straightens out’ kids with uneven legs, arms’”
  • Victor R. Martinez, El Paso Times, “Staying hip: Soluble hip replacement lets El Paso men resume active life”
  • Michele Munz, St. Louis Post Dispatch, “Kansas boy gets surgery in St. Louis after hand is nearly torn off by rope”
  • Liv Osby, The Greenville News, “Latest knee implants have patients active quicker”
  • Adrian Rogers, Spokesman-Review, “A less invasive approach to hip surgery”
  • Danielle Whelpley, The Peoria Journal Star, “Hip, knee replacements now a joint effort”
  • Gregg Zoroya, USA Today, “Soldier blown apart by war stages stirring comeback”
  • Jim Bergamo, KVUE-TV (ABC-Austin, Texas), “Ankle becomes knee joint in bone cancer procedure”
  • Max Brodsky and Matt McCormick, ESPN, “Wicked Strong”
  • Matthew Glasser and Dr. Bruce Hensel, NBC Southern California, “Preparing for surgery with 3-D printing”
  • Dr. Maria Simbra and Jeff Roupe, CBS Pittsburgh, “Many turning to new procedure to treat hip injuries”
  • Shelly Slater, KHOU-TV (Houston), “Woman defies odds, walks after crippling fall”
  • Frank Vascellaro, CBS Minnesota, “’Operation Walk helps provide free hip, knee replacements”

  • Melissa Block and Greg Dixon, National Public Radio (NPR), “Orthotic brace takes soldiers from limping to leaping”
  • Tom Goldman, NPR, “Young athletes risk back injury by playing too much”
The MORE Awards are open to all journalists, freelance writers and editors in print, broadcast or online media. The 2016 competition details will be posted at in late June.
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