Each year, the Garden State Journalists Association Awards brings together the year's best in print and broadcast journalism.
This year marks their 67th year of recognizing excellence in the field. The contest is open to all reporters, editors and photographers (print and broadcast) who live, work in or produce stories about New Jersey.
Thiel interviewed Clark about her experiences and what life is like in the music business. Clark is an English singer, actress and composer whose career has spanned seven decades. Clark's professional career began on BBC Radio during World War II. During the 1960s, she became globally known for her popular upbeat hits, including "Downtown," "I Know My Place," "My Love," Colour My World," "A Sign of the Times" and "Don't Sleep on the Subway." She has sold more than 68 million records throughout her career.
"Melanie does a remarkable job here at WNTI," says Jon Lewis, Broadcast Manager at Centenary College. "She is dedicated and has a passion for her work. I am so proud of this latest accolade that she has received."
Melanie Thiel started volunteering at WNTI Public Radio from Centenary College in March 1995. She is now the Director of Development for the radio station. Thiel received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Centenary in January 2011. She lives in Lower Mount Bethel, Pa.
Thiel was honored with an honorable mention in the Radio Interview category in 2012 for her "Interview with Todd Rundgren" and second place for her "Rebuilding New Orleans" segment in 2010. She also received an honorable mention in 2013 for TV Feature for "WNTI Stage Clips from live performances and in the Television Studio."
"Winning first place is not for me, it is for WNTI and it stands for everything we do here," says Thiel. "We are passionate about our jobs and about non-commercial radio. We can make a difference."