BRISTOL, Va. -

News 5's Jim Conrad has won a prestigious honor - the Southwestern Virginia Technology Council's "Science & Technology Journalism Award."

The award recognizes Jim for his coverage of the Wise NASA DEVELOP Program, the International Space Station downlinks, student rocket launches, coal technology, Aerospace Days and more.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education is a critical focus of our nation's schools. Jim's efforts in championing that cause through his extraordinary storytelling abilities have made a difference - perhaps in the life of a future Nobel Prize laureate.