It’s a tragedy that became an inspiring story of courage. Washington correspondent Jamie Dupree, a radio reporter for more than 30 years with Cox Media Group, lost his voice in 2016 and was diagnosed with tongue protrusion dystonia, a rare neurological condition with no cure to date. Now, a new documentary, Voice of Reason – available online at wsbradio.com — tells his story, from diagnosis to his brave comeback.
Thanks to pioneering technology, Dupree can again do radio with a simulated voice on an audio file. The documentary has been recognized by the Radio Television Digital News Association and Atlanta Press Club, earning WSB and Cox Media Group an Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Innovation and News Innovation Award. WSB Radio and CMG refers to the computer synthesized version as Jamie Dupree 2.0.
“During his ordeal, Jamie never took a day off,” said Pete Spriggs, Director of Branding and Programming for News 95.5 and AM750 WSB. “Instead, he found new ways to continue his decades of reporting with his blog and through social media. His spirit and determination inspire us all.”
“My health is fine, but my voice is not – and I honestly don’t know if I will ever speak normally again,” said Dupree. “I’ll be forever grateful to my WSB and CMG family for getting me back on the air with Jamie Dupree 2.0.”
View Dupree’s emotional journey with this new documentary, available at wsbradio.com. Voice of Reason was directed by WSB Radio videographer Jesse Brooks and produced by Cox Media Group Digital Content Manager Zac Morgan.