WestfordCAT’s ‘Main Street’ Wins Award for Show Highlighting Opioid Crisis

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Dawn Trask (left) lost her 21-year-old son, Tyler, to an opioid overdose. PHOTO BY LAUREN HORTON

Dawn Trask (left) lost her 21-year-old son, Tyler, to an opioid overdose. PHOTO BY LAUREN HORTON

A WestfordCAT news program that featured a mother who lost her son to an opioid overdose was recognized this month by the Alliance for Community Media Northeast Region.

The program won second prize in the 2018 ACM-NE Video Festival under the category of “profile talk show.”

Main Street, hosted by Joyce Pellino Crane, featured an interview with former Westford resident Dawn Trask, who was living in Westford when her 21-year-old son Tyler Colleton died from a fentanyl overdose in February 2016. Colleton was living with Trask in Westford at the time.

“Leading up to the events of that night,…it’s still kind of hard to talk about and emotionally difficult when I have to tell my story about Tyler,” Trask said. [Continue below].

After Colleton’s death, Trask went on to help families and individuals experiencing substance abuse and addiction.

An award-winning journalist, Crane is a former Boston Globe correspondent and the current multimedia news director of Westford Community Access Television. She is the former editor of the Westford Eagle and Littleton Independent, newspapers for two communities located northwest of Boston. Crane is the recipient of an editorial award by the 2015 Best of GateHouse, and a first prize award for commentary from the New England Newspaper and Press Association. She won a total of six NENPA awards for reporting and writing between 2011 and 2015.

Crane shares the award with WestfordCAT Executive Director Lauren Horton, who directed the program, and Production Coordinator Patty Stocker, who did the post-production editing.