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54th Annual Public Media Awards Finalists


NETA is proud to announce the finalists for the 54th Annual Public Media Awards. Congratulations to all the nominees!

The Public Media Awards honor our members' finest work in community engagement, content, education, marketing/communications, independent productions, and overall excellence.

Awards were judged by a group of expert panelists from within the public media system, as well as industry professionals working outside of public media. 

Join us at the annual NETA Conference when we celebrate the finest work in public media and announce the winners during the 54th Annual Public Media Awards Gala on September 18, 2022.


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Gallery of Finalists

List of Finalists:

Local Project  
Civics Bowl KSPS
Dolly Parton Special Event Arkansas PBS
Evictions and Rental Assistance in Indiana WFYI
GRACE UNDER PRESSURE: Town Halls on Mental Health WNET
Inquire Within WQED
Mending Walls: The Documentary VPM
The World Games 2022 Collaborative Murals Alabama Public Television
National Project  
Becoming Helen Keller National Station Engagement Initiative WNET
Bee in My Garden Days WFSU
TPT NOW and FBI Partnership on Hate Crime Education TPT
"Who Killed Vincent Chen?" Community Events Detroit Public Television
Community Initiative  
AAPI Stories Detroit Public Television
Alaska Mental Health Deep Dive Alaska Public Media
Covid-19 PSA Arkansas PBS
Del Valle Resource Guide Austin PBS
You're Uninvited: Stopping the Spread of Invasive Species WSKG
Kids & Family  
Celebrating Elizabeth Peratrovich Day Alaska Public Media
Cyberchase: Green It Up WNET
KMOS PBS Adventure Day KMOS
Multicultural Children's Festival WPSU
Rise and Shine Power Packets Arkansas PBS
News & Public Affairs  
Go Coast - Louisiana WLAE
Kentucky Edition KET
Moving Off Morris St. NorCal Public Media
Nevada Week Vegas PBS
Oklahoma News Report OETA
Oklahoma News Report: Cock Fighting OETA
Outdoor Idaho: The Next Chapter Idaho Public Television
Revisiting "Who Killed Vincent Chen?" Detroit Public Television
Roots, Race & Culture 2021-2022 PBS Utah
VPM News Focal Point VPM
Cultural Feature  
A Good Life WXXI
Bring Her Home TPT
Hi-Neighbor! The Story of the Narragansett Brewing Company Rhode Island PBS
KWTO - Legendary Live Country Radio Ozarks Public Television
L.A.: A Queer History PBS SoCal
Mavericks Montana PBS
Then, Now and Always, The St. Joseph River Story WNIT
VPM News Focal Point - Black Churches of Virginia Series VPM
Walter Tevis: A Writer's Gambit KET
Womontown Kansas City PBS
Historical Feature  
Agnes 50: Life After the Flood WVIA
Devil's Fire WSKG
Greater Chattanooga: All Truths Will Out WTCI PBS
Let Ohio Women Vote CET | ThinkTV
Local, USA: A Tale of Three Chinatowns WORLD Channel, GBH
Rise of the Freemen Montana PBS
Surviving New England's Great Dying New Hampshire PBS
The Baldies TPT
Trail of History: Urban Renewal PBS Charlotte
Topical Feature  
7 Days: The Opioid Crisis Arkansas PBS
Election 20/20: Detroit to DC Detroit Public Television
From Chaos to Resiliency WUCF
Palmetto Perspectives - Monuments and Memorials SCETV
Redlining: Mapping Inequality in Dayton and Springfield CET | ThinkTV 
The Pack Horse Librarians of Appalachia KET
Carolina Impact: Education Equity PBS Charlotte
Critical Race Theory (Weekly Story) Rhode Island PBS
Learning to Read: Alphabet Hunt Nashville Public Television
Oklahoma News Report: Native Language Preservation OETA
Oral Histories with The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Arkansas PBS
Ziggy's Arts Adventure Louisiana Public Broadcasting
Visual Arts  
Art Alley Gallery Arizona Public Media
Bridging the Divide WMHT
Curate Series: Season 6 Episode 8 WHRO
Gallery America: Matt Goad OETA
Insiya Dhatt NorCal Public Media
Next Door Neighbors: The Art of Healing Nashville Public Television
Vibrant Light: Stained Glass of the Basilica at the University of Notre Dame WNIT
Performing Arts  
Art Moves Us Kansas City PBS
Beyond the Baton Nebraska Public Media
Curate 757: Swamp Dogg WHRO
Essential: The Making of The Light We Share WTCI PBS
Eye of The Arts | Billy Foster Lakeshore Public Media
Greater Sarasota: The Sound of Change WEDU
Kevin Belton's Cookin' Louisiana WYES
Musical Portraits Blue Ridge PBS
Stories from the Stage: One Way or Another GBH - WORLD Channel
Digital Media  
Hometowns | Episode 1 - River and Rails Blue Ridge PBS
Indie Alaska Alaska Public Media
Let's Learn GA! GPB
Relish TPT
Shipwrecks! The Immersive Experience PBS Wisconsin
Winter ticks wiped out nearly 90% of the moose calves scientists tracked in part of Maine last year Maine Public Media
Short Form  
Asian American Stories of Resilience and Beyond WORLD Channel - GBH
Curate 757: Freeman Vines WHRO
Eye On The Arts | Lotton Art Glass Lakeshore Public Media
Eye On The Arts | Roberto Ferrer Lakeshore Public Media
Flipping the Script: Open Arms Dance Project Idaho Public Television
Friends & Neighbors | Garwood Orchards Lakeshore Public Media
Friends & Neighbors | ROCKaBLOCK Lakeshore Public Media
Hometowns | Episode 1 - River and Rails Blue Ridge PBS
In Their Words - Metal Artist Iowa PBS
Speaking Volumes Arkansas PBS
American Veteran: Unforgettable Stories GBH
Center of Gravity Nebraska Public Media
Off the Page WSKG
"On Our Minds": A Teen Mental Health Podcast (Season Two) WETA
Speaking of… Milwaukee PBS
The Growing Season Arkansas PBS
Military Chronicles  
American Veteran GBH
A Solemn Promise Maine Public Broadcasting
Carolina Impact: Veteran's Special PBS Charlotte
Offutt Lab Nebraska Public Media
VIA Short Takes: A Soldier's Duty: A Reflection of 9/11 WVIA
VPM News Focal Point - EMDR Treatment for Veterans VPM
Will the A-10 Have a Future Arizona Public Media
Educational Resources for the Classroom  
Becoming Helen Keller WNET
Inside the Work: Through Her Eyes - A Newport Nutcracker Reimagined, Rhode Island PBS LearningMedia Resources Rhode Island PBS
Nature WY Wyoming PBS
NewsDepth: Season 52 ideastream
Social Studies Shorts KET
StoryMaker by PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs WETA
The Legend of the Lost Emerald PBS Wisconsin
Educational Resources for the Community  
APT Family Box Program Alabama Public Television
Hope Givers GPB
Level Up Land! WFSU Summer Challenge 2022 WFSU
Michigan Learning Channel Summer Workbooks Detroit Public Media
Nature WY Wyoming PBS
Rise and Shine Summer Learning Arkansas PBS
The Future is You! West Virginia Public Broadcasting
What's Bugging You? Animated Series VPM
Teacher Professional Learning  
A Summit of all its Parts! PBS North Carolina
Cultural Competence Professional Development for Virginia WHRO
Learning Events  
Best Practices for Closing the Pandemic Learning Gap in Ohio's Schools Webinar and Podcast Series PBS Western Reserve
Georgia Peanuts Live Exploration GPB
Intersession Camps Basin PBS
JumpStart Read for the Record 2021 KRWG Public Media
PBS Wisconsin Education's Media Literacy Production Workshop PBS Wisconsin
Rise and Shine Summer Learning Arkansas PBS
SciGirls WSKG
The $100 Founding Father Nashville Public Television
The GreenBeats Environmental Experience WHRO
Week of the Young Child 2022 Rhode Island PBS
Innovation in Education  
Iowa Science Phenomena Iowa PBS
Mobile Virtual Reality (VR) Lab GPB
Science Trek 360: Geocaching Idaho Public Television
Student Advisory Board WHRO
Virtual Field Trips for Students WPSU
Integrated Media Campaign  
Agnes 50: Life After the Flood WVIA
Call of the Canyon: Zion National Park PBS Utah
Cyberchase: 20 Years and Counting - Cyberchase 20th Anniversary & Season 13 Launch WNET
Hi-Neighbor! A Lager Than Life Film Event Rhode Island PBS
Launching Statewide News Program VPM News Focal Point VPM
Mind Over Matter: A Mental Health Initiative WVIA
Special Event  
Adventure Day KMOS
Celebrating Nebraska Pollinators Nebraska Public Media
Centro Hispano Evening of Dreaming -Decolonizing Dinner PBS Wisconsin
Downing of a Flag Screening and Discussion Events South Carolina ETV
Franklin & Citizen Science: Sharing Stories of Collective Impact WETA
Muhammad Ali "The Greatest" Poetry Slam WEDU
Adventure Day KMOS
Car Donation: Life is a Highway TPT
GED Promotional Spots Rhode Island PBS
Shipwrecks! PBS Wisconsin
Social Media  
Call of the Canyon: Zion National Park PBS Utah
Healthy Smile Campaign Arizona PBS
Ms. Martha Reads with the First Lady WHRO
NOVA: Science & Society in Nebraska Nebraska Public Media
Playlist 48, season 1 Arizona PBS
Annual Report  
2020-2021 Annual Report Nebraska Public Media
2021 Annual Report NorCal Public Media
2021 Report to the Community Alaska Public Media
Knowledge is Beautiful - FY21 Impact Report PBS North Carolina
A Gun Conundrum Michael Price & Kansas City PBS
The Extraordinary Life and Art of the Islander Anthony Thaxton, Robert St. John, & Mississippi Public Broadcasting
The Kitchenistas Mary Ann Beyster, David Romero, & KPBS
Training for Freedom Dr. Richard Campbell & PBS Western Reserve
Wisconsin Foodie Arthur Ircink, Luke Zahm, & PBS Wisconsin
Excellence in Education   
Arkansas PBS Overall Excellence in Education Arkansas PBS
GPB Education GPB
Iowa PBS Education Iowa PBS
PBS Wisconsin Education PBS Wisconsin
The Michigan Learning Channel Detroit Public Television
Excellence in Community Engagement  
Arkansas PBS Excellence in Community Engagement Arkansas PBS
Detroit Public TV in the Community Detroit Public TV
NorCal Public Media NorCal Public Media
Standing Against Racism Maryland Public Television
Excellence in Marketing/Communications  
Arkansas PBS Excellence in Marketing/Communication Arkansas PBS
NPT's Digital + Nashville Public Television
Excellence in Content  
Arkansas PBS Overall Excellence in Content Arkansas PBS
Detroit Public Television Detroit Public Television
Meet the Helpers WUCF
Milwaukee PBS Milwaukee PBS
Excellence in Innovation  
E.C.H.O. Blue Ridge PBS
Immersive Environmental Learning - The WHRO Van Program WHRO