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PMA55. Public Media Awards, presented by NETA

55th Public Media Awards Finalists

NETA is proud to announce the finalists for the 55th 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 55th Annual Public Media Awards Gala on September 10, 2023.

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Gallery of Finalists

List of Finalists:

Educational Resources for the Community  
Everyday Writing with Coach Write PBS Western Reserve
Welcome Neighbors PBS Wisconsin
Read for the Record West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Family Literacy: 3 Multilingual Video Series from Colorín Colorado WETA
Albie's Elevator WHYY
Careers That Work WVIA Public Media
Educational Resources for the Classroom  
DIY Science Time  Alabama Public Television
Let's Go Enviro Georgia Public Broadcasting
Montana State Parks Collection on PBS LearningMedia Montana PBS
Then, Now and Always…The St. Joseph River Story: Teacher's Guide PBS Michiana – WNIT
Northern Lights, Starry Skies PBS LearningMedia Collection PBS North
Science in 60 Seconds PBS North Carolina
Black Histories of the Northern Plains Prairie Public
History in a Nutshell South Carolina ETV
Writers Contest West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Mission US: No Turning Back WNET
Innovation in Education  
ECHO - Education, Community, Health, Opportunity Blue Ridge PBS
Start It Up! Georgia Public Broadcasting
My Planet, My Voice NorCal Public Media
Reconstruction 360 South Carolina ETV
Hero Elementary Gaming Twin Cities PBS
Learning Events  
Georgia Pollinators Live Exploration Georgia Public Broadcasting
SciGirls Outreach Campaign Twin Cities PBS
The Legacy Project WHUT - Howard University Television
Youth Collective Film Festival WNET
Future Jobs WQED
One-Minute Student Film Festival WTCI PBS
Teacher Professional Learning  
Yellowhammer History Hunt: Immersive Professional Development Alabama Public Television
Speak Up, Speak Out: Teen Suicide Awareness and Prevention Arkansas PBS
Austin PBS Child Care Partnership Initiative Austin PBS
Early Learning Social Maryland Public Television
Hiding in Plain Sight Youth Mental Illness Teacher Professional Development Montana PBS
Amplifying Student Voices Prairie Public
Community Initiative  
Rise and Shine, Season 2 Arkansas PBS
SCETV Safe Space South Carolina ETV
Life in the Heart Land VPM
Close to Home: Town Halls on Housing Equality WNET
A State of Mind: Confronting Our Mental Health Crisis in Wyoming Wyoming PBS
Kids & Family  
Building a Strong Community at a Steady PACE Alaska Public Media
Arizona PBS to the Rescue: 5-year-olds transform to kindergartners! Arizona PBS
Arkansas PBS Family Day 2022 Arkansas PBS
Basin PBS Airport Kids Zone Basin PBS
Basin PBS Back to School Festival Basin PBS
Santa's Winter Wonderland Blue Ridge PBS
KidVision Art Room Party South Florida PBS
2022 Vegas PBS Be My Neighbor Day Vegas PBS
Local Project   
Positive Street Art Inspired by Series: Celebrating Hip Hop New Hampshire PBS
Wisconsin Pride PBS Wisconsin
Our Best Lives Rhode Island PBS
SCETV Safe Space South Carolina ETV
Not So Black and White: A community's divided history WFSU
National Project  
COOKIES! In person and online learning for early childhood educators Arizona PBS
Connecting "U.S. and the Holocaust" to Arkansas Arkansas PBS
Facing Suicide: Exploring Nebraska Resources Nebraska Public Media
The Great Minnesota Recipe Season 2 PBS North
TPT NOW & Union Pacific Rail Safety Partnership Twin Cities PBS
Cyberchase Mobile Adventures in STEM National Community Engagement Initiative WNET
Infusing Language and Culture into Alaska Education | Alaska Insight Alaska Public Media
Copper Queen Library Arizona Public Media
The Career Center Detroit Public Television
Flatland in Focus | Youth with Disabilities & the Resource Gap Kansas City PBS
Teachers Share Video Diaries From Inside Their Classrooms Milwaukee PBS
Rhode Island PBS Weekly - Media Literacy Rhode Island PBS
Rhode Island PBS Weekly - Language Deprivation Rhode Island PBS
Communities in Schools: Friends with Paws West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Cartoon Academy WQED
Cultural Feature  
Lehigh Valley Rising: "Designing Women" Lehigh Valley Public Media
Why Louisiana Ain't Mississippi…Or Any Place Else! Louisiana Public Broadcasting
Gallery America: Slow Ride OETA
PBS Appalachia Hometowns of Central Appalachia Blue Ridge PBS/PBS Appalachia
This is Utah - "Culture Craft" PBS Utah
Greater Chattanooga: Before and After WTCI PBS
It's More Than Hair WVIA Public Media
Roar: The Story of Southern Columbia Football Tigers WVIA Public Media
Digital Media  
Indie Alaska Alaska Public Media
PBS Appalachia Hometowns of Central Appalachia Blue Ridge PBS/PBS Appalachia
Ritual: Exploring the Revolutionary Legacy of Black River Baptisms Louisiana Public Broadcasting
My Wisconsin Backyard Web First Series Milwaukee PBS
The Little Things Nashville Public Television
Minnesota Historia Season 2 PBS North
SmartPath: Puppet Music Videos Public Media Connect
Cash Money Marcus WKU PBS
Cyber Fashion Challenge WNET
Historical Feature  
AIDS in KC: Facing the Challenge Kansas City PBS
Preserving Our Past: The Story Continues Kansas City PBS
Facing the Laughter: Minnie Pearl Nashville Public Television
A Century at The Morris PBS Michiana - WNIT
Wisconsin Pride PBS Wisconsin
Blue Demons: A West Virginia Legacy West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Toledo Stories: The House That Love Built WGTE Public Media
L'dor V'dor: An Eternal Tree WGVU Public Media
By Parties Unknown WKU PBS
Buffalo Soldiers: Fighting on Two Fronts: A Local, USA Special WORLD Channel/GBH
Freedom House Ambulance: The FIRST Responders WQED
Dr. Norman C. Francis: A Legacy of Leadership WYES
Military Chronicles  
USS Iowa Iowa PBS
Kentucky Life: All Female Honor Flight KET
Friends & Neighbors | Leon's Heroes Dare2tri Lakeshore PBS
Founded on Friendship & Freedom: The National WWII Museum WYES
News & Public Affairs  
Kinship Care Arizona Public Media
Poisonous Ponds: Tackling Toxic Coal Ash Detroit Public Television
Idaho Listens Idaho Public Television
#HugsNotWalls 10th Annual Event KRWG Public Media
Lehigh Valley Risings: "African-American Businesses" Lehigh Valley Public Media
Louisiana Spotlight: The Cost of Coastal Restoration Louisiana Public Broadcasting
Voces de la Frontera - May Day 2023 Milwaukee PBS
"What If…" Nebraska Public Media
The High Cost of Higher Education PBS Charlotte WTVI
VPM News Focal Point: Gender and Identity VPM
Performing Arts  
PBS Appalachia The Life of a Musician Blue Ridge PBS/PBS Appalachia
Detroit Performs: Live from Marygrove Detroit Public Television
Poetry Out Loud KTWU
Eye On The Arts | Lannie Turner Lakeshore PBS
Kids Jam – Fyutch Lehigh Valley Public Media
Rhythm Café MKE Milwaukee PBS
First Stage Theater Academy Milwaukee PBS
How Singer/Songwriter Kathy Mattea Copes With an Aging Voice Nashville Public Television
Secret Monkey: My Home, NC PBS North Carolina
Art Elevated: The Governor's Mansion Artist Awards (Performing Arts Compilation) PBS Utah
Michael Perry: On the Road PBS Wisconsin
DMV The Beat WHUT - Howard University Television
ROMP - Rhiannon Giddens WKU PBS
Visual Arts  
Monograph: Thorton Dial Special Alabama Public Television
Create ID: Closer to God Idaho Public Television
Making #204 KMOS
Portrait of a Landscape: Winds of Renewal KTWU
Lehigh Valley Rising: "The Business of Creativity" Lehigh Valley Public Media
Jose Vera: Day of the Dead Artist Nashville Public Television
Gene Dillard's Mosaic House: My Home, NC PBS North Carolina
Anagama Kiln, a feature segment from 'Making it Grow' South Carolina ETV
Artico - Art & Activism WHUT - Howard University Television
State Street: What a trans teen has to say about Utah's care ban KUER
Speaking Of…Las Cronicas Milwaukee PBS
Ghost Herd Northwest Public Broadcasting
Indebted South Carolina ETV
Admissible: Shreds of Evidence VPM
Not So Black and White: A community's divided history WFSU
The Last Ride WGCU Public Media
Shakespeare Full Circle WGTE Public Media
Off the Page - The Great Displacement: Climate Change and the Next American Migration WSKG
Short Form  
RIO Arizona Public Media
One and Only Canaan Sandy Arkansas PBS
PBS Appalachia The Trout Farmer Blue Ridge PBS/PBS Appalachia
Iowa Miss Amazing Iowa PBS
Good Living Camp Nebraska Public Media
Wisconsin Life: The Eau Claire Project PBS Wisconsin
VPM News Focal Point: Prison Deaths VPM
Greater Sarasota: Rising to the Occasion WEDU PBS
Topical Feature  
Dirt Arkansas PBS
Facing Suicide 30 min. Program Iowa PBS
Higgins Ridge Montana PBS
From Homeless to Housed: Labath Landing NorCal Public Media
Northern Nights, Starry Skies PBS North
The Ups and Downs of Herb and Jan Conn South Dakota Public Broadcasting
VPM News Focal Point: Survivors VPM
Last to Ask WEDU PBS
Greater Ybor: Home of the Chicken WEDU PBS
Greater Chattanooga: Unsheltered WTCI PBS
A State of Mind: The Lone Wolf Wyoming Public Television
Radio – Environment  
Hometown, Alaska: Dog Poop Alaska Public Media
Ear to the Wild NorCal Public Media
Crab Bank is back as a beacon for saving seabirds South Carolina ETV and Public Radio
After taking over Fort Wool, seabird colony at Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel to get its own island WHRO Public Media
Radio – Local Storytelling  
I SEE U, Episode 69: Black Men On The Cutting Edge Houston Public Media
Roger Cooper's 'Classically Black' provided a showcase for Black musicians Illinois Public Media
More older Americans become homeless as inflation rises and housing costs spike Montana Public Radio
Palouse Gay Baseball: A queer space of one's own Northwest Public Broadcasting
Mundi Moves In WFSU
Working Virginia Series WHRO Public Media
Mission Complete: Honor Flight Bluegrass WKYU FM
Radio – News & Public Affairs  
Intermountain Health rethinks bottom surgeries for adult transgender patients KUER
Voices of Recovery and Hope WFYI
From recreational pontoons to the Cajun Navy, Pine Island evacuation draws strong, mixed emotions WGCU Public Media
Another View: The Confederate Statue Debate WHRO Public Media
Impacts of historic tornado outbreak still being felt one year later in Bowling Green WKYU FM
Radio – Society & Culture  
Hometown, Alaska: Renaissance Fair Debate Alaska Public Media
I SEE U, Episode 87: The Souls of Russell Hornsby Houston Public Media
Black Americana is openly for sale in Nebraska antique stores. Should it be? Nebraska Public Media
Reconnect Jackson Ward VPM
Another Way: How one Virginia city reckons with gun violence VPM
Us & Them: The Gun Divide West Virginia Public Broadcasting
The Long Journey For The Right to Vote WHRO Public Media
Crossing State Lines: Traveling for abortion care in post-Dobbs southern Kentucky WKYU FM
One year after historic tornado, conversations turn to helping Bowling Green's international community weather next disaster WKYU FM
Before They Take Us Away Antonia Grace Glenn, Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Tim Becherer, Patrick Glenn - KVIE
Black Fire - The Documentary Charvis Campbell, J. Plunky Branc - WHUT Howard University Television
Culture Quest: Ukraine Ian Grant
Mariposas del Campo Bill Yahraus
Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People Jennifer Loren, Maggie Cunningham, Tim Rogers, Colby Luper, Danielle Culp
Annual Report  
FY 2022 Annual Report Nebraska Public Media
2022 Local Content and Service Report to the Community NorCal Public Media
PBS Utah 2022 "Local Content & Service Report to the Community" PBS Utah
Twin Cities PBS 2022 Report to the Community Twin Cities PBS
WKU Public Media Local Content and Services Report WKU PBS
WVIA Community Impact Report 2022 WVIA Public Media
Integrated Media Campaign  
Shuttlesworth Alabama Public Television
Arkansas PBS Sports Media Campaign Arkansas PBS
Making Black America Marketing Detroit Public Television
Promotion Campaign for the U.S. History Collection on PBS LearningMedia GBH
2022 MS Book Festival Mississippi Public Broadcasting
PBS North Brand Launch PBS North
Public Media Giving Days Campaign PBS Utah
Time Machine Radio Network Campaign WHRO Public Media
WILL Celebrates 100 Years WILL
ROAR Documentary Marketing and Promotions Campaign WVIA Public Media
Mind Over Matter, A Mental Health Initiative, Season 2 WVIA Public Media
PBS Appalachia Pre-Launch Promo Blue Ridge PBS/PBS Appalachia
Coming Soon from Idaho Public Television Idaho Public Television
Eric Wiebe Testimonial Nebraska Public Media
Made in Wisconsin PBS Wisconsin
SCETV Safe Space PSA South Carolina ETV
Strawberry Fields Gose Beer Branding WHRO Public Media
Education Now - Poquoson High School Creates 'Giving Garden' WHRO Public Media
ROAR Documentary: Official Trailer Release WVIA Public Media
Social Media  
Monograph Alabama Public Television
Celebrating Arkansas Arkansas PBS
Iowa State Fair Iowa PBS
'After Action' Social Media Campaign South Carolina ETV
SCETV Safe Space Social Media Campaign South Carolina ETV
Illustration From Unique Perspectives VPM
WUCF Florida Road Trip WUCF
ROAR Documentary Launch: Social Media Campaign WVIA Public Media
Special Events  
Ball State PBS's "Happy Little Fest" Ball State PBS
Making Black Detroit Detroit Public Television
Milwaukee PBS 65th Anniversary Exhibit Milwaukee PBS
Health Channel Women's Health Fair South Florida PBS
International Holocaust Remembrance Day Conversations Twin Cities PBS
WHRO's Great Music Library Giveaway - 2023 WHRO Public Media
WSRE PBS 32nd Wine and Food Classic WSRE
Reflect and Remember WTVP Peoria
Community Pep Rally: ROAR Documentary Launch WVIA Public Media
Excellence in Marketing/Communications   
Arkansas PBS Excellence in Marketing/Communication Arkansas PBS
PBS Appalachia New Station Launch Blue Ridge PBS
Know Vape Idaho Public Television
Get More Local Campaign Lehigh Valley Public Media
Overall Excellence in Marketing & Communication Nebraska Public Media
Excellence in Community Engagement  
Arkansas PBS Excellence in Community Engagement Arkansas PBS
MPT's Harriet Tubman & Frederick Douglass Project Maryland Public Television
Finding Your Roots Conversation Series WETA
Excellence in Content  
Be Inspired Maryland Public Television
PBS North Carolina Original Content PBS North Carolina
LGBTQIA+ Youth: Finding Wellbeing and Community, a Town Hall Conversation WETA
WGCU Hurricane Ian Lifeline WGCU
Excellence in Innovation  
PBS Appalachia First All-Digital Public Television Station Blue Ridge PBS
Nebraska Public Media Labs Nebraska Public Media
WFSU Public Media WFSU Public Media
Excellence in Education  
Arkansas PBS Education Division Arkansas PBS
PBS Wisconsin Education PBS Wisconsin
Making a Digital Difference WHRO Public Media