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52nd Annual Public Media Awards Finalists

 

NETA is proud to announce our finalists for the 52nd Annual Public Media Awards! 

The Public Media Awards honor our members' finest work in education, community engagement, marketing/communications and content. This year saw a record number of entries from stations across the country as new categories were introduced recognizing excellence in podcasts and digital media use as well as awards in each category specific to the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the exception of the overall excellence categories, stations competed within their appropriate divisions based on their station size. 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. 

 

List of Finalists

Community Initiative

High School Quiz Show

WGBH

Vegas PBS American Graduate

Vegas PBS

Here and Now: Race and Justice

Lakeshore Public Media

Every 1 Counts

KSMQ

Local Project

Youth Collective

Thirteen - WNET

Shaping Narratives

WGVU Public Media

Walker County Free Little Libraries

Alabama Public Television

Finding Your Roots

Lehigh Valley Public Media

KMOS Classroom: Summer School

KMOS

National Project

Be My Neighbor Day Mobile, Alabama

Alabama Public Television

Retro Local Stories and Screening

WFSU

Country Music

Arkansas PBS

Country Music

Lehigh Valley Public Media

WVPB's Read for the Record 2019

West Virginia Public Broadcasting

COVID-19 Community Engagement

Telehealth

SCETV

TPT NOW TV & Partners Reaching Cultural Communities

TPT

Vegas PBS' Nevada Week Unemployment Newsbite

Vegas PBS

It's Camp

Lehigh Valley Public Media

Coronavirus: Mental Health and Wellness

WNIT

Maine Public's COVID 19 Community Engagement

Maine Public

WTVP COVID-19 Response

WTVP

Arts & Entertainment

Acapocalypse! A Cappella's New Note

PBS Wisconsin

Bleed Through

Kansas City PBS

This is Oklahoma Country

OETA

Eye On The Arts | Paul Henry's Art Gallery

Lakeshore Public Media

Lost River Sessions

WKU PBS

Kitchen Queens: New Orleans

WYES

Vienna, Leipzig and New Orleans

WLAE

Cultural Documentary

A Sculpted Life

NET Nebraska

Knee to Knee

UNC-TV

The Art of Home: A Wind River Story

Wyoming PBS

Assignment Maine: Ice Harvesting

Maine Public 

In Tune: A Community of Musicians

West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Oh My Gourd! The Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular Story

Rhode Island PBS

Education/Schools

Preventing Youth Suicide: A KET Forum

KET

No Labels Attached: Breaking Down Misconceptions and Stereotypes

WETA

KMOS Classroom: Summer School

KMOS

Workforce Development Playbook

PBS Charlotte

Historical Documentary

Hollywood's Architect: The Paul R. Williams Story

PBS SoCal

Marriner Eccles: Father of the Modern Federal Reserve

PBS Utah

Capturing History

KSPS

Forged in Steel: Roots of American Soccer

Lehigh Valley Public Media

The State of Equality

Wyoming PBS

News & Public Affairs

Great Lakes Now Series

Detroit Public Television

Journey to Jobs

Thirteen - WNET

Battling Opioids

WVIA

Community Conversation: Vaping - Inhaling the Unknown

Lehigh Valley Public Media

PBS39 News Tonight

Lehigh Valley Public Media

Project Puffin

Maine Public

Taking Care of You

PBS Charlotte

Podcast

Raising Me

WEDU

The Filter

Kansas City PBS

The Sound of Home (The PlainStory Podcast (S2))

NET Nebraska

What We Do

WHRO Public Media

Iditapod

Alaska Public Media

VPM Launched Podcast To "Find the Helpers" During A Pandemic

VPM

You Bet Your Garden: Is Your Garlic in The Ground?

Lehigh Valley Public Media

Short Form

Hazel Walker: Arkansas Traveler

Arkansas PBS

Iowa PBS Explores: The Polio Epidemic

Iowa PBS

The Helpers

LPB

Search It Up

WGBH

In Pursuit of Perfection

Lehigh Valley Public Media

Calling the Salmon Home

KSPS

VIA Short Takes - Mark Jury…Beyond Demons

WVIA

Topical Documentary

Aging Matters: Companionship & Intimacy

Nashville Public Television

And The Floods Came: Nebraska 2019

NET Nebraska

From Wool to Wearer

NorCal Public Media

Linking Land and Lakes: Protecting Great Lakes’ Coastal Wetlands

WCMU Public Media

Tennessee Tornado: Putnam Strong

WCTE

Working Dogs - Farm to Fork Wyoming

Wyoming PBS

Use of Digital Media

Country Music: A Nashville Story

Nashville Public Television

Let's Talk: How to Talk to Kids About Race

PBS Utah

Indie Alaska

Alaska Public Media

Edible Mountain

West Virginia Public Broadcasting

COVID-19 Content

Meet the Helpers Coronavirus Interstitial Series

WUCF

PBS Wisconsin's COVID-19 Content

PBS Wisconsin

KMOS NOW: COVID-19 Health

KMOS

American Portrait | Central Illinois: Living Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

WILL

Close Encounters of a Virtual Kind

NorCal Public Media

Educational Resources for the Classroom

#Election2020 Journalism Toolkit

WETA

$martPath with Megan Piphus

CET Connect

LGBTQ+ Identity: Classroom Resources

Thirteen - WNET

Making Sense of Coronavirus Through Storytelling and Media Making

WETA

The Gene: An Intimate History

WETA

Computer Science for Your Classroom: Ohio's Standards

PBS Western Reserve

What's so Cool about Manufacturing

RSU-TV

Educational Resources for the Community

Arkansas AMI

Arkansas PBS

Thinkalong - Current Events for the Curious Classroom

Connecticut Public Television

Start with a Book

WETA

Booknooks

Lehigh Valley Public Media

Career Explore Northwest

KSPS

In-Person Learning Events

Click Teacher Summer Camp

PBS Wisconsin

Youth Collective

Thirteen - WNET

Summer Series

Lehigh Valley Public Media

Virtual Learning Events

LPB Prehistoric Virtual Road Trip

LPB

Unstoppable: The Road to Women's Rights

Alabama Public Television

WFSU RTLCon 2020

WFSU

Teacher Professional Learning

2020 PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs Teacher Workshop

WETA

David O'Connor WFN exemplar

PBS Wisconsin

Coaching Self-Expression - Go in, Poet

Arkansas PBS

TILT Collaborative Learning Program for Teachers

Montana PBS

Building Blocks for Early Childhood Education Services

Rhode Island PBS

COVID-19 Education

Let's Learn NYC

Thirteen - WNET

Mental Health During COVID-19 Professional Development Course

KET

VA TV Classroom - Season 1

WHRO

Making Sense of Coronavirus Through Storytelling and Media Making

WETA

WUCF At-Home Learning

WUCF

KMOS Classroom: Summer School

KMOS

RSU-TV Education

RSU-TV

Integrated Media Campaign

City Voices: Homelessness to Hopefulness

WHRO Public Media

GobbledyBook

Arkansas PBS

PBS Utah Rebrand

PBS Utah

The Summer of '69

Thirteen - WNET

Lehigh Valley Reads Million Minute Challenge

Lehigh Valley Public Media

Pennsylvania PBS - Battling Opioids

WVIA

VPM Experience

VPM

Your Year 2020

Rhode Island PBS

Promotion

WEDU At-Home Learning Spot

WEDU

SCETV Holiday Message

SCETV

Science-U Parent Inspiration PSA

WPSU

Glory Days - Part III

WLAE

Making Teaser

KMOS

Special Event

Molly of Denali Virtual Family Learning Nights

WHRO Public Media

Sesame Street In Communities - O'Neill

NET Nebraska

NPT's 'Country Music' Premiere Party

Nashville Public Television

Prehistoric Road Trip Facebook Live

NET Nebraska

Sesame Street 50th

Lehigh Valley Public Media

COVID-19 Marketing/Communications

At-Home Learning

PBS Wisconsin

Education Campaign

Arkansas PBS

Martha Reads

WHRO Public Media

Speaking of Nebraska: COVID-19 Town Hall Series

NET Nebraska

Spirit of Kentucky promotion

KET

A Tribute to "The Helpers": 60

WSRE

First Lady of Virginia Partners with VPM On COVID PSAs for Kids

VPM

Excellence in Community Engagement

Better Together

WTVP

Alabama Celebrates 200 Years!

Alabama Public Television

Arkansas PBS Community Engagement

Arkansas PBS

WNET Community Engagement

WNET

Excellence in Content

Alaska Public Media - The statewide leader in public TV, radio, news and digital content

Alaska Public Media

Arkansas PBS

Arkansas PBS

KET (Kentucky Educational Television)

KET

Milwaukee PBS

Milwaukee PBS

Excellence in Education

Arkansas PBS Education Programming

Arkansas PBS

Idaho Public Television

Idaho Public Television

SCETV Education

SCETV

Excellence in Marketing/Communication

An Extraordinary Year

KET

NET - Nebraska's PBS & NPR Stations

NET Nebraska

NPT Digital+

Nashville Public Television

Excellence in Innovation

At-Home Learning

PBS SoCal

KMOS Classroom: Summer School

KMOS

RSU-TV Covid-19 Response

RSU-TV

WHRO to the Rescue!

WHRO Public Media

FLY BROTHER with Ernest White II

Ernest White II (NorCal Public Media)

InSpire

Randy Ham (Basin PBS)

The Long Shadow

Jed Riffe

 

 

View Finalists Work

Interested in seeing the award submissions? View our finalist gallery and see the best of the best in public media!

 

Award Ceremony

The 52nd Public Media Awards ceremony will take place during the 2021 NETA Conference and CPB Thought Leader Forum being held virtually from January 25 – 28, 2021.

Register to attend the 2021 NETA Conference and CPB Thought Leader Forum

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