2010 APTS Awards
The Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) presented its annual awards to exemplary leaders and stations within the public broadcasting community that provide innovative programs and effective advocacy on behalf of public television stations across the country. At the Annual PBS Meeting in Austin, TX, seven awards were given out.
The 2010 David J. Brugger Grassroots Advocacy Award
APTS presented the 2010 David J, Brugger Grassroots Advocacy Award to the Honorable Louis Wade Sullivan, M.D., Board Chairman of the Atlanta Educational Telecommunications Collaborative, Inc. The Brugger Award, named for the former President and Chief Executive Office of APTS, recognizes an individual who has shown exemplary leadership in advocacy on behalf of public television.
The Honorable Louis Wade Sullivan, M.D.
As Chairman of the entity that operates Public Broadcasting Atlanta, Dr. Sullivan understands the unique ability of public television and radio stations to positively impact the world in which we live. As one of the nation's leading public health policy experts, Dr. Sullivan combines his passion for public broadcasting with his commitment to creating public health education programs that are broadly available, accurate and accessible to all.
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The 2010 APTS EDGE Awards
The APTS EDGE Awards are presented annually to public television stations that use digital technology, groundbreaking partnerships and educational technologies to deliver innovative services to their communities.
Blue Ridge Public Television
Blue Ridge Public Television in Roanoke, Virginia was presented a 2010 EDGE Award for their innovative JobQuest project. JobQuest is a partnership Blue Ridge Public Television launched with 10 community partners that include Roanoke's leading local newspaper, Roanoke's top-rated commercial broadcaster, and local colleges and economic development offices to educate, empower and inspire their viewers with valuable information to find jobs during the economic recession. For more information on Blue Ridge Public Television's 2010 APTS EDGE Award, click here.
WHRO of Norfolk, VA was presented a 2010 EDGE Award for promoting student learning through the Hampton Roads Virtual Learning Center. The Hampton Roads Virtual Learning Center is built upon a centralized eLearning Management System, through which WHRO maintains individual, locally branded virtual school for each of the 18 public school divisions WHRO serves. These 18 virtual schools are co-located on a single set of servers residing at WHRO. For more information on WHRO's 2010 APTS EDGE Award, click here.
Vermont Public Television
Vermont Public Television was presented with a 2010 EDGE Award for their groundbreaking campaign to promote awareness of mental illness. Vermont Public Television teamed up with the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Vermont Law School and the Vermont office of the National Alliance on Mental Illness to carry out a multi-faceted, multi-platform, month-long community engagement campaign. This campaign brought together national and local television broadcast components, in tandem with web-based and community forums to create open discussions about challenges, solutions and impact of mental illness in Vermont communities. For more information on Vermont Public Television's 2010 APTS EDGE Award, click here.
The 2010 National Advocacy Award
The 2010 National Advocacy Award recognizes an individual or station that exemplifies effective advocacy on behalf of public television. This year's honors are Malcolm Brett, Director of Television for Wisconsin Public Television, Molly Phillips, Director of Communications for Iowa Public Television, and Rob Shuman, President and CEO of Maryland Public Television. They are being honored for their exceptional efforts in furthering public television's legislative goals.
Malcolm Brett, Director of Television for Wisconsin Public Television, was recognized for his role as an instrumental leader in the public broadcasting community. Brett's understated style, but dogged determination, was crucial as he advocated for meaningful and urgently needed fiscal stabilization funding for local public television and radio stations last year with his Congressman, Representative David Obey (D-WI). His passion and articulate manner are extremely effective in describing the services his station provides to Wisconsin residents.
Molly Phillips, Director of Communications for Iowa Public Television, was recognized for the integral role she plays in ensuring the voices and concerns of public television stations are heard on Capitol Hill and at the state level. Phillips has worked tirelessly over the years to build extremely close working relationships with her entire Congressional delegation. Phillips is public television's chief advocate with Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), who now not only serves as the Chairman of the Labor, HHS Appropriations Subcommittee, but also as Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, securing his position as one of the most influential Members of the Senate.
Rob Shuman, President and CEO of Maryland Public Television, was recognized for his determined efforts in the legislative process this year, which only adds to his long-standing advocacy work. Over the years, Shuman has cultivated respected working relationships with his Congressional delegation in Maryland, which includes some of the highest ranking members in Congress. It is no surprise that those Members, including House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen and Senator Barbara Mikulski, championed a number of public broadcasting's top priorities.
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