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THE 2010 NATIONAL ADVOCACY AWARD

The 2010 National Advocacy Award

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
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
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
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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