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53rd Annual Public Media Awards Finalists


NETA is proud to announce the finalists for the 53rd Annual Public Media Awards

The Public Media Awards honor our members' finest work in community engagement, content, education, marketing/communications, 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 53rd Annual Public Media Awards Gala on January 25, 2022.  Register here


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Gallery of Finalists

List of Finalists:

COVID-19 Community Engagement  
Virtual Camps for Kids and Families ThinkTV
Library Pathfinders West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Disrupted: How Covid Changed Education WETA
Community Initiative  
Celebrating Black Lives Every Day and All Year Long Arkansas PBS
The WNET Group's "New American Dream" Virtual Town Hall Series WNET
Racism: Challenging Perceptions VPM
Reading in the Delta Arkansas PBS
Read for the Record 2020 West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Kids & Family  
Smart Snacks Lehigh Valley Public Media
Wander & Wonder Activity Videos Iowa PBS
Workshop for Well-Being Detroit Public Television
WFSU Summer Challenge 2021 Mountains, Hills and Mounds WFSU
Summer Series Lehigh Valley Public Media
Vegas PBS KIDS Writers Contest Presented by Janice Allen Vegas PBS
Local Project  
Juneteenth Lehigh Valley Lehigh Valley Public Media
Science Pub WSKG
Conversations for Change Maryland Public Television
Reading in the Delta Arkansas PBS
National Project  
Indie Lens Pop-Up Vegas PBS
Move to Include WXXI
PBS Writers Contest West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Preventing Youth Suicide in Alaska - Well Beings Tour Alaska Public Media
Arts & Entertainment  
Greater Sarasota Episode 4 - Learning a Legacy, Sailor Circus Academy WEDU
Bird: Not Out of Nowhere KCPT
Saving Art - One Artist at a Time Arizona PBS
This is Utah: The Art of Healing PBS Utah
Classical: BTS Season 2 - Illinois Public Media Illinois Public Media
Hero Elementary "AJ's Extra Superpower" TPT
Legacy List with Matt Paxton (Season 2) VPM
Articulate with Jim Cotter Lehigh Valley Public Media
COVID-19 Content  
TESTED: Houston's Response to COVID-19 Houston Public Media
Career Hacks WGBH
Carolina Impact Forever Changed: COVID and the New Normal PBS Charlotte
American Portrait: Central Illinois - Lift Every Voice Illinois Public Media
Cultural Documentary  
Urban Forge: Ozark Artistry Arkansas PBS
Greater Chattanooga: Legacy of Love WTCI PBS
MLK: Celebrating the Legacy Arizona PBS
This Light of Mine: The Making of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe WEDU
Under the Ground: The Story of Liberation News Service Rhode Island PBS
The Story of Us: A KMOS American Portrait Special KMOS
How Students are Fighting Zoom Fatigue WETA
Vegas PBS STEAM Camp Vegas PBS
Dark History - A Segment from Rhode Island PBS Weekly Rhode Island PBS
Math Minute WKNO
Historical Documentary  
Back in Time: Reign of Terror OETA
Idaho Experience: Ahead of Her Time Idaho Public Television
Chasing Silver: The Story of Gorham Rhode Island PBS
In the Shadow of Fairview OPB
Charlie's Old West Montana PBS
Ralph Willis Goddard: New Mexico's First Broadcaster KRWG Public Media
Military Chronicles  
Utah Insight: Wounds of War - Veterans and Mental Health PBS Utah
A New Mission KSPS
Greater Chattanooga: Touched by War WTCI PBS
News & Public Affairs  
Great Lakes Now (Episodes 1016-1026) Detroit Public Television
Why Race Matters PBS Wisconsin
Mothers First Houston Public Media
Rhode Island PBS Weekly Rhode Island PBS
Alaska Insight Alaska Public Media
Living Downstream: The Environmental Justice Podcast Northern California Public Media
Stories from the Stage: The Podcast WORLD Channel (WGBH)
Seizing Freedom VPM
"On Our Minds": A Teen Mental Health Podcast WETA
Short Form  
Protest to Paint KSPS
This is Utah: A Poet's Mind PBS Utah
The Conversation Remix WORLD Channel (WGBH)
This is Utah: Art Heals: The Jingle Dress Project PBS Utah
Wild Horses: America's Most Beloved Invasive Species? PBS North Carolina
Eyes on the Arts | Luke Eliot/Plum Grove Music Lakeshore Public Media
Topical Documentary  
The Z-Factor: Women in New England Politics Rhode Island PBS
California's Forgotten Children WTVP
Rosemary West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Use of Digital Media  
Beyond the Report Texas Tech University Public Media
Interactive Digital Projects Nashville Public Television
Monograph (Series) Alabama Public Television
Indie Alaska Alaska Public Media
You Decide: Know. Think. Participate 2020' Civics Campaign Arkansas PBS
Educational Resources for the Classroom  
Re/sound: Songs of Wisconsin PBS Wisconsin
Remote Learning K-3 PBS Western Reserve
"Back to School" Student Reporting Modules WETA
Educational Resources for the Community  
"Back to School" Student Reporting Modules WETA
Lehigh Valley Reads - Build a Library. Build a Future. Lehigh Valley Public Media
VA TV Classroom - Season 2 WHRO
Alzheimer's What Can You Do VPM
Innovation in Education  
Molly of Denali Inspired Virtual Museum with Muscogee of Florida WFSU
"Fun Lab TV" KLCS
NOVA Science Studio WGBH
Learning Events  
Face the Facts': Election 2020 Youth Town Hall WETA
Our Ohio WOUB Public Media
Youth Collective Summit WNET
Disrupted: How Covid Changed Education WETA
NOVA Education Virtual Field Trips WGBH
Reading Across Rhode Island: STAMPED Evenings for Educators Rhode Island PBS
Teacher Professional Learning  
PBS KIDS Community Learning Cohort for Library Staff PBS Wisconsin
Portraits of Courage: The Story of Women's Suffrage in Arkansas Arkansas PBS
PSU Micro-credentialing Lehigh Valley Public Media
Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas Kim Haas/NorCal Public Media
HEARD Martin Montgomery/VPM
Rap Squad Nathan Willis//Arkansas PBS
Annual Report  
WQED in the Time of Covid. "Rising to the Occasion" Community Impact Report WQED
Dimensions Membership Guide WHRO
Annual Report Nebraska Public Media
Annual Report 2020 Lehigh Valley Public Media
Pennsylvania PBS Use and Impact Report WVIA 
Illinois Public Media 2020 Annual Report Illinois Public Media
Alaska Public Media's 2020 Annual Report to the Community Alaska Public Media
COVID-19 Marketing/Communications  
Call in COVID-19 Teako Testimonial Promo KRWG Public Media
Integrated Media Campaign  
PBS Wisconsin Racial Justice PBS Wisconsin
"The Glow With Big Piph" promotional effort Arkansas PBS
The Story of Us: A KMOS American Portrait Special KMOS
Tulsa Race Massacre: 100 Years Later OETA
Alaska Public Media's Daily Digest Alaska Public Media
Work Like a Girl: Pierette Swan WHRO
Rise and Shine Promotion Campaign - Theme Song & Mr. Steve the Music Man B&D Arkansas PBS
Datacasting Promo SCETV
Melanie and Mr. Rogers WEDU
KRWG Fronteras Immigration Promo KRWG Public Media
Social Media  
Women in STEM WSKG
More Than Half PBS Utah
Why Race Matters PBS Wisconsin
Community Update on Coronavirus Lehigh Valley Public Media
Special Event  
Athlete of the Year Award Lehigh Valley Public Media
Roundo WTVP
"We the Young People" Inauguration Special WETA
Work Like a Girl: Talking Welding with Pierette Swan WHRO
NASA - Live Stream Arkansas PBS
Excellence in Community Engagement   
The WNET Group Community Engagement Department WNET
Arkansas PBS: Celebrating Black Lives, Educating Communities, Telling Arkansas Stories Arkansas PBS
Well Beings Youth Mental Health Tour WETA
MPT's Standing Against Racism Initiative  Maryland Public Television
Excellence in Content  
NETA Excellence in Content Compilation Lakeshore Public Media
Montana PBS Excellence in Content Montana PBS
Arkansas PBS  Arkansas PBS
Excellence in Education  
WTCI Education Partnerships WTCI PBS
KET Education KET
Arizona PBS: Education Across Generations, Cultures Arizona PBS
Arkansas PBS Education Department Arkansas PBS
Excellence in Marketing/Communications  
Nebraska Public Media - Excellence in Marketing/Communications Nebraska Public Media
Arkansas PBS Marketing and Engagement Team Arkansas PBS
NPT Digital + Nashville Public Television
Classroom Idaho Idaho Public Television
Excellence in COVID-19 Response  
Arizona PBS COVID-19 Response Arizona PBS
South Carolina ETV, Covid-19 Response SCETV
Service to Alabama: APT's Covid-19 Response Alabama Public Television
Excellence in Innovation  
Above & Beyond West Virginia Public Broadcasting