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WFSU is nominated for two Public Media Awards

Four children stand outside at a table creating crafts as a woman in teal looks on.
Lydell Rawls
WFSU Public Media
Haley Perkins mans one of many booths at one of two Bee In My Garden Days events.

Columbia, SC – The National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) recognizes public media’s achievements with the annual Public Media Awards (PMA). The 54th PMA winners will be announced at the PMA Gala on Sunday, September 18, 2022, at the 2022 NETA Conference and CPB Public Media Thought Leader Forum.

The Public Media Awards, presented by NETA, honor our member's work in the highest caliber community engagement, content, education, marketing and communications. A mosaic of relevant content that reflects both creativity and diversity that paint rich stories of truth and consequence. Piece by piece and member by member, we come together as choreographers of the public good, to spark more imagination and inspiration than we ever could have alone.

“Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees,” said NETA President Eric Hyyppa. “As always, the entries are outstanding and shine a spotlight on the exemplary work that is happening across the public media system.”

The National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) has nominated WFSU Public Media for two Public Media Awards. Public Media Awards are named annually; the event is in its 54th year.

The first award nomination comes under the Community Engagement category and focuses on national projects. WFSU’s Bee in my Garden Days is being recognized in this category. A grant from PBS Nature: My Garden of a Thousand Bees helped to fund this project which attempted to educate on the importance of bees and other pollinators while teaching the community how to cultivate pollinator-friendly habitats.

WFSU is also nominated under the Educational Resources for the Community category for the 2022 Summer Challenge event titled Level Up Land!

Summer Challenge is an annual project hosted by the WFSU Education and Engagement team. This year’s summer challenge focused on leveling up soft skills and teaching about ideas related to the workplace. WFSU partnered with various local businesses and provided workshops, digital media, and practical resources to students, parents, and educators throughout the summer.

In response to the nominations, Tasha Weinstein, WFSU's education and outreach manager stated, "WFSU truly has the most wonderful partners in all that we do! Our Summer Challenge makes it as easy as possible for families to explore the wonders of their community, celebrate reading books, try new foods, be creative, and build curiosity about the world around them. I am immensely excited that our team's efforts have been recognized with these nominations!"

Whitney Reynolds will host the 54th Public Media Awards. Reynolds is the executive producer, host, and "chief inspo officer" of the Telly Award-winning and Emmy-nominated Whitney Reynolds Show. Reynolds believes in more seats at the table, inspiration in the hard moments, and hope for all. This mindset for unique programming originally bucked the trend when the Whitney Reynolds Show launched on PBS.

The 54th Public Media Awards winners will be announced at the PMA Gala on Sunday, September 18, 2022, at the 2022 NETA Conference and CPB Public Media Thought Leader Forum.