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PBS39 wins national education awards

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 by The Press in Local News

The National Educational Telecommunications Association announced during a ceremony in Salt Lake City, Utah that PBS39 has won two major national awards. These awards honor excellence in community engagement, promotion, instructional media and content production. In the Special Event category, PBS39 won for PBS39’s 50th Anniversary Gala, while in the category of Engaged Learning, PBS39 won for “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?”

“PBS39 is honored to be recognized for the outstanding work of our team,” Tim Fallon, chief executive officer of PBS39, said. “We understand the importance of education through public media and how it affects the lives of our members and viewers. These two programs are perfect examples of how we are using our dynamic communication platforms and resources to achieve our mission of fulfilling the needs of the Greater Lehigh Valley.”

PBS39’s 50th Anniversary Gala was a celebration of the first 50 years of PBS39 and an opportunity to create greater community awareness for PBS39’s next half century. The evening recognized three highly respected community leaders, Dr. Karen Walton, Kassie Hilgert and the Honorable Maxwell Davison. Special guests included Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Paula Kerger, with Tony Orlando as the evening’s host. NETA judges raved about the program, saying, “A+! Impressive results!”

“What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” is designed to bring 21st century manufacturing career awareness to middle school students and teach them digital storytelling. This contest, in partnership with industrial resource centers throughout Pennsylvania, was launched in the 2012-13 school year and has since grown to include 12 regions in the state. Judges commented, “this contest is very effective in building knowledge and skills of the student teams” and “I think every station should steal this idea.”

The NETA conference is an annual three-day event where public media organizations from around the country meet for a “Public Media Thought Leader Forum” presented by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The event includes guest speakers, a lineup of professional development sessions, receptions and the NETA Awards. PBS39 was one of only seven public media organizations to win multiple awards at the ceremony.

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