Mentor to Many Named Leo C. Lee Honoree

Feb 3, 2015

Tanya Ott

The PRNDI Board is pleased to announce the 2015 recipient of the Leo C. Lee award. 

The name of this year’s winner is synonymous with public radio. Tanya Ott’s contributions to the industry are many-fold. 

Tanya is currently making an impact as Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Vice President of Radio, but the effects of her previous accomplishments are still rippling throughout the industry.  

Tanya spent more than two decades as a journalist and news manager at public radio stations in Florida, Colorado and Alabama. During her 10 years as News Director of WBHM in Birmingham, the station won multiple awards for its in-depth local coverage. But, Tanya has never been one to be stingy with her knowledge and expertise in creating award-winning journalism.  

For several years Tanya served as a trainer for PRNDI, helping countless journalists improve their craft.  

In her role as a PRNDI trainer, Tanya helped to develop a successful regional workshop offering fresh strategies for newer public radio reporters. Tanya has also trained public media journalists and programmers through her work with PRPD’s Morning Edition Grad School (MEGS). She is a tireless educator who wants nothing more than to see the industry grow and succeed. In recent months Tanya has been out front working to help stations handle newscasts and breaks with the new NPR clocks.  

Over the course of her public media career, Tanya has also helped to shape some critical research projects, including the PRPD Core Values of News, Localism and Morning Edition, and the AIR/PRNDI Guide for Station Freelance Acquisitions.

The PRNDI Board looks forward to formally presenting Tanya with the Leo C. Lee award at our conference in Salt Lake City this June. In the meantime, please join us in raising a Diet Coke (those who know Tanya well enough will get the reference), to offer a big congratulations to Tanya!