Awards

NPR's Scott Simon hosted the Public Radio News Directors Inc. annual awards banquet at the Wynham Hotel Playhouse Square in Cleveland on Saturday, June 22nd.  At the banquet, Mr. Simon helped PRNDI present over 100 awards to local public radio stations from around the nation for work completed in 2012.  "PRNDI has been honoring the best work in local public radio for over 25 years, and is pleased to be able to recognize the great work that is being done by local public radio stations," said George Bodarky, PRNDI's current president.  "We were very excited to have Scott Simon help us to present this year's awards."

Each year, PRNDI honors an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to public radio news.  The award is named in honor of its first recipient: Leo C. Lee, the founder of Western Public Radio, a San Francisco-based public radio training program.

Public Radio Celebrates Local Journalism

Jul 1, 2012
Amy Tardiff / PRNDI

Public media journalist Ellen Weiss is this year's winner of PRNDI's Leo C. Lee Award. Weiss, who appeared in Houston during PRNDI's annual awards banquet, reminded journalists that "public radio is resilient, but you can't take anything for granted." "You've thrived and survived because of great journalism," said Weiss. Weiss, who's now executive editor at the Center for Public Integrity, built her reputation as a news manager at NPR.

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