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For immediate release
December 16, 2005
Contact:
Emily Hellewell, NPR:
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Morning Edition Series "Hidden Kitchens" Honored with Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award

The Kitchen Sisters Series Explores Food, Tradition and Community

Washington, D.C. "Hidden Kitchens," an ongoing series on NPR newsmagazine Morning Edition has been chosen for a 2006 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award. The series is a collaboration between The Kitchen Sisters award-winning producers Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, independent producer Jay Allison and Morning Edition editor Neva Grant.

"Hidden Kitchens" was one of 13 winners chosen from 628 radio and television entries submitted to the prestigious competition. In explaining its choice of "Hidden Kitchens," the duPont-Columbia judges noted the series used unusual kitchens as cultural explorations, showing how the production and consumption of food revealed deeper truths about everything from an endangered farm family to homelessness in America. Food programs are a staple on television, but these radio stories brought out the sociological side of food with intimacy and imagination."

According to Kevin Klose, President and Chief Executive Officer, NPR, "From its start, this series has touched NPR listeners at their core, beautifully capturing how our lives and communities are shaped by our everyday uses of food. We are grateful that the duPont-Columbia committee also recognized this work, which comes from the heart and soul, and we salute Davia, Nikki, Jay and Neva."

Nelson and Silva have been producing radio stories together for NPR since 1979. Along with Allison, they are the creators of the Peabody Award-winning "Lost & Found Sound" series and the Peabody-winning "The Sonic Memorial Project" series, both of which aired on All Things Considered.

The phenomenal public reception to "Hidden Kitchens" inspired the Kitchen Sisters to write Hidden Kitchens: Stories, Recipes and More. The book, just released by Rodale Books, was inspired by the Morning Edition series, features 30 recipes combined with the stories, listener messages and photographs.

For 25 years, independent producer and journalist Jay Allison has created hundreds of documentaries, essays and special series for global broadcast and has won virtually every major industry award, including five Peabodys. He currently produces and hosts the weekly Morning Edition and All Things Considered series "This I Believe."

Grant came to NPR in 1982, worked on Weekend Edition Saturday for seven years and has been a Senior Producer on Morning Edition since 1998. Grant's editing of "Hidden Kitchens" has won her a second DuPont-Columbia award for NPR; she was awarded a duPont-Columbia in 2000 for her work editing the Youth Radio-produced "E-mails from Kosovo."

Accepting Nelson, Silva, Allison and Grant will be presented with a Silver Baton at an awards ceremony on January 18, 2006 at Columbia University.

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