May 1, 2007
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NPR WINS THREE WEBBY AWARDS

NPR CHOSEN FOR “BEST PODCASTS” AMONG IADAS MEMBERSHIP,
“BEST PODCASTS” AND “BEST RADIO” IN PUBLIC COMPETITION;
NPR’S “MY CANCER” BLOG CHOSEN FOR SPECIAL HONOR



May 1, 2007; Washington, D.C. – In the 11th annual Webby Awards, NPR was chosen as “Best Podcasts” among both the Webby’s digital media membership and its public competition, and “Best Radio” in the public competition, it was announced today. Separately, the NPR on-air commentary, podcast and blog “My Cancer,” created and written by journalist Leroy Sievers, was named for a special Official Honoree recognition.

NPR’s podcasts won the top honor from the Webby’s International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences membership. In the separate “People’s Voice Awards,” selected by more than 400,000 votes from the public, NPR won in the radio and podcasting categories.

As a Webby Official Honoree, NPR’s “My Cancer” initiative was recognized for “an outstanding caliber of work.” For the past year, broadcast journalist Leroy Sievers has chronicled his battle with cancer and its impact on his life in an on-air commentary, podcast and blog at http://www.npr.org/blogs/mycancer. The multimedia project has created a community that has shared personal experiences and provided support. Of the more than 8,000 entries submitted to the Webby Awards this year, fewer than 15% were distinguished as an Official Honoree.

The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Web sites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile Web sites. This year’s contest received a record 8,000 entries from all 50 states and more than 60 countries. Winners will be recognized at a ceremony on June 5 in New York City.

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