For immediate release
April 15, 1998


NPR Wins 1998 RFK Journalism Awards for African News Coverage and Teenage Diaries Series
RFK Award Tally Reaches 18


Washington, DC National Public Radio® (NPR®) has increased its count of Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards to a total of 18, with two 1998 honors -- first prize in the International Radio category for coverage of Rwanda and Zaire/Congo, and an honorable mention in the Domestic Radio category for the Teenage Diaries series on All Things Considered®. The R.F.K. Awards, sponsored by the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, recognize outstanding coverage of the problems of the disadvantaged.

In the International Radio category, NPR correspondent Jennifer Ludden was praised by the award committee for overcoming "professional challenges and personal hazards to produce a lucid audio narrative of a year of change in Central Africa". Also cited was producer Michael Sullivan, as well as foreign desk editors Loren Jenkins and Paul Glickman.

NPR's innovative "Teenage Diaries" series on All Things Considered, produced by Joe Richman and edited by Deborah George, gave listeners a first-hand glimpse into the personal lives of teens in America, who tape-recorded themselves. One segment chronicles the journey of Juan, an illegal immigrant in Colorado, as he travels back to Mexico to visit his ailing grandfather. The executive producer for All Things Considered is Ellen Weiss.

The thirtieth annual R.F.K. Awards will be handed out by Mrs. Robert F. Kennedy at noon on Wednesday, May 13th at The Freedom Forum World Center in Arlington, Virginia.

National Public Radio, a membership organization of 600 public radio stations nationwide, produces and distributes the award-winning programs All Things Considered®, Talk of the Nation®, Weekend Edition® and NPR's Performance Today®.