For immediate release
June 11, 1998


NPR Wins 1998 Gabriel Award Honors


Washington, DC - National Public Radio (NPR) has won two 1998 Gabriel Award honors - a Short Feature Award and a Certificate of Merit in Arts and Entertainment. The short feature award honors "Make It Better, Grandmother," a personal journalism piece by correspondent Vertamae Grosvenor which aired on Morning Edition as part of NPR's year-long project "The End of Life: Exploring Death in America". NPR's Performance Today received a certificate of merit for "A King Celebration: NPR's Performance Today Onstage with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra". The Gabriel Awards honor works of excellence in broadcasting that serve audiences through the positive, creative treatment of concerns to humankind.

In the extraordinary feature "Make It Better, Grandmother," Grosvenor took her eight-year-old grandson to Oaxaca, Mexico to experience the ancient Days of the Dead ceremonies, in an effort to help him mourn his father's death. The piece was produced by James Wallace and Maria Martin, and edited by Sharon Green. The continuing project "The End of Life: Exploring Death in America" examines the medical, psychosocial, spiritual and cultural aspects of dying in 20th century America, on NPR's airwaves and on its website at http://www.npr.org/programs/death.

Each year, NPR's Performance Today travels to Atlanta to bring listeners "A King Celebration," a concert broadcast honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the civil rights leader's home town. In 1997 the program, hosted from the stage by Martin Goldsmith, originated from Morehouse College, Dr. King's alma mater. It featured performances by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the glee clubs of Morehouse and Spelman colleges. The senior producer of "A King Celebration" was Ben Roe and the editor was Carroll Moore. The executive producer of NPR's Performance Today is Don Lee. "A King Celebration" was supported by grants from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Gabriel Awards will be presented at the Hotel DuParc in Montreal on August 8, 1998. The awards are sponsored by Unda-USA, a professional membership organization of Catholic communicators working in radio and television.

National Public Radio, a membership organization of 591 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®.