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NPR Honored With NABJ Salute To Excellence National Media Awards

NPR brought the heat to Philadelphia this weekend, winning a total of five honors at the 35th annual National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair.

The awards were announced on Saturday, August 7, at a black tie gala recognizing journalism in radio, print, TV, public relations and digital media that best addresses the African and/or African-American experience.

Check out the winners:

  • "A Year of Challenges: Haiti After the Quake" received recognition for Interactive News, produced by NPR's Digital and Multimedia teams
  • Tell Me More won for best Public Affairs Program
  • Michel Martin's "Can I Just Tell You?" commentaries took home the Radio Commentary award
  • NPR National Desk reporter Allison Keyes for her feature "Donny Hathaway: Neglected Heart of Soul"
  • NPR National Desk reporter Allison Keyes' "Remembering Civil Rights Activist Dorothy Height" for Long Form News (that's right, she won two!)

Teshima Walker, Executive Producer of Tell Me More, said that Michel and the show's staff are all delighted by the honors. "We like to believe that we work very hard to produce an enlightening and informative program that also entertains." She added that the awards "offer a vote of confidence for our efforts."

Three NPR member stations were also honored this weekend. WNYC New York, WBEZ Chicago and WUNC North Carolina each won four awards at the gala for sports, investigative, feature, news, documentary and public affairs reporting.

Allow me to do some quick calculations...(4 x 3) + 5 = 17 for public media in the 22 categories for radio. I think that's what they call "cleaning up."

More information about the awards is available in our media advisory, and details about Tell Me More's live broadcast from the convention can be found on the show's page at

Congratulations to all of the winners and everyone who worked to make these programs exceptional.