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For immediate release
February 15, 2002
NPR: Laura Gross

Weekend All Things ConsideredŽ Wins 2002 Gracie Allen Award

WASHINGTON, DC - Weekend All Things Considered from NPRŽ News has been awarded the American Women in Television and Radio's (AWRT) National Gracie Allen Award for the documentary Loss and Its Aftermath. The Gracie Allen Awards will be presented by Joan Rivers on April 17, 2002, at the New York Hilton Hotel. This is the first Gracie Allen Award received by NPR.

Loss and Its Aftermath explores how the death of children during armed conflict and political struggle affects Palestinian and Israeli families. NPR News correspondent Jacki Lyden spoke with four families to discover what the loss of each child has meant. Their stories are about sorrow and the steps families take to overcome such a tragic loss. Loss and Its Aftermath, produced by Davar Ardalan and edited by Doug Roberts, presents an often forgotten interpretation of the human cost of the conflict in the Middle East.

AWRT strives to further develop women's roles in broadcasting media and the communications industry. The Gracie Allen Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of broadcasting professionals around the country. The Awards program recognizes the quality programming created by women, for women and about women in broadcasting.

NPR's Weekend All Things Considered is among a number of 2002 Gracie Allen Awards winners, including ABC News' 20/20, 60 Minutes II, Dateline NBC, HBO's Sex and the City, CNN's Paula Zahn, Entertainment Tonight's Mary Hart and NBC's The West Wing.

Weekend All Things Considered brings listeners a timely, intelligent and in-depth presentation of the day's news. Since 1977, the show has broadcast a lively mix of reports, newsmaker interviews and profiles, features, and reviews of the arts, books, film and theater. The senior producer of Weekend All Things Considered is Walter Ray Watson, the senior editor is Kitty Eisele.

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