May 9, 2007
Leah Yoon, NPR


Hallett is Advisor to Senator Harkin and Professional Staff Member
for the Senate Appropriations Committee

May 9, 2007; Washington, DC – Adrienne Hallett, advisor to Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) on public broadcasting issues and Professional Staff Member for the Senate Appropriations Committee, was selected as one of two recipients of the 2007 Public Radio Leadership Award, given annually by the NPR Board of Directors and the 800-plus NPR Member stations around the country.

The award was presented to Hallett at a ceremony at the Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. on April 25 by the NPR Board of Directors. The resolution noted her work on behalf of public radio, serving with “distinction, uncommon accomplishment and consistent excellence throughout her years as a senior congressional staff professional and providing indispensable leadership, counsel and energy to efforts to fund the needs of public radio stations.”

“Our entire community honors Adrienne for her ongoing commitment and dedication to maintain federal funding grants for public radio and advocate our importance in Congress,” said Tim Eby, Chairman, NPR Board of Directors. “Her efforts to keep public broadcasting issues a priority during several challenging legislative sessions displayed a deep understanding of our public service mission and its value to Americans."

The Public Radio Leadership Award has honored a bipartisan group of Members of Congress for the last several years; recipients have displayed outstanding support of and dedicated contribution to the public service of public radio. In 2006, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), Congressman David Obey (D-WI), Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) and former Congressman Jim Leach (R-IA) were honored for their work sponsoring the House Amendment that restored $100 million dollars in federal funding for public broadcasting in 2005. Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), founder of the House Public Broadcasting Caucus and Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) are among past recipients.

Hallett, a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, currently lives in Washington.