For immediate release
April 8, 1999


WASHINGTON, DC Beyond Affliction: The Disability History Project has won a 1999 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. The four-part series, distributed by National Public Radio®, was awarded First Prize in the Domestic Radio Broadcast category. The RFK Journalism Awards recognize outstanding reporting on the problems of the disadvantaged. Producers of the series

will be honored at the RFK Book & Journalism Awards Ceremony on May 18 at the Freedom Forum in Arlington, Virginia.

Beyond Affliction: The Disability History Project
tells the story of America's disabled citizens over the last 150 years. Using examples from popular culture as well as interviews with everyday Americans with disabilities, historians, policy makers and others, the series provides listeners a more authentic perception of the disability community. Beyond Affliction: The Disability History Project is produced by Laurie Block with Jay Allison.

In describing those awarded, Frank Sesno, CNN Senior Vice President and Bureau Chief and Chairman of this year's RFK Journalism Awards said, "These stories may make us uncomfortable, but they shine a light on the dark corners of our society. The Robert F. Kennedy Awards reflect the tradition and commitment of the man for whom they are named. They recognize reporting that focuses on injustice, reveals the forgotten among us and makes a difference in the lives of those who exist on the margins."

Find out more about the series at

The RFK Award for Beyond Affliction continues recognition of NPR's broadcast excellence. Last week, NPR was among the biggest winners of this year's George Foster Peabody Awards, claiming three of the four awards given to radio.

NPR, a membership organization of 608 public radio stations nationwide, is radio's leading provider of high-quality news, information, and cultural programming worldwide. NPR produces and/or distributes the award-winning programs Talk of the Nation®, Weekend Edition® and CarTalk®.