Pubcasters win four UNITY Awards for commitment to cultural diversity

By Sean Meehan

Over half of this year’s RTDNA/UNITY Awards went to pubcasters, including a public TV station.

WKAR-TV in East Lansing, Mich., won the award for small-market television for a documentary about racial tensions surrounding the 1975 trials of two Filipina Veterans Administration Hospital nurses.

In the radio division, Seattle’s KUOW won among large-market entries with its report “Black in Seattle,” while Alabama Public Radio won the award for small-market stations with the  story “Remembering 1963,” produced as part of a civil rights radio project. Public Radio International picked up the award for network radio for its series Global Nation: Stories of a Changing America.

The UNITY awards are sponsored by UNITY: Journalists for Diversity, a coalition comprising the Asian American Journalism Association, the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association and the Native American Journalists Association. Awardees are recognized for demonstrating an ongoing commitment to covering cultural diversity in their communities.

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