American Public Media Awarded Prestigious George Polk Award for Radio Reporting

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American Public Media Awarded Prestigious
George Polk Award for Radio Reporting

Award Honors American RadioWorks Documentary "Reports from a Warming Planet"

(St. Paul, Minn.) February 23, 2007—American Public Media announced today that it has won the George Polk Award for Radio Reporting for its American RadioWorks® documentary, "Reports from a Warming Planet."

"Reports from a Warming Planet" was distributed, produced and edited by American RadioWorks in collaboration with the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley and NPR’s Living on Earth. The award will be presented at a ceremony in New York on April 12, 2007.

The George Polk Awards are a series of prestigious American journalism awards issued annually by Long Island University in New York. The awards were established in 1949 to memorialize George Polk, a CBS correspondent killed covering the Greek civil war.

About the documentary project
Producer Sandy Tolan’s graduate students at UC Berkeley fanned out across the globe to document early signs of climate change. The student reporters found that signs are showing up around the world in vastly differing landscapes: from melting outposts near the Arctic Circle to disappearing glaciers high in the Andes; from the rising water in the deltas of Bangladesh to the "sinking" atolls of the Pacific.

"Reports from a Warming Planet" takes listeners to parts of the planet where global warming is already making changes to life and landscape. The stories demonstrate how climate change is no longer restricted to scientific modeling about the future—it’s happening now.

The transcript and audio of the documentary, along with photos and links are available at

About American RadioWorks
Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, American RadioWorks is public radio’s largest documentary production unit. It creates documentaries, series projects, and investigative reports for the public radio system and the Internet. American RadioWorks has staff journalists in Washington, D.C., Duluth, Minn., Los Angeles and San Francisco. The American RadioWorks team features some of the most accomplished names in public radio journalism, including executive editor/correspondent Stephen Smith, economics correspondent Chris Farrell and host Ray Suarez.

American RadioWorks is the documentary unit of American Public Media. Major funding for American RadioWorks is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.