American Public Media Receives Renewal Grant from The Kendeda Fund for Continued Global Sustainability News Coverage and Programming

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American Public Media Receives Renewal Grant from The Kendeda Fund for Continued Global Sustainability News Coverage and Programming

(St. Paul, Minn. & Los Angeles, Calif.) May 21, 2008—American Public Media today announced it has received renewed support from The Kendeda Fund that will total $3 million through 2010 for continued in-depth news coverage and programming on global sustainability issues across several American Public Media programs. Tide Foundation’s Kendeda Sustainability Fund, a donor-advised fund, was the original funder of American Public Media’s Sustainability Initiative.

For the past three years, American Public Media has been aggressively reporting on global sustainability through ongoing coverage across six programs and through many high-profile special series. American Public Media’s Marketplace, Marketplace Morning Report, Marketplace Money, American RadioWorks, Being, and Weekend America have produced programming that tells the unfolding story of sustainability as it becomes an ever larger issue in the national and global dialogue over how we use the Earth’s resources. American Public Media also created Consumer Consequences, an interactive game that lets people see the environmental consequences of their lifestyles.

The Kendeda Fund renewal grant will allow Marketplace, Marketplace Morning Report, Marketplace Money, American RadioWorks, Being, and Weekend America to continue their ongoing sustainability coverage with a focus on the people, groups and ideas offering concrete answers to the interconnected problems of global sustainability. Some have called this task ahead of searching for solutions and overcoming their obstacles the “Big Re-design.” American Public Media’s “Big Re-design” reporting and programming will be aimed at individuals and their activities at the grass-roots level, while underscoring the scale and breadth of the “Big Re-design” effort.

“The Kendeda Fund’s support for Marketplace and the suite of American Public Media programs is designed to bring about a truly transformational body of work within the field of public radio,” said Diane Ives, Fund Advisor, The Kendeda Fund. “While some mainstream media outlets are faced with cutting back on the ability to do more in-depth and comprehensive reporting, American Public Media is training a more focused eye on the concept of a sustainable economy, and is exploring it as the multi-faceted, contradictory and intriguing concept that it really is.”

“American Public Media considers sustainability a crucially important topic,” said Bill Kling, president and CEO of American Public Media Group. “The Kendeda Fund’s renewal increases our capacity to communicate sustainability issues through a far-reaching network of innovative programming. American Public Media’s global sustainability coverage will constitute a comprehensive forum for opinion, analysis, commentary and solutions to the most pressing sustainability issues around us.”

The Kendeda Fund is a charitable giving program dedicated to exploring how human beings can relate to one another and to this planet more mindfully and use resources equitably. Through its grant making, the Fund is committed to examining two of the critical questions confronting humanity: How do we live within the limits of the natural world in ways that promote community, equity, and health? and How do we redefine prosperity so that it leads to deeper contentment in our lives?