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American Public Media’s American RadioWorks Wins 2008 Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism
(St. Paul, Minn.) June 10, 2008—American Public Media™ today announced that its award-winning documentary unit, American RadioWorks,® has won a 2008 Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism in the radio category for its documentary, “Wanted: Parents.” Presented by the Journalism Center on Children & Families, the Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism recognize exemplary reporting on children and families in the U.S.
Wanted: Parents profiles teenagers on the verge of aging out of foster care who agreed to try once more to trust a family. Producers Catherine Winter and Ellen Guettler spent more than a year following a brother and sister as they searched for a family and a home to call their own. The documentary presents their story and the voices of their foster parents, adoptive parents, social workers and child advocates. Wanted: Parents is available online at www.americanradioworks.org.
Judges’ Citations: “Adopting an infant is a common story, while finding a home for teenagers living in foster homes is more difficult to tell. A fascinating portrait of teens in the foster care system faced with aging out of state care, as they question whether they are adoptable and whether they want to be. A painfully real story of the ups and downs of finding love, family and permanence.”
American RadioWorks will receive its Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism at a ceremony in Washington, DC on October 22, 2008.
Based in St. Paul, Minn., American RadioWorks is public radio’s largest documentary production unit. American RadioWorks creates documentaries, series projects and investigative reports for the public radio system and the Internet. Its hour-long specials provide in-depth reporting on public affairs, social and cultural subjects and the 20th-century experience. Major funding for American RadioWorks is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. American RadioWorks is on the Web at www.americanradioworks.org.
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