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WSIU Public Broadcasting Receives National Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

For Immediate Release
March 25, 2010

Contact: Vickie Devenport, WSIU Outreach Coordinator, (618) 453-6148,vickie.devenport@wsiu.orgGreg Petrowich, WSIU Executive Director, (618) 453-4344,

Carbondale, Illinois – WSIU Public Broadcasting, the public media arm of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, received a My Source Education Innovation Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) on Saturday, March 20 in Washington, D.C.

This honor marks the second consecutive national award that WSIU has received for its implementation of My Source, a national campaign developed by CPB to engage people in a dialogue about the power of public broadcasting to inform, enlighten, and enrich public life. The My Source Education Innovation Awards recognize and showcase how public broadcasting stations use pioneering approaches and emerging digital technologies to serve the educational needs of their communities on the air, online, and in the classroom.

“Stations across the country are using technology in creative and innovative ways to deliver educational tools and resources that are making a real difference to teachers, parents and children,” says Pat Harrison, president and CEO of CPB. “Public media is the definitive education partner for a new generation of learners, and CPB congratulates WSIU for its outstanding contribution to the community.”

WSIU received the award in recognition of their innovative approach in using public media resources to improve teacher instruction and student outcomes. WSIU's two winning TV testimonials feature early childhood teachers Keely Gelso and Dimitra Palaskonis of the Alice Wright Early Childhood Center in Carbondale. Gelso shares why she values WSIU's PBS TeacherLine courses as a professional development resource, while Palaskonis tells a moving personal story about the positive impact of WSIU and PBS programming on her life as the child of Greek immigrants.

“The stories of these local educators share a powerful message of their trust in WSIU’s educational resources,” says Vickie Devenport, WSIU Outreach Coordinator.

The award was presented to Devenport by Pat Harrison at the Council of Chief State School Officers/Public Media Executive Summit. WSIU will receive a $3,000 grant to continue their innovative work using public media as an integral part of their educational outreach efforts across the region.

To view WSIU’s award-winning My Education Innovation testimonials, go online at

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Caption: WSIU outreach coordinator, Vickie Devenport (right), accepts WSIU's 2010 My Source Education Innovation Award from Pat Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, at the Council of Chief State School Officers/Public Media Executive Summit in Washington, DC. WSIU was honored for our innovative approach in using public media resources and new and emerging digital technologies to improve teacher instruction and student outcomes. Photo: CPB.

About WSIU
WSIU Public Broadcasting is licensed to the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University and is an integral part of the College of Mass Communication & Media Arts on the Carbondale campus. The WSIU stations reach more than three million people across five states and beyond through three digital public television channels, three public radio stations, a radio information service, a website, local production units, and an education and community outreach department. WSIU's mission is to improve the quality of life of the people they serve. The WSIU stations partner with other community organizations to promote positive change and to support the academic and public service missions of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Learn more and get the latest station news online at and on WSIU's Facebook pages.

About CPB
CPB is a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967 and is steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,100 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services.

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