Arkansas PBS Wins Four Public Media Awards

18 Sep 2022 in

Arkansas PBS is honored to be recognized by our peers at the National Educational Television Association (NETA) for exemplary work that supports our mission of educating Arkansans. From Overall Excellence in Content for work on projects like “Rise and Shine” and “Good Roots” to specific projects like our COVID-19 public service announcements and efforts that highlight culture, diversity and overcoming adversity, the stories and needs of Arkansans are at the heart of everything we do. Thank you for your support!

Arkansas PBS has won four Public Media Awards from NETA in its 54th annual competition — including Overall Excellence in Content, Community Initiative — COVID PSA, Education — “Blueberry’s Clubhouse”: Oral Histories with the Mosaic Templars Cultural and Short Form — “Speaking Volumes.”

Winners were announced Sunday, Sept. 18, during the Public Media Awards Gala during the 2022 NETA Conference and Corporation for Public Broadcast Thought Leader Forum.

You can watch compilation videos of the winning and nominated projects at and nominated.

The Public Media Awards honor NETA members’ finest work in content, community engagement, marketing/communications and education.

Arkansas PBS Public Media Awards

Overall Excellence — Excellence in Content

Arkansas PBS has a strong team consisting of our education, production and marketing departments as well as many others to make this award-winning content possible.

Community Engagement — COVID-19 PSA

This multipronged campaign was designed and executed to be a hyperlocal, highly personal “friends and neighbors” effort to combat COVID-19 vaccine misinformation and vaccine reluctance. It featured intimate and confessional video storytelling by people who have been negatively and profoundly affected by the coronavirus, and plain-spoken, fact-based information by healthcare professionals. Produced by Nathan Willis, Sajni Kumpuris, Bryan Frazer and Casey Sanders.

Education — “Blueberry’s Clubhouse: Oral Histories With the Mosaic Templars Cultural”

In this virtual field trip, kids learn about “Passing it on!” with the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. When people think about history, they often think of books. This segment teaches that things that happened in the past have actually been passed down through storytelling, as well as how to ask questions to build an oral history. Produced by Charles Eric White and Terrell Case.

Short Form — “Speaking Volumes”

Inspired by her time with EAST Initiative, 10th-grader Lexi Jarrett has been building up sports broadcasting for years at Cross County High School, near Wynne, Arkansas. Jarrett pursued a course in media, served as the Thunderbirds’ first female commentator and led a team of students to livestream football games, produce podcasts and more — all while showing resilience through personal trials with Tourette Syndrome. Produced by Charles Eric White and Terrell Case.

Learn more about Arkansas PBS’ 13 total Public Media Award nominations here.

The complete PMA winners gallery may be viewed here.

Awards were judged by a group of expert panelists from within the public media system, as well as industry professionals working outside of public media. Except for the overall excellence categories, stations competed within their appropriate divisions based on their station size.

See all of the outstanding Arkansas PBS content nominated for Public Media Awards in our YouTube playlist.

54th Annual Public Media Award Winners Gallery