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Arkansas PBS named finalist for 13 Public Media Awards including Overall Excellence in content, education, community engagement, marketing/communications

Posted 15 Sep 2022

Network nominated for overall excellence in four categories

for second consecutive year; winners to be announced Sunday

CONWAY, Ark. (Arkansas PBS) — Arkansas PBS has been named a finalist for 13 Public Media Awards from the National Education Telecommunications Association (NETA) in the 54th annual competition. The Public Media Awards honor NETA members’ finest work in content, community engagement, marketing/communications and education. Nominated productions may be viewed at


For the second consecutive year, Arkansas PBS is a finalist in the Overall Excellence categories of education, community engagement, marketing/communications and content.


“Every moment of the day at Arkansas PBS, our audience is front of mind for us, helping us determine how we best tell the unique stories of the people of our state and provide the richest educational opportunities in our communities,” Arkansas PBS CEO Courtney Pledger said. “To be recognized as a finalist in four ‘Overall Excellence’ categories in public media’s only national awards – and for two years running – points to the network’s priorities of deep community connection and quality in local storytelling and education content.


“At Arkansas PBS, we are grateful for our many partners across the state that help us magnify the impact of our work.”


Arkansas PBS is a finalist in the following PMA categories:








The complete PMA finalist’s gallery may be viewed here.


With the exception of the overall excellence categories, stations compete within their divisions based on their station size. Awards are judged by a group of expert panelists from within the public media system, as well as industry professionals working outside of public media.


The 54th PMA winners will be announced at the PMA Gala Sunday, Sept. 18, at the 2022 NETA Conference and CPB Public Media Thought Leader Forum.


About NETA

The National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) is a professional association representing 294 member stations in 48 states, the Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia. NETA provides leadership, general audience content, educational services, professional development, and trusted financial management services, including human resources and benefits administration, to individual public media licensees, their affinity groups, and public media as a whole. More information is available at


About Arkansas PBS

Arkansas PBS, Arkansas’s only statewide public media network, empowers learners of all ages by educating, informing, entertaining and inspiring communities. Arkansas PBS serves as a daily and essential resource for Arkansans by creating, sharing, celebrating and driving conversation around Arkansas stories and classic, trusted PBS programs through multiple digital platforms, including livestreaming at, on-demand services and YouTube TV, and the distinct channels Arkansas PBS, Arkansas PBS Create, Arkansas PBS KIDS, Arkansas PBS WORLD and Arkansas PBS AIRS on SAP. Members with Arkansas PBS Passport have extended on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming. Arkansas PBS depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at Arkansas PBS is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), KETZ (El Dorado), KETS (Lee Mountain) and KETS (Forrest City).