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Great Lakes Radio Consortium Wins a 2005 National Headliner Award

The Great Lakes Radio Consortium (GLRC), an environmental news service produced at Michigan Radio and broadcast by more than 140 public radio stations around the country, has been awarded a National Headliner Award for its “Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone” series. Competing with broadcast radio networks and syndicators across the country, the three-part “Dead Zone” series -- created by GLRC’s Lester Graham (Reporter/Producer) and Mark Brush (Editor) -- received the third place award in the Public Affairs category. The series was sponsored by the NIFA through a competitive grant awarded through the National Integrated Water Quality Program in 2001.

The series informs listeners about the harmful effects fertilizer run-off in the Midwest has on the ecology of the Gulf of Mexico, through the creation of so-called “dead zones.” These oxygen-deprived areas have caused problems for Gulf fisheries. It examines the problem, the controversy, and the search for solutions.

Founded in 1934 by the Press Club of Atlantic City, the National Headliner Awards program is one of the oldest and largest annual contests recognizing journalistic merit in the communications industry. Medallions have been presented to outstanding writers, photographers, daily newspapers, magazines, graphic artists, radio and television stations and networks, and news syndicates. All Headliner entries are judged by a panel of journalists representing newspapers, wire services, and radio and television stations from around the country, including ABC News Radio, National Public Radio, and the Sacramento Bee. Other winners in the broadcast radio section this year included ABC and CBS News Radio and Colorado Public Radio.

"We are thrilled to accept this illustrious award," said producer Lester Graham, "This series shows how the environmental concerns of the Great Lakes and the Midwest can affect areas far beyond this region. This award recognizes the journalistic excellence we apply to all of our stories."

For more information, contact Mike O’Neill.


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