Fred Rogers Award

CPB created the Fred Rogers Award in 2001 to honor an individual or organization that, like Mr. Rogers, has contributed to excellence in children's educational media. Fred Rogers hosted one of the longest-running children’s television shows in history, sharing his magical talents as a musician, songwriter, and master of puppet voices to educate the nation's youngest citizens.

Recipients are presented a trolley-shaped crystal statuette, a landmark symbol from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.


Jim Henson and The Jim Henson Company

Puppetry innovator and the creator of some of television's most memorable and beloved characters 
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Samuel Y. Gibbon, Jr.

Writer, producer, media designer and educator in television, film, and interactive multimedia 
» Samuel Y. Gibbon, Jr.'s Acceptance Remarks 
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Milton Chen

Executive Director, George Lucas Education Foundation
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LeVar Burton

Host, PBS KIDS’ Reading Rainbow
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Shirley E. Timonere

Ohio Public Broadcasting executive and former teacher
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Sesame Workshop

Creators of Sesame Street
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Fred Rogers

Creator and host, Mister Rogers Neighborhood