CPB Presents American Graduate Champion Award to Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi

February 26, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 26, 2020) — The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) honored Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Illinois) as an American Graduate Champion at the America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) Public Media Summit on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

The congressman was recognized for his commitment to expanding educational pathways that help young people gain the skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly evolving workforce, and for his appreciation of public media’s role in engaging communities and providing universal access to high-quality educational content.

Inspired by public media’s successful American Graduate: Getting to Work initiative, Congressman Krishnamoorthi is introducing bipartisan legislation that would create a grant program at the Department of Education to support the development and distribution of educational media designed to prepare young people for a 21st century American workforce by highlighting educational and training pathways to high-demand, skilled careers.

“I’m honored to receive this award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and I’m excited for our continuing partnership to strengthen and promote education across the country,” said Krishnamoorthi, who provided a video to accept the award. “Public media has a vital role to play in strengthening our education system and workforce by showing American viewers the full range of opportunities available to obtain an in-demand job and successful career.”

“Congressman Krishnamoorthi understands that education is the key to building a middle-class life and a strong economy,” said Pat Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. “He recognizes that public media stations, working in partnership with community and business leaders are a resource helping students develop the in demand skills they need to enter the workforce. We are honored to present him with this award.”

Previous winners of the American Graduate Champion Award include Congressman G. K. Butterfield of North Carolina and Stan Law, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Birmingham.

American Graduate Champion Award
Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, center, receives the American Graduate Champion Award February 26.  From left, Sandra Cordova Micek, president and CEO, Window to the World Communications, parent company of WTTW and WFMT; Pat Harrison, CPB president and CEO; and Ambassador Robert Mandell, Elizabeth Sembler and Ruby Calvert, members of the CPB Board.  

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American Graduate is public media’s long-term commitment to supporting community-based solutions to help young people succeed in school, career and life. Supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), more than 125 public television and radio stations have joined forces with over 1,700 partners to elevate the stories of youth and the supportive adults that help them succeed. Through American Graduate, public media, with its unique position as a trusted resource and important partner in local communities, provides a critical platform to shine a light on pathways to graduation and successful student outcomes. National and local reporting, on air and online is helping communities understand the challenges and community-driven solutions associated with education and future successes. Public forums, town halls and community conversations are activating discussions between community leaders, educators and more.

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