February 26, 2019

Luján Receives CPB Thought Leader Award

Today, U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the House Assistant Speaker, received the “Strengthening Civil Society” Thought Leader Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting at the America’s Public Television Stations Public Media Summit.

CPB’s Thought Leader Award recognizes and honors American leaders who affirm the essential services that public media provides to citizens in areas of education, journalism and the arts.

“I am honored to receive this award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which has served as a bedrock for knowledge and learning in American households for decades,” said Luján. “Because of the CPB, families have access to quality programming and content, no matter their household income or where they live. Public broadcasting is a national treasure, and I will continue to advocate for Congress to robustly support CPB’s mission.”

An excerpt from Luján’s remarks as prepared for delivery are included below:

“…Behind a devastatingly high number of individual deaths – we’re facing a crisis effecting our neighbors, our friends, and our loved ones. Stories that need to be told.

I want to thank New Mexico PBS, KUNM, and KSFR for telling these stories, convening community conversations, and directing those affected by this crisis to local resources and support.

Years before the opioid epidemic was declared a national crisis, it was public and local media that was shining a bright light on the dark ways opioids were impacting our communities.

It forced all of Washington to quickly recognize and work to counter the damages and loss. 

More than 145 public media stations in all 50 states have produced content addressing the crisis, accounting for nearly 2,300 hours of local coverage.

Please know this: your work has made a difference.”

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