Oregon Public Broadcasting’s “Oregon Territory” has won a prestigious Gracie Allen Award (also known as a Gracie). The weekly radio show, hosted by Christy George, took top honors in the Public Affairs category. For the winning show, George featured Oregon State University Marine Biologist Jane Lubchenco exploring the tidepools off Yachats, Oregon and discussing recent changes in the ocean that scientists believe are likely a result of climate change.

The Gracie Allen Awards recognize exemplary programming created for women, by women and about women in all facets of electronic media and is presented annually by the American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT). Each year, the Gracies attract the best and the brightest in radio, television, cable and Web-based media. The Gracie winners will be presented their awards in June in New York City.

OPB also received a Gracie last year for Outstanding Documentary – Mid-Length Format – Radio” for its audio-documentary “The Undiscovered Explorer: Imagining York.”

A link to hear the award-winning “Oregon Territory” broadcast is available at http://www.opb.org/programs/oregonterritory/episodes/2006/0721/

About OPB
OPB is the state’s most far-reaching and accessible media resource, providing free access to programming for children and adults designed to give voice to community, connect Oregon and its neighbors and illuminate a wider world. Every week, over 1.5 million people tune in to or log on to OPB’s Television, Radio and Internet delivered services. As the hub of operations for the state’s Emergency Broadcast and Amber Alert services, OPB serves as the backbone for the distribution of critical information to broadcasters and homes throughout Oregon. Oregon Public Broadcasting is a statewide network that includes OPB Television, an affiliate of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), and OPB Radio, presenting local news coverage and the programs of National Public Radio (NPR), Public Radio International (PRI) and American Public Media (APM). The OPB Web site is opb.org.