Oregon Public Broadcasting has won two prestigious Gracie Awards®. THINK OUT LOUD, OPB’s engaging call-in and online radio program, won the Outstanding Talk Show award for its “As We Are” program on abortion. OREGON EXPERIENCE’s “Lola Baldwin” was honored for Outstanding Portrait/Biography.

THINK OUT LOUD was launched in January 2008 and has quickly become the respected destination for individuals in Oregon and southern Washington to engage in discussions that explore the issues, ideas and culture that make the Northwest such a vibrant place. THINK OUT LOUD’s “As We Are” is an occasional series focusing on the voices and the stories of people in our society who often times are not heard. The show is hosted by award-winning journalist Emily Harris. David Miller, a veteran radio producer, serves as online host.

OREGON EXPERIENCE is an exciting history series co-produced with the Oregon Historical Society that brings to life fascinating stories that help Oregonians understand who they are and the shared identity that bonds them. Each half-hour program features captivating characters — both familiar and forgotten — who have played key roles in building our state into the unique place we call home. Produced and written by award-winning journalist Nadine Jelsing, “Lola Baldwin” profiles the Oregon woman who, in 1908, became the nation’s first policewoman.

Listen to THINK OUT LOUD or explore any of the program’s archives at opb.org/thinkoutloud. The “As We Are” program on abortion can be heard at http://www.opb.org/thinkoutloud/shows/as-we-are-abortion-stories/. Watch OREGON EXPERIENCE online at opb.org/oregonexperience and see “Lola Baldwin” in its entirety at http://www.opb.org/programs/oregonexperiencearchive/baldwin/.

The Gracie 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. For more information, go to www.thegracies.org.

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.

THINK OUT LOUD is a call-in and online radio program that airs weekdays (for channel listings, please visit http://www.opb.org/radio/listen) at 9am and again at 9pm. On air since January 2007, THINK OUT LOUD strives to create a space in Oregon and southern Washington for engaging civic dialogue about politics, music and sports, books and the environment, and any other issues that people in our region are talking about.