Oregon Public Broadcasting’s engaging radio and online program THINK OUT LOUD has won a prestigious national Gracie Award® for “Outstanding Talk Show – News” for its program, “Paying for Family Leave.” The program, which aired last April, explored a bill being debated in the Oregon legislature that would have required employers to pay into an insurance fund that would provide paid leave for workers caring for a newborn or a sick relative.

“When we launched THINK OUT LOUD in January 2008, we wanted to become the respected destination for individuals in our local communities to engage in discussions and explore issues, ideas and culture that make the Northwest such a vibrant place,” said Sarah Rothenfluch, executive producer. “‘Paying for Family Leave’ stimulated a passionate on-air and online discussion that gave voice on this important subject to many individuals. This award affirms the importance of what we’re doing and how we’re doing it, and we are so very gratified to join the elite Gracie honorees.”  

The show is hosted by award-winning journalist Emily Harris. David Miller, a veteran radio producer, is the online host.

Find this show and explore any of the programs archives at opb.org/thinkoutloud.

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 on May 25 at a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. 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 airs weekdays on OPB Radio (for channel listings, please visit http://www.opb.org/radio/listen) at 9am and again at 9pm. The conversation continues online all the time at http://www.opb.org/thinkoutloud.   Since January 2008, THINK OUT LOUD has served as 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.