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LPB'S BETH COURTNEY HONORED AS BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR

Beth Courtney, President and CEO of Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) was named 2020 Broadcaster of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters (LAB). The Broadcaster of the Year Award is an honor given to the general/station manager who has “…provided significant contributions and service to the broadcast industry, and who has displayed the most outstanding record of civic achievement and public service…” and was presented to Courtney during LAB’s 2020 Prestige Awards luncheon on Tuesday, March 10.

Courtney, a Louisiana native born in Shreveport, joined LPB in 1976 where her interests in politics and her belief in the public’s right to know were put to good use. She reported on state government and moderated multiple political forums. She began anchoring what is now the state’s longest running broadcast program, Louisiana: The State We’re In.

Courtney became President and General Manager of LPB’s six-station network in 1985, becoming one of the first women in the nation to do so. During this time, Courtney brought together her passions for history and documentaries, turning LPB into the epicenter for award-winning Louisiana-themed documentaries that include: Sunshine By the Stars: Celebrating Louisiana Music, the six-part Louisiana: A History, Uncle Earl, Atchafalaya Houseboat, Katrina’s Smallest Victims, Cradle of the Stars – The Story of the Louisiana Hayride, Seize & Secure: The Battle for La Fière, and In The Blind, just to name a few. Courtney also helped launch and still co-hosts Louisiana Public Square, LPB’s monthly public affairs program.

Her impact has been felt on a national stage, with Courtney serving on boards and commissions, leading the way in demonstrating the value of educational television and journalism across America. In the 1980s, she served as Chairman of American Public Television Stations, the organization of state broadcasting executives. In 1988, she was the first woman to be named Vice Chairman of PBS Board of Directors. And in 2003, she was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, where she was elected Vice Chairman.

In The Blind Recognized as “Uniquely Louisiana” The LPB produced documentary In The Blind was also honored by LAB, winning in the category “Uniquely Louisiana” which recognizes “the best program highlighting the diversity of the people, places and things of Louisiana.” In The Blind, produced, written, and directed by New Orleans based filmmaker Emma Lou Reid, traces the unique traditions and rich culture of waterfowl hunting in Louisiana.

LPB:

Louisiana Public Broadcasting is a state network of six non-commercial television stations licensed to the Louisiana Educational Television Authority (LETA), established in 1971 by the Louisiana Legislature. The Mission of Louisiana Public Broadcasting is to provide programming that is intelligent, informative, educational and entertaining. LPB strives to connect the citizens of Louisiana by creating content that showcases Louisiana’s unique history, people, places and events.

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