CBS Evening News leads 2011 Wilbur Awards

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Date Thu, 03 Mar 2011 11:53:05 -0500

New Orleans School Integration - CBS Evening News leads 2011 Wilbur Awards

New York, NY, March 3, 2011 – "Ruby Bridges," a segment from the CBS
Evening News with Katie Couric and correspondent Michelle Miller, is a
2011 Wilbur Award Winner in the Television & Cable: National News
category. The segment tells the story of the 50 year anniversary of
integrating William Frantz School in New Orleans. We see Ruby Bridges as
a six year old walking into school protected by a team of federal
marshals as she challenges the Jim Crow laws. The reporter weaves the
past with the present as Ruby re-unites with a former classmate, Pam
Foreman. They agree that times have changed, but there is more to do.

These awards will be presented April 2nd at ceremonies in Little Rock,
AR during the annual Religion Communicators Council (RCC) convention.
Host for the evening will be Matt Mosler, co-host of KARK-TV 4 Today
morning show. The awards are named for Marvin C. Wilbur, a pioneer in
the field of religious communication.

2011 Wilbur Awards (for work completed in 2010):

Newspapers, National — Christian Science Monitor. "Raised in Faith:
Parents Take a Stronger Role in Helping Forge Religious Beliefs," G.
Jeffrey MacDonald.

Newspapers, Other — The Courier-Journal. "Mennonites Preach and Practice
Forgiveness," Peter Smith.

Magazines, Top 15 — Vanity Fair. "The New Commandments," Christopher

Magazines, Editorial. — Playboy. "Born-Again Scientist," Chris Mooney.

Books, Fiction — The Walk. Richard Paul Evans, Simon & Schuster, publishe r.

Books, Nonfiction — American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us.
Robert D. Putnam and David E. Campbell, Simon & Schuster, publisher.

Television & Cable: Drama — "Amish Grace," Kyle A. Clark, Marta M.
Mobley, producers, Gregg Champion, director; Sylvie White and Teena
Booth, writers; Larry A. Thompson, executive producer.

Television & Cable: National News — CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.
"Ruby Bridges," Michelle Miller, correspondent; Rick Kaplan, executive
producer; Kim Godwin, Jack Renaud, and Mike Cesario, producers; Katie
Couric, anchor and managing editor.

Television & Cable: Local News — KSPR-TV: Springfield, Missouri.
"Pathways of Prayer," Joe Daues and Paul McReynolds, producers.

Television & Cable: Documentary — Kindling Group. "The Calling," Danny
Alpert, series director and executive producer.

Television & Cable: Documentary — CBS: Religion and Culture Series.
"Haiti: Religion's Response to Disaster." Liz (Elizabeth) Kineke,
producer; John T. Blessington, executive producer.

Radio: Single Program — Under the Sun on WLRN, Miami. "Patients and
Healers" and "Faith in the Aftermath." Dan Grech and Alicia Zuckerman,
co-Hosts and senior producers; Ruth Morris and Kenny Malone, producers.

Radio: Series — Tapestry, by CBC Radio (Canadian Broadcasting
Corporation). "Sacred Ground," Nicola Luksic, Erin Pettit, producers,
Mary Hynes, host.

Feature Film – Documentary — "Rainbow Town: The Documentary" - a true
story of a Liberian Orphanage, Lauren Selmon Roberts, director, video,
editor, Will Roberts, audio, Amy Elrod, still photography.

Blogs — "Faith and Works: Kentucky's and Indiana's Diverse Religious
Scene Blog," Peter Smith.

Multimedia or Online Videos — Danny Alpert,
series director and executive producer. Kindling Group.

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