CPB to Present Thought Leader Award to Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard

Washington, D.C. (February 22, 2016) — The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) will present U.S. Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard of California with its distinguished “Strengthening Civil Society” Thought Leader Award at today’s Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) Public Media Summit in Washington, D.C.

“Congresswoman Roybal-Allard has dedicated her life to expanding educational and life-enriching opportunities for children, working families and minorities,” said Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of CPB. “From her hands-on work in the local community to her voice in the U.S. Congress, like public media, she recognizes the role a strong civil society plays in advancing our nation’s dreams. She is most deserving of the CPB Thought Leader Award.”

Congresswoman Roybal-Allard will be honored for her work on behalf of America’s young people, for her commitment to diversity, as well as for her support of public media. In 1992, Congresswoman Roybal-Allard became the first Mexican-American woman elected to Congress. As the first Latina appointed to the House Appropriations Committee, she has championed investment in the nation’s public media system because of her belief in the value it provides to unserved and underserved audiences, particularly children and minorities.

“Public media offers important programming that educates and inspires people of all ages. I am proud to support this vital resource, which has done so much to enrich our country and our culture,” she said.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Thought Leader Award series recognizes and honors American leaders who affirm the essential services that public media provides to citizens in areas of education, journalism and the arts. Previous winners of the Thought Leader Award include Senators Richard Lugar and Susan Collins, author and veteran Wes Moore, actress Anna Deavere Smith, and Governor and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge.

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