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Last modified: Friday, November 6, 2009

WTIU receives a 2009 PBS Development Award for its efforts

Nov. 6, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- WTIU, the public television station based at Indiana University Bloomington, has received a 2009 PBS Development Award for its efforts.

"The passion, commitment and innovation demonstrated by the development teams have benefited their stations and their communities. We are pleased to recognize their accomplishments and share their stories," said Beth Suarez, vice president of development at PBS.

The award to WTIU is one of three given nationwide and will be presented formally at an annual meeting in the spring.

WTIU General Manager Perry Metz explained that the award recognizes the efforts of the station's membership, corporate development and grants offices. Their efforts were especially notable because they were achieved during Indiana's economic downturn, Metz said, adding that the troubled economy has compounded the challenges traditional media already were facing.

"What makes the PBS Development Awards such an honor is that they are judged by our peers among other PBS station fundraising professionals," said station manager Phil Meyer. "Although WTIU has won these awards for individual giving and on-air fundraising in the past, this is the first time we have received recognition for our overall development efforts."

In 2002, WTIU won a Cultivation & Stewardship Development Award and an Overall Membership Certificate of Achievement. In 2007, the station won an On-Air Achievement Award for Excellence (best of category) and another Overall Membership Certificate of Achievement.