NET Wins Three Awards from National Educational Telecommunications Association

News Release Date: 
January 29, 2021

NET Wins Three Awards from National Educational Telecommunications Association

LINCOLN, Neb. (Jan. 29, 2021) – NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, has won three awards from the National Educational Telecommunications Association in the 52nd annual competition. The Public Media Awards were announced Jan. 26, during the virtual 2021 NETA Conference and Corporation for Public Broadcasting Thought Leader Forum.

NET was honored for Overall Excellence in Marketing and Communications and also in the Marketing and Communications/Special Event category for work to promote the “Sesame Street in Communities” family event in O’Neill, Neb., in October 2019.

A grant from “Sesame Street in Communities” funded a series of workshops for teachers in Lincoln and Columbus, Neb., and a free family learning event at O’Neill Elementary School. At a dozen activity stations, more than 900 parents and young children gathered resources that encouraged everyday teaching moments. Families also met and took photos with Super Grover 2.0 from the PBS KIDS series “Sesame Street.” The event was part of the 50th anniversary celebration for “Sesame Street.”

The network also earned top honors in the new Podcast/Digital Media Content category for the second season of “The PlainStory” called “The Sound of Home.” The podcast follows Nebraska artists making music about the place called home. “The Sound of Home” podcast is available at or by subscribing to “The PlainStory” podcast.

“It’s always an honor to see the work of NET’s talented professionals recognized by their peers. These awards highlight the talent that is shown across all our work, whether it be in producing podcasts, bringing educational resources to communities across Nebraska, or in the work that we do to promote and market the range of projects and impact across all of NET’s productions and projects,” said NET General Manager Mark Leonard.

The Public Media Awards honor the work of stations in education, community engagement, content and marketing/communications. Stations compete within divisions based on station size. This year there were a record number of entries from stations across the country.

Awards were judged by a group of expert panelists from within the public media system, as well as industry professionals working outside of public media. 

Working to strengthen and amplify public media’s education mission, the National Educational Telecommunications Association is a professional association representing 275 public media member stations in 46 states, the Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.

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NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, is the statewide public media service dedicated to creating opportunities for Nebraskans to engage with critical issues, compelling stories and quality entertainment. NET serves each of Nebraska’s 93 counties with 52,560 hours of programming each year on four television and two radio channels, plus online and mobile content. In addition to providing free, high-quality educational programming for children, NET provides programming in the arts, award-winning news and current affairs information and emergency alert services. For more information about NET, visit