From left, Carolyn Edwards, Vegas PBS Board Member and APTS Board Member; Mendy Elliott, Flynn Giudici Associates; Mark Amodei, U.S. representative (Nevada District 2); Kurt Mische, PBS Reno president and CEO; Mark Herron, past PBS Reno board chair; Dr. Niki Bates, director education services and business development Vegas PBS.
America’s Public Television Stations earlier this week presented the Champion of Public Broadcasting Award to U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev.
As co-chair of the Public Broadcasting Caucus and a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Amodei has been a stalwart supporter of public media funding over many years. He also strongly advocated for local public broadcasters during the spectrum auction and repacking process.
“It’s a great honor to present this award, our highest, to Congressman Amodei for all the work he has done on our behalf over the years,” said APTS President and CEO Patrick Butler. “He understands how important public television is to rural America, how essential our services in education, public safety and civic leadership are to people everywhere, and how vital the federal appropriation for public broadcasting is to making these services available to everyone, every day for free.
“We are profoundly grateful for the bipartisan support for our work which Congressman Amodei symbolizes and encourages.”
Amodei has served as the U.S. representative for Nevada’s Second Congressional District since 2011. He is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, and serves on the Financial Services, Legislative Branch and Interior subcommittees.
“While most people don’t realize or recognize it, public broadcasting in our communities is very much infrastructure,” said Amodei. “The service they provide through their dissemination of public safety information and broadcasting operations is invaluable in a community-well being context. I’m proud to support their work and mission.”
The Champion of Public Broadcasting Award was presented to Amodei during the APTS Public Media Summit on March 1.