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September 2014

The Dispatch, Columbus residents that are youth advocates featured on WOSU-TV, September 26, 2014, Cleveland student Johnny Owens featured in American Graduate Day programming on PBS, September 25, 2014

Metro Focus, American Graduate Day: Tony Bennett on Using the Arts to Keep Students in School, September 25, 2014

KERA, KERA-TV and PBS Profiles 'Champions' Who Keep Kids on Track to Graduate, September 25, 2014

The Washington Post, Catch Questlove and Black Thought at the Kennedy Center for free on Sunday, September 25, 2014

Current, American Graduate announces winners of spoken-word competition, September 24, 2014

KVUE, KLRU-TV awarded $200,000 community grant for education, September 24, 2014

WDBJ, Roanoke City Schools to get national recognition for music program, September 24, 2014

WJCT, American Graduate Honor Local Education Advocates, September 24, 2014

Insurance News Net, 14 Million in GEAR UP Grant, September 23, 2014

Penn State News ,WPSU to participate in American Graduate Day 2014 with special programming, September 23, 2014

Arizona Public Media, American Graduate Day 2014, September 23, 2014, Trenton District-Wide marching band to perform at Lincoln Center for 'American Graduate Day' broadcast, September 23, 2014

PR Newswire, Youth Speaks Announces American Graduate Raise Up Winners, September 23, 2014

World News, Youth Speaks Announces American Graduate Raise Up Winners, September 23, 2014

The Eureka Times-Standard, Blue Ox program in Eureka featured nationally, September 21, 2014

Nevada Business, Las Vegas High School Featured in Day-long Multiplatform Event Celebrating "Stories of Champions" - Individuals and OrganizationsCommitted to Improving Outcomes for Youth and Raising Graduation Rates, September 18, 2014

Current,Spoken-word contest gives students the stage to discuss the dropout crisis, September 12, 2014

Current, Next phase of American Graduate station grants to emphasize early education, September 10, 2014

The Suburban Times, KBTC receives $100,000 community service grant, September 8, 2014


August 2014

The Shreveport Times, LPB gets $100,000 grant, August 30, 2014

The Orlando Sentinel, WUCF TV receives $200,000 grant to tackle dropout crisis, August 30, 2014

The Washington PostAt-risk students need more help from us, not Washington, August 29, 2014

Business Sun, CPB adds 6.2 million in American Graduate grants, reveals national broadcast plans, August 28, 2014

Billboard, Tony Bennett Joins Campaign Urging Kids to Stay in School, August 28, 2014

The Rochester Business Journal, WXXI gets $200K to improve education standards, August 28, 2014

The Lens, Webcast: graduation rates and job readiness part of WYES coverage, August 28, 2014

The Benton Foundation, CPB Awards American Graduate Community Grants to 33 Public Media Stations, August 27, 2014

Broadway World, Wes Moore to Host 'American Graduate Day 2014', August 27, 2014

U.S. News and World Report, Tony Bennett, Edward James Olmos, Colin Powell join 'American Graduate Day 2014' program, August 27, 2014

News Miner, Initiative aims to help solve 'drop-out crisis', August 26, 2014


June 2014

WUNC, News Stories Get A Hip-Hop Beat At Summer Camp, June 17, 2014

New York Times, Stop Holding Us Back, June 11, 2014


May 2014

The Sacramento Bee, Scholarship is dream come true for Vegas girl, May 28, 2014


April 2014

PBS Newshour, What's driving gains in high school graduation rates? April 28, 2014

PBS, American Graduate lesson from St. Louis: the power of public-private partnerships, Apr 9, 2014

Education Writers Association: WAMU's Kavitha Cardoza and Tara Boyle win Investigative Reporting Prize for special series, 'Yesterday's Dropouts', April 7, 2014

Broadway World: "Youth Speaks Launches 'RAISE UP,' A Public Media Spoken Word & Hip Hop Contest and Radio Special in Partnership with the Kennedy Center Taking on the Drop Out Crisis" April 7, 2014
Youth Speaks:"Youth Speaks Launches “RAISE UP,” A Public Media Spoken Word & Hip Hop Contest and Radio Special In Partnership with The Kennedy Center" April 7, 2014


March 2014

NPR: "A Homeless Teen Finds Solace In A Teacher And A Recording", March 7, 2014

PlayScience Lab Notes, "CPB and PBS Announce American Graduate/ PBS Kids Fund", March 5, 2014


February 2014

CPB, "CPB and PBS Announce $20 Million American Graduate/ PBS Kids Fund", February 26, 2014

Edutopia, "My 'Academy Awards' for Best Educational Documentaries", February 25, 2014
Wyoming Public Media,
"Wyoming Public Media Receives Grant to Fund Education Reporter", February 5, 2014

Family Resource Center, "Family Resource Center to Honor Nine Network President/CEO Jack Galmiche at 40th Anniversary Gala", February 3, 2014

January 2014
Center For Media & Social Impact, "Class Dismissed: Engaging Dropouts and Communities on Public Media", January 30, 2014

edSurge, "How Are Kids Using Educational Media at Home?", January 27, 2014

Joan Ganz Cooney Center, "How Can Public Media Foster Kids' Learning?", January 27, 2014

PBS SoCal, "PBS SoCal Hosts American Graduate Community Town Hall to Discuss Solutions to the Dropout Crisis", January 24, 2014

PBS, "PBS celebrates Black History Month with new programs and a digital campaign that unites more than a century of history and culture", January 16, 2014

Electronic Urban Report, "PBS' 'American Promise' Asks 'How Can We Help Black Boys?'", January 15, 2014

Daily Press, "Hampton Roads community asked to help prevent students from dropping out of school", January 9, 2014


December 2013

The Atlantic, "When Minority Students Attend Elite Private Schools", December 17, 2013


November 2013

Congressional Record, "Extensions and remarks: Statement by Representative Butterfield", November 21, 2013

Latino Public Broadcasting, "Latino Public Broadcasting Presents New Web Series 'Street Knowledge 2 College' Premiering on on November 12, 2013", November 12, 2013


October 2013

Education Week, "PBS Documentary Focuses on Six Latino Students Who Made the Grade", October 28, 2013

New York Times, "What's on Monday: The Graduates/Los Graduados", October 28, 2013

KUHF, "PBS Documentary Highlights Successes and Failures of Hispanic Students in America" October 28, 2013

Latino Public Broadcasting, 'The Graduates/Los Graduados' Premieres Tonight on PBS - Q&A Wtih Producers Katia Maguire and Pamela Aguilar", October 28, 2013

Tulsa World, "Documentary 'The Graduates/Los Graduados' features Tulsa Teen", October 28, 2013

La Opinion, "Estrenará PBS serie documental 'Los Graduados'/ THE GRADUATES premieres on PBS," October 27, 2012

NBC Latino, "'The Graduates' - A First-Hand Look at Challenges, Success of Latino Students", October 24, 2013

San Diego Union-Tribune, "From City Heights to PBS", October 24, 2013

CPB, "The Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University Reports Public Media Stations are Helping to Reverse the High School Dropout Trend", October 22, 2013

CPB, "American Graduate Evaluation from Johns Hopkins University Reports Public Media's Vital Role in Building Community Capacity", October 21, 2013

Edutopia, "The Graduates: Another Film That Souldn't Be Missed", October 21, 2013

Latin Business Today, "Los Graduados A Film About Satino Students", October 21, 2013, Review of "American Promise", October 18, 2013


September 2013

CPB, "American Graduate: Let's Make it Happen! Announces 12 New Town Halls Across the Nation to Discuss Solutions to the Dropout Crisis", September 30, 2013

Houston Chronicle, "American Graduate Day Addresses the Dropout Issue", September 29, 2013

Las Vegas Sun, "American Graduate Day Addresses Dropout Issue", September 29, 2013

ABC News, "American Graduate Day Addresses Dropout Issue", September 28, 2013

Associated Press,"American Graduate Day Addresses Dropout Issue", September 28, 2013

New York Times, "What's On Saturday", Septemver 28, 2013

New York Daily News, "WNET and WLIW Team Up to Spur Community Action on Reducing School Dropout Rates", Sepbember 28, 2013

The York Daily Record, "American Graduate Day Addresses Dropout Issue", September 28, 2013

KWTX, "PBS Stations Take On Dropout Issue", September 28, 2013

Broadway World, "WNET Airs American Graduate Day 2013 Today", September 28, 2013

Huffington Post, "Fortunate Son", September 27, 2013

Blogtalk Radio, "Tomorrow Will Be Televised - WNET/13 President and CEO Neal Shapiro", September 27, 2013

WNET, "WNET Kicks-off American Graduate Day 2013 with 'What's Next for America's Kids? A Solution Oriented Discussion on the Dropout Crisis", September 27, 2013

WNET, "American Graduate Day 2013 National and Local Partner Organizations", September 27, 2013

WNET, "American Graduate Day 2013 Panelists Biographies", September 27, 2013

Inside Indiana Business, "Public Broadcaster Targets Dropout Crisis", September 27, 2013

The Daily News, "Genesee 4-H Educator to Appear in PBS Program", Sepbember 27, 2013

Georgia Public Broadcasting, "American Graduate Day is September 28", September 27, 2013

The Paramus Post, "Junior Achievement to Participate in Live National Multiplatform to Keep Students on the Path to Graduation", September 26, 2013

Metrofocus, "American Graduate Day: Queens Library Discovery Center", September 25, 2013

WSAV, "AASU Featured as National Success Story on PBS", September 25, 2013

WJCT, "AMERICAN GRADUATE: Making the Transition to High School", September 24, 2013

MintPress News, "Drought of STEM Graduates May Spell Doom for the American Economy", September 24, 2013

WUNC, "From The Classroom To The Graduation Stage", September 23, 2013

The St. Louis Beacon, "School Dropouts Often Lack Personal Connection, Panelists Say", September 16, 2013

San Francisco Chronicle, "Town Hall Focuses on Black Men Challenges", September 10, 2013

Quad-City Times, "Public Television to Broadcast American Graduate Day Program", September 10, 2012

Rapid TV News, "PBS Addresses US Latino School Dropout Crisis", September 10, 2013

tpt, "Twin Cities Public Television Brings American Graduate Public Media Initiative to Minnesota", September 10, 2013

WebWire, "Independent Lens Opens New Season with Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey on Sept. 30", September 9, 2013

NewsOne, "Oakland Schools, Organizations Band Together to Help Black Males Graduate", September 5, 2013

Current, "Second American Graduate Day to Raise Dropout Awareness Nationwide", September 3, 2013


August 2013

Arizona Central, "Valley Students Keeping MLK's Dream Alive", features AZ Student Reporting Labs, August 29, 2013

POV Press Room, "POV's 'American Promise' is a Rare and Compelling Exploration of Race, Class and Opportunity in America", August 27, 2013

Market Watch, "American Graduate Day 2013, Live National Multiplatform Event to Keep Students on the Path to Graduation, Returns September 28 on Public Media", August 15, 2013

PR Newswire, "American Graduate Day 2013, Live National Multiplatform Event to Keep Students on the Path to Graduation, Returns September 28 on Public Media", August 15, 2013

Broadway World, WNET to Air AMERICAN GRADUATE DAY 2013, 9/28, August 13, 2013

WNET, "American Graduate Day 2013, Live National Multiplatform Event to Keep Students on the Path to Graduation Returns September 28 on Public Media", August 13, 2013

Channel Guide, "PBS at 2013 TCA Summer Press Tour", August 8, 2013

Deadline, "TCA: Latino Actors Tell Hollywood to Work Harder for Diversity", August 7, 2013


JULY 2013

Jackson Free Press, "Team JPS: Public Schools in Need", July 31, 2013

POV Press Room, "Inner-City Junior High School Defies the Odds to Become National Chess Powerhouse in POV's 'Brooklyn Castle", July 31, 2013

ITVS, "The Graduates/Los Graduados Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, October 28 and November 4, 2013", July 17, 2013

Current, "AFI Docs Festival Screen Diverse PUB TV Films", July 8, 2013

Reuters, "Celebrities Launch Documentary to Motivate Latinos to Graduate from High School", July 8, 2013


May 2013

CPB, "American Graduate: Vamos A Logrario! (Let's Make it Happen)", May 13, 2013

The Root, "John Legend Sells Success", May 11, 2012

The Philadelphia Inquirer, "History on a Harley", May 7, 2013

The Educated Reporter, "Ted Talks Education: A Sneak Peek of Tonight's Television Debut", May 7, 2013

EdMedia Commons, "Five Questions for TED Talks curator Chris Anderson on Re-Imagining Education", May 7, 2013

Broadway World, "TED TALKS EDUCATION Airs on PBS Tonight", May 7, 2013

Upstart Business Journal, "TED Talks on TV? It's Coming May 7", May 6, 2013

National Journal, "They Don't Learn if They Don't Like You", May 6, 2013

Montana Associated Tech Roundtables, "TED Talks Education- 'American Graduate: Let's Make it Happen", May 6, 2013

Hot Hardware, "TED and PBS Television Join Forces for 'TED Talks Education'", May 6, 2013

New York Times, "TED Teams Up With PBS on Ideas for Education", May 5, 2013

Chicago Tribune, "Young Chicago Poet Malcolm London Speaks Up For Education on TED Show", May 6, 2013

CNN, "How to Get Teachers to Teach and Students to Learn", May 6, 2013

LA Times, "Tuesdy's TV Highlights", May 5, 2013

The China Post, "TED Tailors 'Ideas Worth Spreading' for Television", May 5, 2013

AFP, "TED Tailors 'Ideas Worth Spreading' for Television", May 5, 2013

Huffington Post, "Why We Need to Reform Education Now", May 3, 2013

Huffinton Post, "How a Teacher Encouraged Her Students With an 'F'", May 3, 2013

Education Next, "What We're Watching: TED Talks Education", May 1, 2013

Denver Post, "TED Talks comes to TV", May 2, 2013



April 2013

CPB, "Corporation for Public Broadcasting President and CEO Patricia Harrison Honored with Medallion Award from PBS SoCaL", April 29, 2013

School Library Journal, "'TED Talks Education' to Air May 7 on PBS", April 29, 2013

Change for Kids, "Celebrity Sightings: Education Style", April 29, 2013

Scholastic Administrator, "This Week in Education", April 23, 2013

Humanitarian News, "Get Ready for TED Talks Education, airing May7 at 10PM", April 23,2013

Yahoo! News, "Bill Gates' $5 Billion Plan: Let's Put a Camera in Every Classroom", April 22, 2013

Take Part, "Bill Gates' $5 Billion Plan: Let's Put a Camera in Every Classroom", April 22, 2013

TED Radio Hour, "What Role do Relationships Play in Learning?", April 20, 2013

Fast Company, "New Details on Bill Gates' $5 Billion Plan to Film, Measure Every Teacher", April 15, 2013

CPB, "The Corporation for Public Broadcasting Awards Grant to WGBH to Develop New Middle School Math Resources", April 9, 2013

Current, "Public TV's First TED Talks Education Special Tapes Live This Week", April 3, 2013


March 2013

WAMU, "WAMU 88.5 News’ “American Graduate” series wins first place in National Awards for Education Reporting", March 26, 2013

Education Week, "New PBS School Documentary '180 Days': A Grueling, Hopeful Journey", March 25, 2013

Huffington Post, "Education Under Arrest: Taking America Out of Its Comfort Zone", March 25, 2013

Take Part, "PBS Host Tavis Smiley Has Zero Tolerance for Zero Tolerance", March 25, 2013

AV Club, "180 Days: A Year In An American High School Debuts Tonight on PBS at 9:00 p.m. Eastern", March 25, 2013

Indie Wire, "Premiering TONIGHT On PBS - National Black Programming Consortium Presents '180 Days'", March 25, 2013, "PBS Documentary '180 Days' Shares Subject Matter With OWN's 'Blackboard Wars'", March 25, 2013, "Tavis Smiley PBS Spcial Examines the 'School-To-Prison Pipeline", March 22, 2013

Washington Post, "'180 Days' and 'American Promise': Two Films That Show Racial and Financial Disparities in America's School Systems", March 22, 2013

Huffington Post, "Another Film About a Struggling School... Why Should You Care?", March 19, 2013

Broadway World, "John Legend to Host TED TALKS EDUCATION Special on PBS, 5/7", March 14, 2013

Music World, "John Legend to Host TED TALKS EDUCATION Special on PBS, 5/7", March 14, 2013

WNET, "TED and WNET Produce “TED Talks Education,One-Hour Original PBS Special to air Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 10:00 p.m.", March 13, 2013


February 2013

Educational Policy Improvement Center, "Roadtrip Nation Impact Study", February 25, 2013

Current, "Upcoming American Graduate specials tackle lax schools, juvenile justice system", February 14, 2013

CPB, "American Graduate: Let's make it Happen Partners with Alliance for Excellent Education for Digital Learning Day, Feb. 6", February 4, 2013


January 2013

CPB, "Tavis Smiley to Investigate an Educational System Under Arrest", January 31, 2013

CPB, "180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School", January 31, 2013

WNET, "WNET Partners with TED to Produce Public Television Education Special, Airing Tuesday, May 7 at 8 p.m.", January 15, 2013

Engadget, "Bill Gates to Chat Education on PBS in First TED Talk Made for TV", January 15, 2013

POV, "POV's 'American Promise' Premieres at 2013 Sundance Film Festival", January 14, 2013

CPB, "Mentoring in Action", January 14, 2013

November 2012

NETA, "Get the Math Educator's Media Kit honored with 2012 NETA Award", November 1, 2012

NETA, "Mission US- Mission 2: Flight to Freedom honored with 2012 NETA Award", November 1, 2012


September 2012
CNN, "PBS documentary 'Dropout Nation' follows students in Houston on the verge of dropping out", September 25, 2012

Houston Chronicle, 'Dropout Nation' a story of hope', September 24, 2012

PBS NewsHour, "American Graduate Day, a Community Effort to Curb the Dropout Crisis", September 28, 2012
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
, “Public TV Telethon Takes Aim at Dropout Rates,” September 24, 2012

The New York Times, “Public Broadcasting Takes Role in Curbing Dropout Rates,” September 23, 2012

The Huffington Post, “American Graduate Day Highlights Fight to Curb Student Dropouts,” September 22, 2012

Belief Net, “American Graduate Day on NYC’s Channel 13,” September 22, 2012

The Indianapolis Star, “WFYI Devotes 17 Hours of Saturday’s TV to Education Initiative,” September 20, 2012

Beyond the Box, “Celebrate American Graduate Day,” September 21, 2012

Des Moines Register, “Iowa View: 1 Day Can Have Big Impact on Teen’s Life,” September 20, 2012

Sun Herald, “@Home Briefs,” September 20, 2012
St. Louis Beacon, " Take Five: Nine Network leads nationwide anti-dropout effort", September 20, 2012

The Oakland Press, “American Graduate Day to Highlight Education Crisis,” September 19, 2012

Kitsap Sun,Communities In Schools Participate in First Ever American Graduate Day September 22, 2012”  September 19, 2012

MENTOR, "MENTOR Supports Corporation for Public Broadcasting's American Graduate Day September 22," September 18, 2012

CPB, "Public Media to Launch First-Ever AMERICAN GRADUATE DAY on September 22, 2012," September 10, 2012


August 2012

New online portal features outstanding public media resources from the last decade
By: eSchool News | August 29, 2012

Pubcasting Tackles the Dropout Crisis - American Graduate puts stations in convener, problem-solver roles
By: Dru Sefton | | August 20, 2012


July 2012

Anna Deavere Smith Honored by Corporation for Public Broadcasting as a Champion of Public Media (July 20, 2012)


June 2012

American Graduate Public Media Stations Offer Students Career Exploration Opportunities  (June 19, 2012)

Navajo Teen Athletes Race Toward the Future in POV's 'Up Heartbreak Hill,' Premiering Thursday, July 26, 2012 on PBS  (June 7, 2012)

May 2012

American Graduate: A Conversation with Teachers Premieres Monday, June 18 at 9 p.m. on THIRTEEN  (May 31, 2012)

WHUT Hosts a Teacher Town Hall to Address the Dropout Crisis in the D.C. Metro Area (May 21, 2012)

ITVS Announces Production of American Graduate Latino Programming to Address Latino High School Dropout Crisis  (May 1, 2012)


April 2012

WJCT and Florida Stations Are Part of “American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen” (April 5, 2012)


March 2012

High School Dropout Crisis is Focus of New Documentary From Ideas in Action with Jim Glassman (March 28, 2012)

Media Partners Join WHRO to Address Dropout Crisis as Part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen (March 19, 2012)

WHRO to Air Documentary About Hampton Roads’ Dropout Issue (March 19, 2012) Re-launches with New Research Resource, Video and Community Connections  (March 19, 2012)

Public Media Stations Launch Youth Media Projects as Part of "American Graduate" Initiative to Address Dropout Crisis  (March 8, 2012)


January 2012

NPT Gathers Teachers for an ‘American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen’ Teacher Town Hall (Jan. 30, 2012)

CET Kicks Off “American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen” (Jan. 26, 2012)



Tavis Smiley Reports on the Dropout Crisis; part of the American Graduate Initiative  (Sept. 9, 2011)

WTTW Launches American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen in Chicago (Nov. 7, 2011)

National American Graduate Initiative Launches in St. Louis (Nov. 7, 2011)

StoryCorps Launches New National Initiative Honoring the Work of Teachers (Sept. 19, 2011)

Tavis Smiley confronts the miseducation of Black boys in a national primetime special TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 AT 8 P.M. ON PBS (Sept. 9, 2011)
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting introduces Initiative to Combat the Dropout Crisis  (May 3, 2011)



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