World Affairs Council-Washington, DC to Honor the Corporation for Public Broadcasting With Global Communications Award

Dec 09, 2016


WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 9, 2016) -- The World Affairs Council-Washington, DC (WAC-DC) will honor the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) with the Global Communications Award at its 37th annual HONORS Gala on March 29, 2017 in Washington, D.C.  The event recognizes organizations that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to global education, international affairs, and global communications.

“We are pleased to award the Corporation for Public Broadcasting with the Global Communications Award,” said Pat Gross, the Council’s Co-Founder and Chairman of the 2017 HONORS: Gala. “CPB’s dedication to disseminating knowledge, resources and journalistic content to publics across the globe, empowers people of all backgrounds to be informed citizens.”

The WAC-DC will present five honorees with awards that exemplify the mission of the Council, which is to empower educators and students to effectively compete, communicate and lead in our multicultural nation and worldwide. CPB President and CEO Pat Harrison will accept the Global Communications Award on behalf of CPB. Other honorees include Blackboard Inc. Chairman, CEO and President Bill Ballhaus, recipient of the Global Education Award; The Republic of Colombia and the Ambassador to the United States Juan Carlos Pinzón, recipient of the Distinguished Diplomatic Service Award; and Marymount University President Dr. Matthew Shank, recipient of the Educator of the Year Award.  Dr. Jane Goodall, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, will receive the 2017 Global Ambassador Award 

“We accept this award on behalf of public media's courageous international journalists who provide America and the world with essential news and information,” Ms. Harrison said.

CPB invests in public media journalism to ensure that all Americans have access to high-quality local, regional, national and international reporting — the basis of an engaged, civil society. In the past eight years as newspapers have foundered leaving a local reporting gap, CPB has provided more than $27 million to fund 22 local and regional collaborations in ways that honor fact-based reporting, transparency and editorial integrity. Along with long-form journalism, documentaries and films from around the world, CPB supports international reporting. For example, in September CPB provided the lead gift of $400,000 to NPR for the David Gilkey and Zabihallah Tamanna Memorial Fund for International Coverage and Photojournalism honoring the lives and work of these two journalists killed while reporting in southern Afghanistan.

In addition, through support of children’s educational content and two major education initiatives: Ready To Learn and American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, CPB has helped stations expand their offerings for students, teachers and parents across multiple platforms to include a diversity of characters and themes as well as increase community dialogue around significant issues.

About the World Affairs Council

The World Affairs Council – Washington, DC is ‘A Leading Forum for Global Education and International Affairs’ and an institution ‘Where Learning Happens’. The Council is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to expanding awareness among the American public and international community, of geopolitical, business, environmental and civil society issues, in our inter-connected world. To learn more about the World Affairs Council-Washington, DC, including our social media sites, visit

About CPB

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of nearly 1,500 locally owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide. CPB is also the largest single source of funding for research, technology and program development for public radio, television and related online services. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter @CPBmediaFacebook and LinkedIn for updates.


Kristin Roach, Director-Global Communications,, 202-293-1051
Tish King, SVP Communications, CPB,, 202-604-2467

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