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Upton receives 2020 Champion of Public Broadcasting Award from America’s Public Television Stations

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Washington, February 26, 2020 | Josh Paciorek (202-225-3761) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today received the Champion of Public Broadcasting Award from America’s Public Television Stations (APTS).

As chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee from 2011-2017, Upton shepherded passage of legislation establishing the broadcast spectrum incentive auction and ensuring that all channel repacking costs were covered.

Upton is now co-chair of the Public Broadcasting Caucus, which encourages federal investment in public media and works with public broadcasters to enhance their missions of education, public safety and civic leadership in communities across America.

“It is quite the honor to receive the Champion of Public Broadcasting Award,” said Upton. “As a former journalism major, I understand the important role media and public broadcasting play in our communities across southwest Michigan and around the nation. I remain absolutely committed to supporting public broadcasting and all the work they do to provide valuable services in education and public safety.”

“Fred Upton is a consummate legislator who reaches across the partisan aisle to craft and enact laws that make a difference in America,” said APTS president and CEO Patrick Butler. “We in public broadcasting are extremely fortunate that a leader of his talent and temperament is one of our champions — and has been for a long time. It’s been my personal privilege to know Congressman Upton since the Reagan Administration, and there simply is no finer public servant. He’s helped us build our broad bipartisan support in the Congress, navigate a challenging spectrum auction, and strengthen our ability to serve our country. America's Public Television Stations are honored to present this most well-deserved 2020 Champion of Public Broadcasting Award to Congressman Fred Upton."

The Champion of Public Broadcasting Award was presented to Upton during the APTS Public Media Summit on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.




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