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Public TV Shines Spotlight on Dick Durbin

The public broadcasting community is slated to tip its collective hat to Sen. Richard J. Durbin on Feb. 24 for a career spent defending the little media guy.
(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Per event organizers, the Illinois Democrat will be presented with the 2015 Champion of Public Broadcasting Award next week at a ceremony held at the Library of Congress’s Thomas Jefferson Building. The breakfast meeting, which is scheduled to include remarks by Congressional Public Broadcasting Caucus Co-Chairman Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., will cap off the 2015 Public Media Summit taking place in Washington from Feb. 22 through Feb. 24. Attendees at the Association of Public Television Stations’ fourth annual conference are also expected to pay tribute to former Sen. Richard G. Lugar. The Indiana Republican will be honored with the CPB Thought Leader Award during a weekend luncheon. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., is scheduled to share his take on public media’s role in civil discourse during the same session (Fairmont Washington Ballroom, 1-2:30 p.m.). According to event staff, Durbin has a rich history of cheering on the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the kid-friendly Ready to Learn program and community-based communication platforms (local television, public radio). And let’s not forget his greatest contribution to the public airwaves: a 1989 floor speech in defense of wooden baseball bats. Take your bow, senator. The 114th: CQ Roll Call's Guide to the New Congress Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call in your inbox or on your iPhone.