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VIA Public Media received beautiful crystal awards from the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters for excellence in programming. Source: Cristaux International

VIA Public Media has received two 2020 Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Excellence in Broadcasting Awards for a radio report about a Bucknell professor's unique solar powered backpack project for refugees and a television documentary about a NASA flight director.

Lisa Mazzarella, Larry Vojtko and Paul Lazar have been awarded the 2020 Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Award for Outstanding Radio Feature Story / Report / Series for the Keystone Edition story “Bucknell Professor Shines Light of Hope In to the Darkness of Lebanon” which premiered on November 23, 2019 on VIA Radio.

The piece, produced as part of VIA’s Keystone Edition program, features electrical and computer engineering professor Amal Kabalan speaking about a solar backpack project she created with Shehryar Asif, an electrical engineering major to assist students from refugee camps in Lebanon to allow them to do their daily homework.

The piece is available to listen to any time online.

VIA Producer / Director Kris Hendrickson also won in the Outstanding Television Feature Story / Report / Series for his short documentary Glynn Lunney – Segment for State of Pa.

In this video, Old Forge Pa. native Glynn Lunney talks about his time serving as flight director for NASA during the historic Apollo 11 mission which landed a man on the moon. Glynn shares his experiences working with the Apollo missions, the principles he was raised on, and his core values that guided him through the space race and beyond.

The video is available to watch any time here.

“It is always an honor to be recognized by the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters for the work that we do. Stories like these highlight the amazing work of our region's citizens and are part of VIA’s mission and commitment to showcase local stories and bring them to national audiences,” Said Ben Payavis, Chief Content Officer at VIA Public Media.

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