The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) has announced that Graham Media Group’s WDIV-TV (Detroit) is the recipient of its 2017 Service to America Television Award. This award recognizes a television station for the totality of its efforts and its commitment to excellence in serving its community.
In a press release, the NABEF writes “Through news coverage, philanthropy and community service, WDIV puts the needs of viewers first. When the city of Flint found itself in crisis, WDIV hosted a telethon, raising more than $1.13 million. WDIV also provided extensive coverage of the Flint water crisis, airing a primetime special and traveling to Washington, D.C., to cover developments on Capitol Hill. To address the opioid epidemic, WDIV ran numerous PSAs and provided significant news coverage to keep the conversation on drug addiction front and center. With Detroit having the largest concentration of Arab Americans in the U.S., WDIV created the “Arab in America” news series, which showed viewers personal stories of Arab Americans in their local community. In partnership with Bookstock, WDIV raised over $1.4 million for literacy and education programs in its community. The station’s commitment to education continued with its renovations of a school in the Detroit Public School Community District. This is just a small sampling of the work WDIV does to serve the local community.”
There were a total of six winners, in various categories, announced for the 2017 Service to America Awards. Winners will be honored at the Celebration of Service to America dinner, June 20 in Washington. For a complete list of winners and finalists, click here.