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Release Date: Monday, December 16, 2013 12:05 PM
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Sholnn Freeman
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WHUT-TV Receives Award for Community Service

WASHINGTON (December 13, 2013) – Howard University’s WHUT-TV has been awarded an American Graduate Champion award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for its support of the “American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen” initiative.

Through the initiative, public broadcasting stations have engaged over 1,000 partnerships with businesses, schools, faith-based and other nonprofits working together to inspire dialogue and action towards solutions and help more young people stay on the path to a high school diploma.

“I am proud of the new partnerships we have cultivated, content produced and the positive impact that we are making in the community,” said WHUT General Manager Jefferi K. Lee.  “We are helping our students find their voice and giving them hope for their future.”

A recent national report confirmed the impact that public media continues to have in helping to improve high school graduation rates. Through the “American Graduate” initiative, more than 1,700 hours of national and local public media content and events, including American Graduate Day, have brought disparate organizations together and inspired local citizens to become American Graduate Champions, donating time and other resources.


WHUT-TV, Howard University Television, was founded in 1980 in Washington, D.C., as WHMM. At its inception, the station became the first public station in the United States to be licensed and operated by an African-American institution - Howard University. The station broadcasts reach over 2 million households in a 60-mile radius. The station endeavors to underscore Howard University's overall mission in its commitment to excellence, leadership and public service. For over 32 years on air, WHUT has become a leader in broadcast communications by providing quality programming for the Greater Washington, D.C., viewing community that is relevant and informative, while offering exceptional professional training in television production, engineering and management.  For more information, please visit
About American Graduate

“American Graduate: Let's Make it Happen” is helping local communities identify and implement solutions to the high school dropout crisis. “American Graduate” demonstrates public media's commitment to education and its deep roots in every community it serves. Beyond providing programming that educates, informs and inspires, public radio and television stations — locally owned and operated — are an important resource in helping to address critical issues, such as the dropout rate. In addition to national programming, more than 80 public radio and television stations in over 30 states have launched on-the-ground efforts working with community and at-risk youth to keep students on-track to high school graduation. More than 1,000 partnerships have been formed locally through American Graduate, and CPB is working with Alma and Colin Powell's America's Promise Alliance and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Visit American Graduate on

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 more than 1,400 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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