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Yarmuth Recognized By Public Television as "Champion Of Public Broadcasting"


The Association of Public Television Stations presented the Champion of Public Broadcasting Award to U.S. Representative John Yarmuth (KY-3), for his commitment to public television’s role in education. 

Yarmuth was presented with the Champion Award on February 10 during APTS Capitol Hill Day in Washington, D.C. The Champion of Public Broadcasting Award honors an individual who has made a significant contribution to the progress and growth of public television. 

“I am honored by this award and proud of our work to ensure that public broadcasting continues to thrive,” said Yarmuth. “Public television has engaged people of all ages and broadened our horizons for decades. As we look to educate a new generation of young people and train an American workforce that can compete in the 21st century, it is crucial that we continue to dedicate resources to public broadcasting.” 
 In September 2008, Yarmuth along with Representative Ray LaHood (R-Ill.), introduced the Ready To Compete Act, forward-looking legislation that would leverage public television’s enormous educational resources to raise student achievement and prepare America’s students to compete in the global economy. 

“Congressman Yarmuth’s has clearly demonstrated his dedication to ensuring America’s students receive the most advantageous educational opportunities possible,” said APTS President and CEO Larry Sidman. “His understanding of the potential for public broadcasting to enhance every child’s education and move forward aggressively to initiate legislative solutions to fulfill that promise demonstrates how valuable John Yarmuth is as a Member of Congress.” 

In his second term in Congress, Yarmuth was recently appointed to the Committee on Budget and the Committee on Ways and Means, which is the oldest and considered by many to be the most powerful committee in Congress. He was named “2007 Legislator of the Year” by the Kentucky Reading Association, “Outstanding New Member of Congress” by the Committee for Education Funding, and “Best of Congress” by Working Mother magazine and Corporate Voices for Working Families. 

 Yarmuth is a former independent newspaper publisher. He also was a co-host and commentator on several local Kentucky television programs.