SDPTV's Andersen wins national award Julie Andersen, executive director of South Dakota Public Broadcasting, received the National Advocacy Award during the Association of Public Television Station's (APTS) annual Capitol Hill Days in Washington, District of Columbia.
This honor is bestowed upon individuals within public broadcasting who promote public television's national agenda. Andersen earned the distinction for her role in bringing rural broadband issues to the forefront of the U.S. Senate. Andersen gained the support of Sen. Tom Daschle to ensure much of the Rural Digital Technology Act language was included in an early draft of the Farm Bill.
Andersen, who has been with the network for 15 years, was pleased with the distinction.
"It's a very exciting time to be in public broadcasting. We're just beginning to realize all of the new programs and services public broadcasting can offer the digital age," Andersen said. "I'm honored to have the opportunity to share some of our thoughts and plans with our leaders in Washington."
APTS is a nonprofit corporation representing the interests of public television stations in such governmental units as Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, the departments of Commerce and Education, and other federal agencies.