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TCCY Honors Media

Embargoed Until Contact: Linda O'Neal
March18, 2003 Phone (615) 741-2633

The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth honored four journalists Tuesday, March 18, at the 15th annual Children's Advocacy Days.

Broadcast media awards were given to May Dean Eberling, executive producer on Nashville's WTVF News Channel 5, and to WLJT television, a public station in Jackson. Eberling has been called the dean of public affairs programming in Middle Tennessee and has contributed to the community both professionally and as a volunteer. WLJT has a dedicated community focus, including sustaining attention on early childhood education at a time when this issue received media little attention.

Two journalists received the print Making KIDS COUNT Media Awards. Bradley A. Martin, editor of the weekly Hickman County Times, received an award for consistent and ongoing coverage of children and their issues. Jill Thomas, a reporter with the Cookeville Herald-Citizen, was honored for her efforts to inform the community about the health status of children and the needs of abused and neglected children.

The Making KIDS COUNT Media Awards honor outstanding reporting that enlightens citizens on issues and problems concerning children in Tennessee. TCCY began the media award in 2000.

The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth is an independent agency created by the Tennessee General Assembly. Its primary mission is to advocate for improvements in the quality of life for Tennessee children and families.

(For more information on each honoree, please contact TCCY or check the agency website at