Utah Public Radio is a winner of the Penn State Public Media “Think Outside the Pipes” local reporting initiative. Funds were awarded to six public radio stations to produce stories that confront public policy issues of managing water. UPR is the only station in the western United States to receive the grant.
UPR is using the grant to produce a program called “Five Billion Gallons” that will begin airing in September 2013. The program will be hosted by Matt Jensen and Jennifer Pemberton and will cover all aspects of water usage, issues, and infrastructure in the state.
"Five Billion Gallons" is a supporting component of Penn State Public Media’s Water Blues, Green Solutions, a documentary project that shares stories of communities innovating green solutions for issues like flooding, pollution and scarcity.
Kerry Bringhurst said that grant awards like this one from Penn State Public Media help the station bring relevant content to the state:
“Financial support from our listeners keeps the station going, but these extra funds mean that we can dig deeper into the issues that matter most to Utahns," Bringhurst said. "We’re grateful to have the opportunity to produce this program and be part of the Water Blues, Green Solutions project.”
Water Blues, Green Solutions will be nationally distributed on public television stations in January 2014. Funding for the grant comes from the Park Foundation, an organization dedicated to media that heightens public awareness of critical environmental issues.
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