WGLT McBride

WGLT Radio station at Illinois State University receives an award. General Manager at WGLT RC McBride and Development Director Melissa Libert pose together before they go 'on-air'.

Illinois State University’s NPR station, WGLT Radio received the 2019 American Democracy Project Civic Engagement Award Tuesday in the Circus Room of the Bone Student Center.

WGLT was given the award in recognition of their community engagement efforts.

“We’re thrilled WGLT’s work in the community is being recognized, but that’s not why we do it,” WGLT General Manager R.C. McBride said.

“Local information and community dialogue is core to WGLT’s — and public radio’s — mission. We’re in a unique position to provide a platform for informed and passionate conversation where people are talking and listening — not shouting.”

Melissa Libert, development director at WGLT, nominated the 2018-2019 Community Conversations and the local election forums for consideration of the Civic Engagement: Unit award.

WGLT has engaged more than 1,700 event attendees and reached more than 25,000 people digitally through a series of 11 events.

In spring 2018, WGLT was awarded the Fell Trust grant for their Community Conversations series. The series has addressed gun violence, youth mental health and journalism in a fake news era.

CINDY HERNANDEZ is News Editor for The Vidette. She can be reached at vidette_cherna9@ilstu.eduFollow her on Twitter at @Cindylu_7

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