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Congressman Mark Amodei Receives Champion of Public Broadcasting Award


RENO, NV (Mar 1, 2023) — Today, America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) honored Congressman Mark Amodei with the 2023 Champion of Public Broadcasting Award.

PBS Reno President and CEO Kurt Mische said, “We are so pleased that Congressman Amodei has received this national award for his steadfast support of the federal investment in public television.”

Below is a press release from APTS.

Congressman Mark Amodei Receives
2023 Champion of Public Broadcasting Award
from America’s Public Television Stations

WASHINGTON(Mar 1, 2023) — America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) today presented the Champion of Public Broadcasting Award to Congressman Mark Amodei (R-NV).

Left to right: Carolyn Edwards, Vegas PBS Board Member and APTS Board Member; Mendy Elliott, Flynn Giudici Associates; Mark Amodei, U.S. Representative (Nevada District 2); Kurt Mische, PBS Reno President and CEO; Mark Herron, Past PBS Reno Board Chair; Dr. Niki Bates, Dir. Education Services and Business Development Vegas PBS

As co-chair of the Public Broadcasting Caucus and a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Congressman Amodei has been a stalwart supporter of public media funding over many years. He also strongly advocated for local public broadcasters during the spectrum auction and repacking process.

“It’s a great honor to present this award, our highest, to Congressman Amodei for all the work he has done on our behalf over the years,” said APTS president and CEO Patrick Butler. “He understands how important public television is to rural America, how essential our services in education, public safety and civic leadership are to people everywhere, and how vital the federal appropriation for public broadcasting is to making these services available to everyone, every day for free.

“We are profoundly grateful for the bipartisan support for our work which Congressman Amodei symbolizes and encourages.”

“While most people don’t realize or recognize it, public broadcasting in our communities is very much infrastructure,” said Congressman Amodei. “The service they provide through their dissemination of public safety information and broadcasting operations is invaluable in a community-well being context. I’m proud to support their work and mission.”

Congressman Mark E. Amodei (R-NV) has served as the U.S. Representative for Nevada’s Second Congressional District since 2011. He is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, and serves on the Financial Services, Legislative Branch and Interior subcommittees.

Congressman Amodei was born in Carson City, Nevada on June 12, 1958. He graduated from Carson High School in 1976, where he was Student Class President. Congressman Amodei graduated from the University of Nevada in 1980, and received his law degree from McGeorge Law School, University of the Pacific in 1983.

Congressman Amodei served with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps, from 1983 to 1987 and was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal.

Congressman Amodei served in the Nevada Assembly from 1996 to 1998 and in the Nevada State Senate, representing the Capital District, from 1998 to 2010. He served as chairman of the Nevada Republican Party until May 2011. From 2007 to 2008, Congressman Amodei was the President of the Nevada Mining Association. He was an attorney with law firms Allison MacKenzie in Carson City from 1987 to 2004 and Kummer Kaempfer Bonner Renshaw and Ferrario (now Kaempfer Crowell) in Reno from 2004 to 2007.

In Congress, Congressman Amodei also serves on the Congressional Western Caucus, Army Caucus, Congressional Joint Strike Fighter Caucus, USO Caucus, Veterans Job Caucus, Italian American Caucus, Conservative Climate Caucus, Travel and Tourism Caucus, Postal Preservation Caucus and ALS Caucus.

Congressman Amodei is close to his family and has two adult daughters, Erin and Ryanne. Congressman Amodei enjoys working on his old trucks, do-it-yourself projects, and exploring Nevada history.

The Champion of Public Broadcasting Award was presented to Congressman Mark Amodei (R-NV) during the APTS Public Media Summit on Wednesday, March 1, 2023.

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