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PBS Reno Announces Call for Nominations for 2021 Spotlight Awards

RENO, NV (Apr. 1, 2021) – PBS Reno is inviting everyone in the community to participate in the 2021 PBS Reno Spotlight Awards & Auction by nominating a deserving individual, youth, educator, community group, or local business making a positive difference in the lives of others.

“The station is excited to again "Spotlight" the good happening in our region and is looking forward to receiving nominations for the extraordinary people and businesses located throughout our viewing area,” said Emma Glenn, PBS Reno Development Officer.

PBS Reno will present five Spotlight Awards in the following categories:

Submit your nominations today by visiting and click the desired category to begin the nomination process.

The deadline to submit nominations is May 14, 2021 at 5pm PST. PBS Reno will select three finalists in each category, and voting will begin in June. The winners will be revealed live on-air during the Spotlight Awards and Auction on Saturday, September 18, 2021 on PBS Reno channel 5.1. The program will feature in-depth stories about each finalist, allowing viewers to learn about the impactful and inspiring work being done throughout northern Nevada.

PBS Reno will also honor Sandy Raffealli as this year’s Extraordinary Philanthropist.

“We are thrilled be able to continue highlighting the incredible people and organizations who make our region such an exceptional place with the Spotlight Awards again this year,” said Brynne Kenney, PBS Reno Vice President of Administration. “So many people have used the difficulty of the last year to do great things for others in our community and we want to celebrate that.”

The community is also invited to participate in the Spotlight Awards and Auction’s exciting on-air auction of items, packages and experiences. All proceeds will benefit PBS Reno’s educational outreach in classrooms across the region, and will also help fund local productions.

“This is a great opportunity to provide recognition or publicity for a community group, person or business near and dear to your heart,” said Peter Stanton, PBS Reno Vice President of Development. “At PBS Reno, we’re dedicated to telling local stories, and we’re proud to be able to use our platform to tell the stories of local people, groups, and businesses making a difference in our community.”

About PBS Reno

As of November 2020, PBS Reno is watched by more than 124,000 people and more than 85,000 households weekly in northern and central Nevada and northeastern California, with viewership on multicast channels Reno Create and PBS KIDS Reno. PBS Reno channels are also available on cable, satellite services, and via livestream on YouTube TV. PBS Reno provides PBS national programming and award-winning, locally-produced content. provides engaging interactive content, including the video portal at watch.PBSReno.orgthat streams all locally-produced content and most PBS national content. PBS Reno serves students, teachers, parents and caregivers through immersive educational services including Ready To Learn Workshops that bring classroom lessons to life. Through the support of local corporations and foundations, as well as individual members, PBS Reno has been delivering public television and educational services to the communities it serves since 1983.

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