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PBS Reno Announces Call for Entries for Inaugural 2020 Spotlight Awards & Auction

RENO, NV (JUNE 11, 2020) – Do you know someone who stands out by making our community better? PBS Reno has announced its call for nominations for its Spotlight Awards & Auction, highlighting individuals and community groups who are making a positive impact in the region.

This inaugural, on-air awards program takes the place of the station’s in-person gala traditionally held in September.

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

  • Extraordinary Community Group
  • Extraordinary Local Business
  • Extraordinary Educator
  • Extraordinary Young Neighbor
  • Extraordinary Neighbor

“We at PBS Reno are so proud to be a part of this community and we are very excited to be able to share that in highlighting the incredible people and organizations who make our region such an exceptional place,” said Brynne Kenney, PBS Reno Vice President of Administration. “Especially during these uncertain times, we want to celebrate lifting each other up and recognize those who are making an extraordinary impact. We need everyone to nominate those who have been doing just that.”

To nominate a deserving person, business or organization, visit PBS Reno’s website and click the desired category to begin the nomination process. The deadline to submit nominations is Monday, July 6, 2020 at 5pm PST.

Voting will take place Monday, July 13 through Monday, August 31. The winners will be revealed live on-air during the Spotlight Awards & Auction on Sunday, September 13 on PBS Reno channel 5.1

The Spotlight Awards & Auction will also feature an exciting on-air auction of items and packages, with proceeds benefiting PBS Reno’s local productions and educational outreach.

“At PBS Reno, we’re thrilled to shine a light on all of the amazing groups and individuals making our region a better place to live, especially during these times,” said Peter Stanton, PBS Reno Vice President of Development. “We want this to be a true reflection of our community, so we’re asking everyone to nominate a person, business, or group that’s made an impact.”

About PBS Reno

As of January 2020, PBS Reno is watched by more than 122,000 people and more than 79,000 households weekly in northern and central Nevada and northeastern California, with additional 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 that 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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