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KET’s Renee Shaw honored by Kentucky Dept. of Public Advocacy for work on Prison State: A Kentucky Community Conversation

For Release: 2014-06-20 13:36:00

Renee Shaw was honored as the co-recipient of the 2014 Anthony Lewis Media Award from the Kentucky Department for Public Advocacy for “promoting reflective conversation about Kentucky criminal justice reform.” The award was presented to Shaw on June 17 at the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy’s Annual Awards Recognition Lunch at The METS Center in Erlanger, Ky. Public Advocate Ed Monahan presented the award.


Shaw’s work on KET’s Prison State: A Kentucky Community Conversation—which served as a follow-up discussion of issues raised by PBS’s Frontline “Prison State” program—was honored for its in-depth analysis of criminal justice policy issues in Kentucky, especially how laws are applied, how the mentally ill are treated and how social service systems operate to assist former inmates’ reintroduction to society. The hour-long program, which premiered on May 7 on KET, can be viewed online at


Dan Edge, producer of Frontline “Prison State”—which followed the lives of four Louisville residents as they moved in and out of the Kentucky prison system—was also honored as a co-recipient of the Anthony Lewis Media Award. In accepting the award Shaw acknowledged the many talented KET staff members who worked on Prison State: A Kentucky Community Conversation, including Justin Allen, Carl Babcock, Roger Bondurant, Kelly Campbell, Laura Kruger and Dan Taulbee.


“Renee Shaw puts her journalistic integrity and passion into everything she does at KET, and the creation of the program Prison State: A Kentucky Community Conversation is no exception. This follow-up to Frontline’s documentary is an example of both Renee’s and KET’s commitment to illuminating complex issues, as well as providing thought-provoking stories and community conversations. We are honored that she was chosen, along with Dan, as co-recipient of the 2014 Anthony Lewis Media Award,” said Shae Hopkins, KET’s executive director.


The award is named for the famed New York Times Pulitzer Prize columnist and author of Gideon’s Trumpet (1964), and recognizes the importance of the media in enlightening the public and policy makers on criminal justice issues.


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Edward C. Monahan, Public Advocate, and KET's Renee Shaw

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