Atlanta, GA — Gray Television was honored at the 2020 NAB Leadership Foundation, Service to America Awards with the “Service to Community Award for Television.” Gray Television’s “Measure of Hate” was awarded for excellent investigative reporting. Please click the link below to watch the full awards ceremony.
Gray Television’s “Measure of Hate” campaign exposed significant flaws and omissions in the FBI’s annual hate crime report, ultimately leading the FBI to overhaul policy and ending the agency’s decades-long illegal practice. Through the investigation, Gray Television discovered that the FBI wasn’t accurately reporting its own hate crime cases and that national statistics were based on voluntary reports from local agencies. Throughout 2019, several “Measure of Hate” stories aired in newscasts on all 93 Gray Television stations. Gray also aired a 30-minute “Measure of Hate” documentary. Due to this investigation the FBI, public officials and law enforcers were required to change their reporting procedures and reevaluate the information and data available to accurately measure hate crimes across this country.
More than 500 television and radio stations nationwide aired the National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation’s 2020 Celebration of Service to America Awards, first airing August 22 at 7:00 p.m. EST. 21 Georgia Association of Broadcasters staitons aired the event. The televised one-hour program honored local radio and television stations from across the country for their exceptional community service.
The program was distributed to stations through a pro bono partnership with Disney Media Networks, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. In collaboration with the NAB Leadership Foundation, Nielsen will provide television measurement and analytic services.
The professionally-produced program, hosted by award-winning journalist and television host Tamron Hall, included celebrity guests and members of Congress announcing the winners and showcasing the community service efforts of station winners.
The list of station finalists can be found at ServiceToAmericaAwards.org.
About Celebration of Service to America
The 2020 Celebration of Service to America Awards highlights and honors the exceptional community service exhibited by local radio and television stations across the U.S. Throughout the program, high profile guests will announce the award winners and showcase finalists for their excellence in community service. The one-hour program will be accessible online and available for radio and television stations to air starting on Saturday, August 22. The NAB Leadership Foundation is partnering with leading entertainment and marketing companies, Trailer Park Group; Disney Media Networks, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company; and Nielsen to produce, distribute and measure the program.