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Black Nouveau Wins National Journalism Award

August 7, 2008

Black Nouveau, Milwaukee Public Television's locally produced weekly magazine program, has earned a "Salute to Excellence" award from the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). The award, announced at the recent UNITY `08 Convention in Chicago, was presented to Liddie Collins, a producer for Black Nouveau.

Collins, whose previous awards include an Emmy and a New York Festival Gold Award, accepted the NABJ award in the Public Affairs-Interview/Discussion category for her interview with sportswriter Dave Zirin, considered one of the country's leading young sportswriters. His column, "Edge of Sports," appears on the Sports Illustrated Web site. He hosts a weekly XM satellite show, "Edge of Sports Radio," and is a frequent contributor to The Nation, SLAM magazine, The Progressive and the Philadelphia Weekly.

"Dave was very honest during the interview," said Collins, who has been producing Black Nouveau segments for more than 15 years. "He reflected on how black athletes are treated in America and discussed the inequities he's observed."

In addition to Black Nouveau, Collins has produced a number of documentaries for MPTV, including "Punching In," which examined the challenge confronting Milwaukee's African-American community as more manufacturers, competing in a global economy, moved jobs overseas to take advantage of lower labor costs. Other MPTV documentaries Collins produced included "AIDS: The Quiet Secret" and "The Psychology of Racism."

Black Nouveau is a weekly, magazine-style program designed to promote a better understanding of African Americans, to explore issues, and to educate and inform. The half-hour production airs at 6:30 p.m.Wednesdays on MPTV-10.

For more information, contact Tom Dvorak, (414) 271-1036.