WPSU's 'Liquid Assets' wins national award

April 01, 2009

University Park, Pa. -- Penn State Public Broadcasting's 90-minute documentary, "Liquid Assets: The Story of Our Water Infrastructure," is the winner of the American Association of Engineering Societies Engineering Journalism Award. The documentary focuses on America's distressed water infrastructure systems.

Executive Producer, Tom Keiter, and Senior Producer/Director Stephanie Ayanian will accept the award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in late April.

The AAES Engineering Journalism Award recognizes outstanding reporting of an event or issue that furthers public understanding of engineering. Each year, one award is presented in one of three categories: daily newspapers, general circulation print media, or broadcast radio or television.

"Liquid Assets" debuted in October 2008 and has aired on public television stations across the country. The program exposes our complex and aging water systems – some which have been in the ground for more than 150 years. You can watch the documentary's trailer and learn about outreach activities associated with the show at http://liquidassets.psu.edu.

The American Society of Civil Engineers nominated the documentary. ASCE also provided funding for the project.

Past Recipients of the AAES Engineering Journalism Award include writers for the Washington Post, Fortune Magazine, the Knight-Ridder News Service and the Chicago Tribune.

WPSU is committed to the concept of public service media: developing non-commercial programming on important societal issues and helping to foster community discussions in concurrence with the broadcast. “Liquid Assets” originated from conversations between Penn State Public Broadcasting and the Penn State Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

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