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"American RadioWorks provides an opportunity to go beyond the sound bites and shallow reporting that are commonly available in the media, to gain a greater understanding of our most important social issues, our history and ourselves. We provide information that is meaningful and, most of all, fascinating."
— Former Executive Producer Bill Buzenberg
American RadioWorks (ARW) is the award-winning national documentary unit of American Public Media. As public radio's largest documentary production unit it creates documentaries, series projects, and investigative reports for the public radio system on air and online. ARW produces three kinds of documentaries:
ARW will shift from a monthly distribution system to a twice-yearly seasonal calendar. The first season will be August-November 2007. It will cluster programs that have common thematic elements, mark specific dates or anniversaries or coincide with major programming initiatives at American Public Media and in public broadcasting. The seasonal approach is of enormous value to stations because it:
ARW's comprehensive reporting is of a depth and scope seldom seen or heard in the media today. ARW's areas of focus include:
The ARW team features some of the most accomplished names in public radio journalism, including Executive Editor/Correspondent Stephen Smith, Editor Catherine Winter, Correspondent William "Rocky" Kistner, Correspondent/Producer John Biewen, Economics Correspondent Chris Farrell, Correspondent Michael Montgomery, Web Producer Ochen Kaylan, Coordinating Producer Ellen Guettler and Contributing Photographer Steve Schapiro. ARW is based at American Public Media in St. Paul and has staff journalists in Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Durham, N.C.
American RadioWorks has received some of the most prestigious awards in journalism, including:
Visit the American RadioWorks program Web site for a complete list of awards.