WHRO Public Media has been honored to win several awards recently. From our new weekly Facebook series, Martha Reads, to several advertising awards for promotions, we are excited to celebrate these accomplishments. 

“WHRO Public Media is committed to delivering outstanding content that enriches and educates our community. We are honored by the these awards and nominations,” stated Bert Schmidt, president and CEO of WHRO.

Below is a list of our 2021 Awards.

Public Media Award

Category: COVID-19 Marketing/Communications

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Each week on Facebook, Martha reads a new story aloud. Rather than reading the books that children may already know, or could possibly find on their shelves at home, Martha reads stories that were submitted in previous years to the WHRO annual Young Storytellers Contest. These short tales are stories written by children, for children, with accompanying illustrations.

Addy Awards


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Spelling Bee

Category: Art Direction—Campaign

This annual event helps students improve their spelling, increase their vocabulary, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.


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Work Like A Girl

Category: Television Self-Promotion-Local Campaign

Work Like A Girl is part of WHRO’s American Graduate: Getting to Work national initiative, funded by Corporation for Public Broadcasting, to create awareness of the great opportunities for young women in skilled careers.

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Category: Television-Local Campaign

RISE is an economic development organization with a mission to accelerate innovation around solutions to coastal communities’ resilience challenges. The TV campaign promoted a challenge program covering Hampton Roads designed to support founders of startups and small businesses who are solving climate-change related problems in coastal cities.

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Out of the Box

Category: Art Direction—Campaign

Paul Shugrue opens the box on great new music that's rarely played on the radio anywhere else. Hear the show on WHRV FM Monday-Thursday, 7-9 p.m. and Saturday, 1-5 p.m.

Or check out the archives online.

Telly Awards

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Curate 757: Mascon Leather

Category: Online General - Cultural

Artie Shell worked in the banking industry for many years. After discovering his passion and talent for leather crafting, he left the corporate world to pursue his dream. Now owner of the successful brand Mascon Leather, his leather goods have been sold on every continent in the world.

Watch the episode. 

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Curate 757: Art In The Time Of COVID
Category: Online Craft - Editing

Curate 757: Danny Doughty
Category: Online General - Cultural

VA MOCA: Close Looks and Make Breaks
Local TV Campaign - Campaign Not-for-Profit

African American History Course Videos
Online Series - Series: Education & Discovery

Curate 757: Healing Ink
Online General - Cultural

Telly bronze


Curate: Season 5, Episode 1
Television General - Cultural

Curate 757
Online Series - Series: Documentary

RISE Resilience Campaign / Rise Resilience Innovations
Online Commercials Campaign - Campaign Not-for-Profit

Good Bugs
Social Video Craft - Use of 2D Animation

Vision Zero, City of Norfolk, VA
Social Video - General Public Service & Activism

See the awards WHRO won in 2020.