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30th Annual Global Media Awards


Population Institute's

30th Annual Global Media Awards

Friday, December 4, 2009

6:00PM Reception

7:00PM Dinner

National Press Club

Please join us in honoring those who have contributed to creating an awareness of population concerns through their outstanding journalistic endeavors.

RSVP by November 25th to Jennie Wetter

Tickets are $65 per person.

Reserve your space today as limited seating is available and reservations will be taken on a first come first serve basis.

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Global Media Awards Program

Keynote Speaker

The Honorable Timothy E. Wirth

President, United Nations Foundation and Better World Fund

Timothy Wirth is the President of the United Nations Foundation and the Better World Fund. Both organizations were founded in 1998 through a major financial commitment from Ted Turner to support and strengthen the work of the United Nations.

Wirth began his political career as a White House Fellow under President Lyndon Johnson and was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Education in the Nixon Administration. In 1970, Wirth returned to his home state and ran successfully for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1974. He represented Denver suburbs in Congress from 1975-1987. Wirth was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986 where he focused on environmental issues, particularly global climate change and population stabilization.

Following these two decades of elected politics, Wirth was national Co-chair of the Clinton-Gore campaign, and served in the U.S. Department of State as the first Undersecretary for Global Affairs from 1993 to 1997.

Prior to entering politics, Wirth was in private business in Colorado. The son of teachers, he was a scholarship student and graduate of Harvard College, served as a Harvard "Baby Dean" after graduation, and received a Ph.D. from Stanford University. The recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees, he also served as a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers. He was recently honored as a Champion of the Earth by the United Nations Environment Programme. Wirth is married to Wren Wirth, the President of the environmentally oriented Winslow Foundation; they have two grown children and four grandchildren.

30th Annual Global Media Awards Winners

Best Book: Michelle Goldberg, The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World

Best Article or Series of Articles: Robert Engelman, "Population & Sustainability" in Scientific American

Best Print Editorial: Malcolm Potts, "The Other War in Afghanistan" in the Los Angeles Times

Best News Service: The Associated Press

Best Online News Service: Optimum Population Trust: News Watch (United Kingdom)

Best Online Commentary: New Security Beat by Environmental Change and Security Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Best Film or Miniseries: Earth Days

Best Editorial Cartoon: The Local Government Chairman by Francis Umendu Odupute (Nigeria)

Best TV Show: To the Contrary with Bonnie Erbe

Best Radio Show: EarthSky: A Clear Voice for Science

Best Serial Drama: Neighbors by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs (Uganda)

Media Outreach Award: John Feeney, Global Population Speakout

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