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March 27, 2019

The Fair Media Council Honors “MetroFocus” with Four Folio Awards

The Fair Media Council hosted the 2019 Folio Awards Luncheon today at The Garden City Hotel in Garden City, New York. The event, which serves as the biggest media event on Long Island, celebrates the best in news and social media, and aims to to recognize outstanding news stories that combine journalistic excellence with information of relevance and importance to the public.

WNET’s nightly local news program MetroFocus was recognized with four Folio Awards at the event.

The “Fighting Opioids at the Library“segment, which spotlights a Long Island library clerk, who lost her son to the opioid epidemic, and her plan to help save a community from the same fate, won in the “Community Service” category.

The inspiring story of “Publicity & Pong,” the story of a 72-year-old rock and roll publicist turned ping pong player, was recognized in the “Feature” category.

The Last Race,” which reveals how one community on Long Island is trying to hold on to its past while staving off developers, won “Town Coverage.”

And, the March 6, 2018 episode – which explored the DACA deadline, potentially hazardous sites on Long Island, former MSNBC news anchor Dylan Ratigan’s controversial congressional run and the “Real People. Real Lives. Women Immigrants of New York,” exhibition at the Queens Museum – was awarded “Best Talk Show.”

The event also featured a conversation with legendary Newsweek reporter Eleanor Clift, who shared her story and thoughts on news and politics today, life inside the Beltway and more. Longtime CBS-AM sports director and current professional in residence at WRHU Hofstra Radio was also recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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