WPBT2 show wins National Academies honor

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“Sentinels of the Seas,” an episode of WPBT2’s Changing Seas, has won a 2011 Communications Award in the Film/Radio/TV category, from the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and Institute of Medicine. The episode explained what Florida’s bottlenose dolphins reveal about the health of coastal waters and human exposure to chemical contaminants. The awards recognize excellence in reporting and communicating science, engineering and medicine.

Other public media finalists included Richard Harris and Alison Richards for “Gulf Spill May Far Exceed Official Estimates” on NPR; Richards, Christopher Joyce, Jon Hamilton and Joe Palca for “The Human Edge: Finding Our Inner Fish” also on NPR; and Gary Hochman, Steve Reich and Paula Apsell for “Secrets Beneath the Ice” on Nova.

Pictured is the production team for Changing Seas: Sentinels of the Seas, from left:  Ray Ratliff, graphic designer; Jeremy Nicholson, editor/videographer; Kandra Velez, producer; Veronique Koch, associate producer; Alexa Elliott, series producer; Allan Farrell, videographer; and Sean Hickey, editor/videographer. (Image: WBPT2)