Who are public media’s ‘Rising Stars’?

Current’s Rising Stars initiative aims to shine a spotlight on up-and-coming talents who are making a difference in public media — for their organizations and for their audiences. We need your help to identify them and tell their stories. Learn more about why we launched Rising Stars and check out the 22 extraordinary talents who were the Rising Stars of 2023.

We are seeking nominations for professionals age 35 and under who are doing exceptional work in public media. They’ve introduced new ideas, new voices or new skills and are poised to influence how audiences experience, engage with or support public media. We are looking for individuals who embrace and embody the mission of public media. 

We encourage you to look across your organization when considering who to nominate. We welcome nominations of rising stars who bring diversity and work in different disciplines within public media, on-air or behind the scenes. That includes journalism, production, fundraising, technology, education/engagement, etc. 

Tell us about your rising star by filling out the form below by midnight Friday, May 17. Nominators are limited to one entry.

Please keep in mind that the more that you tell us about your nominee, the better we’ll be able to evaluate their achievements and potential inclusion in the 2024 cohort of Rising Stars.

We'll also use your testimonials to highlight the individuals and their work.

Please add up to two links to your nominee's work samples for the judges' consideration.