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Ronnie Agnew, Mississippi Public Broadcasting executive director, receives the National Advocacy Award from APTS President and CEO Patrick Butler. Courtesy of APTS

Ronnie Agnew receives national honor

Ronnie Agnew, Executive Director, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, has been awarded the 2016 National Advocacy Award by America’s Public Television Stations for his efforts in furthering public television’s legislative goals and marshalling grassroots support for public broadcasting.

The award was presented during The APTS Public Media Summit in Washington. Agnew was also re-elected to the APTS Board of Trustees and as the organization’s Professional Vice Chair.

Agnew joined Mississippi Public Broadcasting in August 2011 as the agency’s executive director after a career in the newspaper industry spanning nearly three decades. At MPB, a state licensee, Agnew has oversight of radio and television programming and the agency’s legislative, education and digital initiatives. During his time at MPB, Mr. Agnew has successfully overseen the launch of new shows that further the agency’s mission of delivering strong content across all platforms, focusing on issues affecting Mississippi, with an emphasis on early-childhood education, dropout prevent and healthcare. Before joining MPB, Agnew was executive editor of The Clarion-Ledger, the state’s largest newspaper.

Agnew has served as an adjunct communications professor at Belhaven University and is advisory board chairman for the journalism program at Jackson State University. He also on the journalism advisory boards for the University of Southern Mississippi and the Meek School of Journalism at Ole Miss. He serves on many community boards, including being the immediate past chairman of the Mississippi Council on Economic Education. He was named by blackmississippi.com as one of the most influential African Americans in Mississippi.

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