American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

ASHA Names 2010 Media Award Winners: New York Times, Washington Post, American Urban Radio, NBC40 Philadelphia

(Rockville, MD - September 16, 2010)  

The New York Times, The Washington Post, American Urban Radio, and NBC40 Philadelphia are winners of 2010 media awards from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the organization announced today.

ASHA represents more than 140,000 speech language pathologists (SLPs), audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Selected by ASHA's Committee on Honors, this year's winners will receive their awards at the association's 2010 Convention in Philadelphia in November.

"We congratulate these winners for their coverage and for the important role they've played raising the profile of the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology before the public," ASHA 2010 President Tommie L. Robinson Jr. says.

The New York Times, will be recognized for a prominent February 2010 Health Section story, "When To Worry If A Child Has Too Few Words," by Perry Klass, MD. The article cited ASHA's guidelines and gave readers information for tracking their children's speech and language development.

The Washington Post will be honored for a 2009 feature story that highlighted ASHA's Listen To Your Buds campaign, "Listen Up – But Keep It Down, Music Through Earbuds Can Lead To Hearing Loss Over Time If You're Not Careful."The story, accompanied by photos and graphics, dominated the Kids Post page of the paper.

American Urban Radio, the Nation's only African-American owned radio network, will receive its media award for two separate broadcast stories. One featured ASHA 2009 President Sue Hale giving parents tips for monitoring their children's speech and language development; the other reported on a paper that was presented at ASHA's 2009 Convention about the higher risk of speech delays among impoverished children.

NBC40, which is part of the Philadelphia media market, the fourth largest market in the country, will receive its media award for producing two "Health Updates" in 2009 about stuttering and noise-induced hearing loss that prominently featured ASHA members.

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 140,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems including swallowing disorders.

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