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WESTPORT, Conn., Jan. 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Newman's Own Foundation, the organization started by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, announces grants totaling $2.4 million, over two years, to 13 public broadcasting stations and organizations. The grants represent an ongoing commitment of Newman's Own Foundation to support open dialogue and promote civic engagement.
"Paul Newman believed that the independent voice played a critical role in making our world a better place," said Robert Forrester, President of Newman's Own Foundation. "He was a strong supporter of public broadcasting, and we are proud to maintain that support for today and into the future." Total giving by Newman's Own in support of public broadcasting is nearly $10 million.
Funds will be used by some stations to generate increased donor giving through challenge grants. In other cases, funds will be directed to programming or special projects. One example is the National Public Radio's Military Voices Initiative, where the experiences of military personnel, veterans, and their families will be recorded and broadcast.
The organizations that have received public broadcasting grants are: