KNME-TV, (PBS – Albuquerque/ Santa Fe) has been awarded a $355,000 production grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The grant will be used to produce 20, hour-long episodes of "Public Square," over the next two years.

"Public Square," which launches Thursday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m., is a part of KNME's commitment to community engagement through meaningful dialogue.

"Public Square" began last year with a Kellogg grant and was a component of KNME's long-running public affairs program, "New Mexico In Focus." With increased funding, "Public Square" becomes a standalone multi-platform program. The online and social media components will provide a focal point for the program with online streaming of programs, additional
information on topics, and an opportunity for the community to engage in ongoing dialogue.

This program allows for a substantive dialogue between citizens and state and local leaders. KNME's goal is to establish "Public Square" as an integral component of its community service to New Mexico. In each program, approximately 15 New Mexicans, from diverse backgrounds and cultures will convene to, deliberate, develop questions, and engage in a dialogue with a panel of community leaders. This provides New Mexicans with direct access to media, a dialogue with leadership, and a voice in shaping policy. The program's key objective is to give voice to the public and to empower them to help solve the problems that they have identified in their own
communities.

KNME General Manager and CEO Polly Anderson said, "We are honored by the award of this grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and are grateful to the foundation for this significant demonstration of their belief in our work. ‘Public Square' gives New Mexicans the opportunity to have a voice in the issues that affect us all."

Media Contact: Evy Todd, 277-1218.