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World Food Prize ceremony broadcast LIVE on IPTV

October 13, 2008

Iowa Public Television to Broadcast
World Food Prize Ceremony Live

Coverage of Laureate Ceremony Begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 16


(Johnston, Iowa) -- Iowa Public Television will provide coverage of the 22nd annual World Food Prize ceremony honoring former U.S. Senators Robert Dole and George McGovern live from the Iowa capitol Thursday, October 16 at 7 p.m. Then at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, The Iowa Journal will feature interviews with the two laureates regarding their award and their efforts to reduce world hunger. These programs will be available statewide on Iowa Public Television and IPTV HD.

This year’s $250,000 award honors former Sens. Dole and McGovern for their leadership encouraging a global commitment to school feeding and enhanced school attendance and nutrition for millions of the world’s poorest children, especially girls. The McGovern-Dole international school-feeding program was established in the United States in 2000. Since then, it has provided meals for more than 22 million children in 41 countries, and boosted school attendance by an estimated 14 percent overall, and 17 percent for girls. Throughout their political and humanitarian careers, Sens. Dole and McGovern have made the elimination of hunger at home and abroad top priorities.

The World Food Prize was founded by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Iowan Norman Borlaug. After winning the Nobel Prize in 1970 for his achievements in agricultural research, Borlaug envisioned a separate international award to recognize those who have made significant contributions to improve the world's food supply.

World Food Prize 2008 will be rebroadcast Sunday, October 19 at 3:30 p.m.

For more information about Iowa Public Television’s statewide broadcast of the ceremony, call 515-242-3146.

For immediate release:
October 13, 2008

For information contact:
Tonya Weber Dusold
Communications Manager
(515) 725-9705

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