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Iowa Public Television to Broadcast World Food Prize Ceremony Live Thursday, October 15 at 7 p.m.

October 8, 2009

(Johnston, Iowa)  -- Iowa Public Television will provide coverage of the 23rd annual World Food Prize ceremony, live from the Iowa capitol Thursday, October 15 at 7 p.m. 

This year’s $250,000 award honors Dr.Gebisa Ejeta, of Ethiopia, for his work to develop a drought-tolerant and disease-resistant sorghum plant that can grow and survive in sub-Saharan Africa. The grain is used to feed, among others, millions of Sudanese in Africa. Iowa Public Television will also cover the World Food Prize and its importance on several other programs.

The Iowa Journal, airing immediately following the Ceremony coverage, will feature an interview with this year’s laureate regarding his award and his efforts to enhance the food supply to hundreds of millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa. The Iowa Journal can be seen Thursday at 8 p.m. and Friday at 6:30 p.m. on Iowa Public Television, and Saturday at 8:30 a.m. on IPTV WORLD.  Also shown, will be excerpts of some of the presenters at the World Food Prize Symposium.

Market to Market will cover the World Food Prize and related events during its broadcast Friday at 8 p.m., including coverage of World Food Prize Symposium sessions. This program will be rebroadcast Saturday at 8 a.m. on IPTV WORLD, and Sunday at noon on IPTV.

Intelligent Talk Television, Iowa Public Television’s series of notable lectures and presentations from around Iowa, will feature several related programs on IPTV WORLD in November on several Sundays at 9 p.m.:

  • November 1: remarks from this year’s World Food Prize winner Dr. Ejeta.
  • November 8: World Food Prize remarks from Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo.
  • November 15: Remarks from the World Food Prize Symposium by the CEO of the DuPont Company, Ellen Kullman.
  • November 22: Bill Gates’ remarks at the World Food Prize

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.

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

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Iowa Public Television is Iowa's statewide public broadcasting network. IPTV provides quality, noncommercial programming to make a difference in the lives of Iowans. As one of the last locally controlled media enterprises in the state, IPTV is committed to telling Iowa's stories like no one else can. Our mission to educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans enables IPTV to present an unequaled array of programs of lasting value to Iowans regardless of where they live or what they can afford. More than one million viewers a week turn to IPTV for programming that reflects a range of interests for Iowans in all demographic categories. Iowa Public Television stations include: Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; Channel 36, Red Oak.

For immediate release:
October 8, 2009

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

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