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IdahoPTV's THE COLOR OF CONSCIENCE Garners Regional Edward R. Murrow Award

The Idaho Public Television documentary THE COLOR OF CONSCIENCE: HUMAN RIGHTS IN IDAHO is an Edward R. Murrow Award winner in Region 1 in the Video News Documentary category.

Regional winners, which were announced online Thursday morning, will be entered into the national competition that culminates in June. The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Region 1 includes Idaho, Montana, Washington, Oregon and Alaska.

"I think our viewers are well served by our talented staff and their commitment to exploring challenging issues in our state," says IdahoPTV General Manager Peter W. Morrill.

THE COLOR OF CONSCIENCE is an hour-long film that looks at the development of the modern human rights movement in Idaho. It features the story of a small group of concerned citizens who fought against the Aryan Nations, ultimately bankrupting the neo-Nazi supremacist group in North Idaho. The program also examines some of the current human rights issues in Idaho, such as gay rights, immigrant rights and hate crimes.

The documentary premiered on IdahoPTV in May 2011. Major funding for the program was provided by Idaho National Laboratory, The Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation, Idaho Women's Charitable Foundation and the Idaho Public Television Endowment.

Idaho Public Television, a statewide public television system, garnered three previous regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. The first was in 2000 for AERIAL TAPESTRY in the Writing category. The second was in 2006 for OUTDOOR IDAHO "Silver Valley Rising" and the third was in 2009 for BARBARA MORGAN: NO LIMITS; both awards were in the Video News Documentary category.