UNITED NATIONS -- Entertainer Kenny Rogers today announced winners of the 1982 World Hunger Media Awards with recipients receiving $100,000 for their contributions in stimulating interest in the global hunger problem.
The six $10,000 winners announced in ceremonies at the United Nations included television producer Gene Reynolds of the 'Lou Grant' series and producers of the PBS documentary 'Edge of Survival.'
The $10,000 prize for best newspaper coverage went to New York Times reporter Ann Crittenden for her 17-part series 'A World to Feed,' and Kent Kobersteen of the Minneapolis Tribune won the $10,000 prize in photojournalism for his piece titled, 'Global Poverty -- The Darkening Future.'
Editor Gary Gunderson and associate editor Tom Peterson of the magazine Seeds shared $10,000 in the best magazine coverage category for the February 1982 issue on women and world hunger.
Best book co-winners were Frances Moore Lappe, author of 'Diet for a Small Planet,' and Dr. John R.K. Robson, author of 'Famine: Its Causes, Effects and Management.'
The best film, 'Edge of Survival' which aired on PBS and WNET, was produced by Leigh Wharton, Wharton International Films and Barbara Gordon.
Reynolds was honored for his writing and direction in the 'Lou Grant' episode 'Hunger.'
Honorable mentions and winners of $5,000 each in the TV coverage category were Bill Elder of WWL-TV News in New Orleans for his five-part series, 'Haiti, See Why They Run;' and Atlanta WTBS producer-writer Scott Ferguson for the documentary, 'New Dust Bowl Blues.'
Honorable mentions and $5,000 winners in the best newspaper coverage category went to Richard Harley of the Christian Science Monitor for 'outstanding and continuous coverage' of world hunger; and Charles Anzalone of the Binghampton, N.Y., Sun-Bulletin for 'Hard Times,' a series on local poverty in Broome County, N.Y.
Rogers also announced a special Achievement Award of $20,000 to establish two Congressional fellowships in memory of the late singer-songwriter Harry Chapin, a tireless worker in efforts to eliminate world hunger.
The fellowships, one in the House of Representatives and the other in the U.S. Senate, will focus on issues relevant to the elimination of world hunger.
The awards, established in March 1982 by Rogers and his wife, Marianne, honors those members of the media who have made the most significant contribution in bringing public attention to the issue of world hunger. The Rogers have made a $1 million pledge to fund the awards for 10 years.