APH News & Press

Local Voice Wins National Recognition

News Release: Louisville, Kentucky, June 6, 2003

Barry Bernson is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Alexander Scourby Award. A narrator in the studios of the American Printing House for the Blind for 25 years, Bernson will be recognized for his excellence in the narration of non-fiction Talking Books. The awards ceremony will be held at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden, in New York City, on June 9.

The Alexander Scourby Award will be presented by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB). The AFB is a nonprofit organization working to eliminate inequalities for Americans who are blind or visually impaired. The annual narration awards started in 1986 in memory of Alexander Scourby. Scourby recorded for the Talking Books program for nearly 50 years and was the AFB’s most popular narrator. Talking Books is a program of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), a division of the Library of Congress.

Bernson majored in journalism at the University of Iowa. Later he became involved in television covering human interest feature stories and the morning news. For the past 18 years Bernson has worked for WHAS-11 and is currently the co-anchor of Louisville’s top-rated noon news program. Though Bernson has won multiple Emmy and "best feature" awards for his news work, the Alexander Scourby Award for his non-fiction narration remains "an amazing honor". Bernson has recorded over 300 titles throughout his Talking Books narration career at APH.

The mission of the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), founded in 1858, is to promote the independence of blind and visually impaired persons by providing specialized materials, products, and services needed for education and life. APH is the world’s largest company devoted solely to this purpose, as well as the oldest institution of its kind in the US.

Contact Leigh Miller for more information. 1 -800-223-1839 ext. 457

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