Terry Clifford and Tom Thomas have played central roles in the creation, growth, and long-term success of America's public radio service.|
They have shaped national policies — in Congress, at federal agencies, and at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and
National Public Radio. They have advanced strategic
thinking about public radio's programming, funding, technology, and public service
mission. They have launched four national organizations that serve public radio and helped establish many new
stations throughout the country. They advise the field's leading local
They have authored comprehensive studies of public radio's listeners and programming, an overview of strategies for system expansion, and
The Public Radio Legal Handbook. As founding executives of the National Federation
of Community Broadcasters, they established community-based radio and stations operated by people of color as integral contributors to public radio's overall service.
Their work has been recognized by CPB's Edward R. Murrow Award, America's highest public radio honor, CPB's first Distinguished Service Award, NPR's Elson Award for Distiguished Service and Latinos in Public Radio's Lifetime Achievement Award.