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'Reading Rainbow' host LeVar Burton to accept Tufts award

Posted by Matt Byrne  January 27, 2012 10:04 AM

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LeVar Burton, longtime host of PBS kids series "Reading Rainbow," will be honored by Tufts University with the Eliot-Pearson Award for Excellence in Children's Media, the university said.

The award is a collaboration between the university's departments of communications and media, and child development, and is given to innovators of diverse, non-violent media.

"LeVar Burton is a natural choice as he is a true children's literary expert," said Julie Dobrow, director of the communications and media studies program, in a statement.

"Through his exceptional career he has helped to promote reading comprehension in elementary- school-age children through the medium of television."

Burton has spent 26 years hosting the show, which has helped foster a generation of readers in America. And who can forget his dramatic turns as Geordi LaForge in "Star Trek," and as Kunta Kinte in "Roots."

This year "Reading Rainbow" will continue its mission with emphasis on new media.

Burton is expected to accept the award Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. in the Distler Performance Hall. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

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