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“Champions of Rural America” featuring members of the Western Caucus wins Two Telly Awards


On May 21, 2024, the fifth episode of the T.V. show “Champions of Rural America” co-produced by RFD-TV and the Western Caucus Foundation won two Telly Awards. The episode won Gold in the Political & Commentary category for general television and Silver in the Government Relations category for general television.


This episode, “U.S. Immigration Policies,” features the recent Western Caucus Field Tour to the U.S./ Mexican Border near Sierra Valley, Arizona with 11 members of the House of Representatives. Topics include the environmental implications of the current immigration crisis and the impacts on farmers and ranchers on the U.S. border. It is the second episode of Season 2.

The Telly Awards were founded in 1979 to recognize and celebrate an array of video content. There were more than 12,000 entries globally for the 2022-2024 eligibility cycle.


“Champions of Rural America” features high-level discussions with leaders from the Congressional and Senate Western Caucuses and policy influencers who understand the vital role that rural communities play in the fabric of the nation. Each episode delves into the complex landscape that is Washington D.C.; where a group of U.S. Representatives and Senators are working to convey the realities faced by rural Americans and educate their big city peers who favor metropolitan and coastal agendas.

Host Christina Loren says, “It is a tremendous honor to work with those who genuinely care about making a positive difference for rural America. Every single member of the Western Caucus is a true champion.”


“The Western Caucus Foundation would like to dedicate these awards to Patrick Gottsch, Founder of RFD-TV,” says Darrell Henry, Executive Director of the Western Caucus Foundation. “Gottsch sadly and unexpectedly passed away on Saturday, May 18. He was the true champion of rural America, dedicating his life to bridging the rural-urban divide, providing resources and information for the agriculture industry, and making it more accessible than ever to watch rodeos live.”

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