America's Public Television Stations Feb. 27 presented the Champion of Public Broadcasting Award to Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine.

A senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Collins has been a longtime supporter of federal funding for public television.

"Public broadcasting provides a valuable public service to communities throughout the State of Maine and our nation," Collins said on receiving the award. "I am honored to receive the Champion of Public Broadcasting Award, and I thank America's Public Television Stations for all that they do to ensure that communities across the country have access to the valued children's educational content, in-depth news programming, and vast world of arts and culture through public broadcasting."

Collins has long supported investments that benefit public television. In 2014, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting honored her with the Thought Leader Award for her work to secure funding for public broadcasting.