Sandra Herbert, BBC Radio Leicester's religious producer,
scooped a major award at this year's Muslim News awards.
The Excellence in Media award was one of 15 given to Muslims and non-Muslims
for their contribution to the arts, science, education and community
Sandra has been working with Muslim students in Leicester producing
radio features including a four part series called Myths About Muslims.
This series won numerous awards including the 2003 Race in Media Award
and the Sandford St Martin Religious Radio Award.
Leicester students Hamza Vayani, Nisa Khan and Abdul Sattar were all
involved in making the programmes which examined the prejudices that
many people have about Islam.
Another Muslim student, Hajar Javaheri from Peterborough, spent time
with Sandra producing a series looking at sacrifice across different
faiths for which she also received a national award.
Sandra consistently works to ensure that programmes on BBC Radio Leicester
are diverse and she has run training sessions for Muslim women for the
daily Thought for the Day slot.
Sandra said: "I am delighted to be recognised for my work in
this area and I'm convinced that young people of faith need to have
their voices heard.
"In the present climate of negative media coverage given to Muslims,
extra effort is needed to build positive relationships and to include
all voices in the community.
"The programmes, although hard work, were great fun too and they
show what can be done on BBC local radio with the co-operation of the
community and the enthusiasm of youth."
The award ceremony was held in London and the 500 guests included British
and foreign dignitaries, politicians, community leaders, Muslims and
Sandra's award was presented to her by Liberal Democrat MP Menzies