Nov. 8, 2010
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WPT Wins Three Midwest Emmy Awards for Vietnam Programs and News Reporting
CHICAGO – Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) was honored with three Emmy Awards from the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Saturday night for two programs related to Vietnam Veterans and news reporting on allegedly fraudulent childcare providers in Wisconsin.
Producer Mik Derks, Co-Producer Butch Soetenga, Associate Producer Tom Naunas and Executive Producer Carol Larson were awarded in the category for “Outstanding Achievement for Documentary Programs – Historic Significance” for the three-part Wisconsin Vietnam War Stories documentary. The documentary told the history of the Vietnam War through firsthand interviews with dozens of Wisconsin veterans.
Executive Producer Kathy Bissen, Producers Andy Wagner and Nicole Angel from Wide Angle Productions, Broadcast Producer John Steele and Field Producer Mik Derks were awarded in the category for “Outstanding Achievement for Special Events Programs – Edited” for the LZ Lambeau Tribute Ceremony. The television broadcast covered the May ceremony in Lambeau Field that capped off a weekend of recognition for Wisconsin’s Vietnam and Vietnam-era Veterans in Green Bay.
Producer Frederica Freyberg and Executive Producer Christine Sloan-Miller were awarded in the category for “Outstanding Achievement Within a Regularly Scheduled News Program – Specialty Report/Series: Politics/Government” for the Wisconsin Shares series on Here and Now. The three-part series covered the ongoing investigations into state childcare providers who allegedly took advantage of a state program for low-income residents.
“These awards represent the level of dedication to excellence in WPT’s production teams,” James Steinbach, WPT director of television said. “Through history documentaries, studio pieces, news reporting and field productions, WPT continues to tell Wisconsin’s stories while bringing together state residents through television and community engagement.”
WPT is a service of the Educational Communications Board and University of Wisconsin-Extension.
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