And The Award Goes To…

It’s no secret that public broadcasting has some pretty high quality programming. And, quite often, the shows that you see on UNC-TV earn not only critical praise but actual bona fide awards from serious award sources! So if you’ll indulge me – here are a few recent accolades tossed in the direction of public television.

The James Beard Media Awards are given annually by the James Beard Foundation and are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America. The 2018 James Beard Media Awards were announced on Friday, April 27, and PBS and member station programs were awarded three Broadcast Media Awards in the following categories:.

Special (on TV or Web) – Lidia Celebrates America: Homegrown Heroes

Television Segment – PBS NewsHour

Outstanding Personality/Host – Pati Jinich, Pati’s Mexican Table

On Sunday, April 29, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced winners of the Daytime Emmy® Awards. PBS won a Daytime Creative Arts Emmy® Award for A CHEF’S LIFE. In addition, American Public Television received two wins. Public media’s Daytime Emmy® winners are:

Outstanding Culinary Program – A Chef’s Life

Outstanding Culinary Host – Lidia Bastianich, Lidia’s Kitchen

Outstanding Directing in a Multi-Camera Lifestyle/Culinary/Travel or Educational and Informational Program – Milk Street

On Tuesday, April 24, winners of the 22nd annual Webby Awards were announced (the Webbys honor excellence on the internet and are presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences) and PBS, PBS Digital, PBS KIDS and PBS producers were honored with a total of seven awards…

Mobile Sites & Apps (Features): Best Streaming Video – PBS Kids Video App

Film & Video (Video Channels & Networks): Science & Education – What’s Good

Film & Video (Video Channels & Networks): Web Personality- Dianna Cowern – Physics Girl (PBS Digital Studios)

Websites (General): News & Politics – PBS Newshour 

Social (Content & Marketing): News & Information – Frontline

Podcasts & Digital Audio (General): Documentary – The Frontline Dispatch

Podcasts & Digital Audio (General): Arts & Culture – Masterpiece Studio

In April, the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication announced winners for the 77th Annual Peabody Awards for the best in electronic media for 2017. Here’s a list of the PBS Peabody winners…

Documentary Winner – American Experience “Oklahoma City”

Documentary Winner – American Masters “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise”

Documentary Winner – POV “Last Men In Aleppo”

Documentary Winner – Independent Lens “Newtown”

Documentary Winner – POV “The Islands and the Whales”

News Winner – PBS Newshour “Inside Putin’s Russia”

Congratulations to all the programs, people and producers who earned these prestigious honors. I’m sure there will be more in the future.