You Can’t Spell Peabodys Without PBS

The finalists for the 79th Peabody Awards were announced Wednesday and PBS led the pack with 11 nominations. The Peabody Awards Board of Jurors selected 60 nominees they believe represent the most compelling and empowering stories released in broadcasting and digital media during 2019. The PBS shows that earned nominations were FRONTLINE, POV, INDEPENDENT LENS and the children’s program MOLLY OF DENALI.

The awards ceremony was scheduled for June 19 in Los Angeles but has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Peabody Awards were founded in 1940 and are based at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

UNC-TV Wins Again!

What were you doing over the weekend? Turns out some folks here at UNC-TV were out winning Emmys!

UNC-TV was awarded three Emmy Awards at the 34th Mid-South Regional Emmy Awards. The event was held Saturday in Nashville. Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone here at your North Carolina Public Media who helped make these accolades possible.

Here are the UNC-TV awards:


The Black Light Project, UNC-TV, Jonathan Steve, Duran Arriola, Dan Powers


MUSE(Season 2), UNCTV, Morgan Potts, Katy M. Loebrich, Jonathan Steve Duran Arriola, Amy Meiggs, Robert Gunter, Nathan Shepherd, Dan Powers, Galen Black


The Foundation Skatepark, UNC-TV, Jonathan Jonathan Steve Duran Arriola, Robert Gunter, Brooks Bennett

Where Do I Know That Actor? (Emmy Edition)

Nominations for the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards were announced last week and, while PBS only scored one nod (ANTIQUES ROADSHOW for Outstanding Structured Reality Program), several actors recognizable from shows we’ve aired on UNC-TV got some appreciation. While public broadcasting can’t take the win should any of these fine thespians take home a statue, viewers can take heart in the knowledge that the people cast in shows on our channels are pretty impressive at their craft.

Let’s see who earned recognition this year from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences…

Olivia Colman is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in the Amazon series Fleabag. That increases the potential for an absolutely stellar year for this talented performer since she won an Oscar in February. While UNC-TV viewers may recognize her from guest roles on Doctor Who and Midsomer Murders, it’s far more likely she’s known for playing Madame Thénardier in Les Misérables on Masterpiece.

Rufus Sewell is nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, another Amazon series. Sewell played Will Ladislaw in Middlemarch on Masterpiece Theatre and Aurelio Zen on Masterpiece Mystery. Most recently, he was Lord Melbourne in Victoria. Continue reading

PBS Wins Daytime Emmys

Congratulations to PBS and PBS Kids! On May 5, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners of the 2019 Daytime Emmy Awards and public broadcasting programs won a total of  seven Daytime Emmys.

Here are the deserving Emmy winners…


-Outstanding Lifestyle Program


-Outstanding Preschool Children’s Animated Series


-Outstanding Children’s or Family Viewing Series Continue reading

Good Work, Mr. Peabody!

Earlier this month, winners of the 78th Annual Peabody Awards were announced. Unsurprisingly, PBS programs were winners in several categories. The Peabody Awards honor the most compelling and empowering stories released in broadcasting and digital media. Congratulations to all the deserving Peabody recipients!

Here are the PBS Peabody winners…


Documentary Winners

AMERICAN MASTERS “Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart”  (Co-produced by ITVS)

FRONTLINE “The Facebook Dilemma”


INDEPENDENT LENS “The Judge” (Co-produced by ITVS)


POV “Minding the Gap” (Co-produced by ITVS)

POV “The Apology”


News Winners

FRONTLINE “Separated: Children at the Border”

PBS NewsHour “The Plastic Problem”


Radio/Podcast Finalist

PBS NewsHour “Kept Out”

PBS Kids Win Again

If you’ve never heard of the Kidscreen Awards, you’re probably not alone. However, it shouldn’t surprise you to learn that PBS received three of them. The Kidscreen Awards, which celebrate the year’s best in children’s media, were handed out February 12 during the Kidscreen Summit in Miami.

PBS was awarded Channel of the Year, Best Website (Preschool) and Best Game App (for PBS KIDS Games). This is the fifth time PBS KIDS has been named Channel of the Year since the award’s inception in 2011.

Additionally, PBS KIDS producers took home three awards:

Best Non-Animated or Mixed Series
Fred Rogers Productions, Sinking Ship Entertainment

Best in Class
Fred Rogers Productions, Sinking Ship Entertainment

Best Website,Kids
PBS KIDS, Fred Rogers Productions, Sinking Ship Entertainment

Congratulations to all the PBS KIDS recipients on their well-deserved 2019 Kidscreen Awards.

Yay, Us!

UNC-TV won six regional Emmys at the 33rd Midsouth Emmy Awards held February 16 in Nashville. Congratulations to all of the talented people who worked on these programs and who help make UNC-TV shine on a daily basis.

Here is a list of the UNC-TV winners…


Edwin Gil/Upcycled Glass, UNC-TV, Jonathan Steve Duran Arriola


MUSE 126, UNC-TV, Katy M. Loebrich, Jonathan Steve Duran Arriola, Morgan Potts


Hobey Ford: Puppeteer, UNCTV, Morgan Potts


My Home, North Carolina, UNC-TV, Heather Burgiss, Miriam McSpadden, Jonathan Steve Duran Arriola, Nathan Shepherd, Amy Meiggs, Galen Black


Middle School Science Animations, UNC-TV, Galen Black, Paula Edelson, Melissa Salpietra


A Little Weather, UNC-TV, Morgan Potts

Who Do You Trust?

The following is from a PBS Press Release, dated February 2nd of this year. I could easily paraphrase but why bother when this lays it out so nicely.

For the 16th consecutive year, PBS and its member stations have been named #1 in public trust among American institutions in a nationwide annual survey. According to the findings released today, Americans rank PBS as more trustworthy than institutions such as courts of law, the federal government and Congress, as well as media sources such as digital platforms, commercial broadcast and cable television, newspapers and social media. Respondents also said that PBS was their most trusted source of news and public affairs programming. Continue reading

Up Front

I received this email from the folks at FRONTLINE and wanted to pass it along in full. (You can sign up to receive messages like this from PBS’ premier documentary series at the FRONTLINE website.) The program has won numerous Emmy and Peabody Awards and continues to be a model for investigative journalism but this new accolade just seems particularly noteworthy.

Dear FRONTLINE Community,

I’m writing to share some good news with you. 

Today, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards announced that FRONTLINE has received its highest honor, the Gold Baton — an award that hasn’t been given in a decade. In a recognition of our work across multiple platforms, the duPonts’ citation praised us for a year of varied reporting and for being a “a standard-bearer and innovator.” Continue reading

And The Winner Is…

Once again, PBS receives a few accolades of note as PBS programs were honored with seven News & Documentary Emmy® Awards, more than any other organization. The 39th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards were presented on October 1 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City.

PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger said, “Audiences are hungry for high-quality programs that bring light to the pressing issues of our day. PBS continues to be a trusted beacon of education and inspiration for all Americans.”

The PBS’ News & Documentary Emmy® Award winners are:

Outstanding Science and Technology Documentary

FRONTLINE “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”
Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary Continue reading