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Seattle Channel wins three regional Emmy awards

Mayor Mike McGinn today announced the Seattle Channel received three Emmy awards from the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Arts & Sciences (NATAS) on Saturday, June 2.

The city-operated cable TV station was honored for excellence in interview-format, arts and documentary programming.

“Seattle Channel’s outstanding public affairs and community programming helps connect people to their city and a diversity of viewpoints,” said McGinn. “Seattle should be proud of the station’s commitment to inform, inspire and encourage participation in community, government and cultural affairs.”

The weekly public affairs program City Inside/Out won in the interview/discussion program special category for an episode on teen sex trafficking hosted by former Seattle Channel public affairs host C.R. Douglas and produced by Susan Han with photography and editing by Matt Peterson. Watch the video.

Art Zone with Nancy Guppy produced and hosted by Nancy Guppy, produced by Sheila Mullen and shot and edited by Peggy Lycett, won in the arts/entertainment program special category. The weekly show covers Seattle’s creative scene, with fresh highlights from local arts, entertainment and cultural happenings. Watch a recent episode of Art Zone.

Community Stories – short profiles about Seattle’s inspiring people, its cultural traditions and rich histories – won in the documentary-cultural category for an episode about Dr. Ruby Inouye Shu, Seattle’s first female Japanese-American physician who opened a clinic in Japantown in the late 1940s. Peggy Lycett produced, photographed and edited the segment with freelance producer Alesia Massingale. Watch the video.

“This is an incredible recognition of the creative and outstanding staff at Seattle Channel who work hard every day to serve the residents of Seattle and provide the depth of inclusive programming that reflects the diversity of our neighborhoods,” said City Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee.

In the 49th annual Northwest Emmy’s, the channel competed against Seattle’s largest commercial stations, KING, KOMO and KIRO; as well as two of Portland’s commercial stations, KATU and KGW; and public television stations in the Northwest NATAS five-state region which includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

“Seattle Channel’s entire staff shares in these awards, which recognize the depth of talent, commitment and creativity at the station,” said John Giamberso, general manager. “It’s an honor to receive this recognition from our peers in the broadcast media.”

At the awards ceremony, Gary Gibson – former Seattle Channel general manager and city of Seattle electronic communications director – was inducted into the Silver Circle, an honor bestowed by NATAS to recognize individuals who have devoted a quarter of a century or more to the television industry and who have made significant contributions to broadcast and/or new media. Gibson, who retired from the city last year, led the Seattle Channel from 2002 to 2007 and the city’s electronic communications division from 2007 to 2011.

In 2010 and 2011, Seattle Channel received four Emmy’s. In 2010, the station was named the best government TV station in the United States by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors.