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Seattle Channel wins best government TV station in nation

Seattle Channel is honored to have been named the best municipal television station in the nation. We received the prestigious Excellence in Government Programming award from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) at the group’s annual meeting held in New Orleans, La., over the weekend.

Additionally, the channel won 34 programming awards and honorable mentions for a variety of news, arts and community coverage and swept three categories: sports programming, ethnic experience and arts and entertainment.

“The Seattle Channel does a great job supporting Seattle’s values of public engagement and government transparency,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. “The station is committed to helping residents connect with their local government and their community through in-depth public affairs coverage, entertaining arts features and inspiring stories about our community. I congratulate them on their continued excellence.”

This is Seattle Channel’s fourth NATOA win in six years for station excellence. The station was recognized with the top government programming award in 2007, 2008 and 2010. Programs that won first -place awards include the weekly magazine show CityStream, the public-affairs program City Inside/Out with Brian Callanan and the documentary series Community Stories. See a complete listing of the awards with links to video below.

“Seattleites can be proud to call the Seattle Channel the best public government channel in the country. The station continually demonstrates excellence in programming and tells inclusive stories that represent Seattle’s diverse culture and neighborhoods,” said City Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee. “These achievements are a reflection of the incredible staff at Seattle Channel who work hard every day to serve the residents of Seattle.”

NATOA honors excellence in broadcast, cable, multimedia and electronic programming produced by local government agencies. This year, NATOA received more than 650 entries submitted by local governments across the country and Canada.

“I’m proud of the Seattle Channel team and its commitment to inform, inspire and help build stronger communities,” said John Giamberso, the station’s general manager. “It’s truly an honor to receive this recognition from our peers in local government.”

Other recent Seattle Channel awards include three regional Emmy awards in 2012 and four Emmy awards each in 2011 and 2010.

Here is a listing of Seattle Channel’s 2012 NATOA awards:

Excellence in Government Programming

Community Event Coverage
Honorable Mention: John T. Williams Totem Pole Raising Ceremony

Sports Programming
First Place: O2 Program
Second Place: HP3 Challenge
Third Place: Lawn Bowling

News Series
Honorable Mention: City Inside/Out: Compilation

Magazine Format Series
First Place: CityStream
Honorable Mention: CityStream Compilation

Children/Young Adults
First Place: Robotics Club
Second Place: YouthCAN

Interview/Talk Show
First Place: City Inside/Out: Seattle’s Homeless
Third Place: Seattle Voices
Honorable Mention: Book Lust with Nancy Pearl

Election Coverage
First Place: City Inside/Out: Initiatives 1125 & 1183

Ethnic Experience
First Place: Nisei Veterans Hall Dances
Second Place: Capoeira, Knowledge that Never Ends
Third Place: Fleur de Lis

Special Audience
Honorable Mention: Vision Lost Connections

Arts and Entertainment
First Place: Angela Sterling
Second Place: Historic Theatre District
Third Place: Glenn Case, Muralist
Honorable Mention: Art Zone with Nancy Guppy

Public Health
Second Place: Childhood Obesity
Second Place (tie): Teen Prostitution

Public Safety
Third Place: Bike Cops
Honorable Mention: Crime Hot Spots

Documentary Profile
Honorable Mention: Community Stories: Dr. Ruby

Documentary Social Issues
First Place: Community Stories: Healing a Soldier’s Heart

Public Education
First Place: World’s Fair 50th Anniversary Preview
Second Place: Green Roofs
Honorable Mention: Pioneer Square Update

Community Awareness
Second Place: Camp to Belong
Honorable Mention: Storefronts Seattle

Best of Videography
First Place: Lawn Bowling
Third Place: CityStream