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Seattle Channel wins Emmy for Honor Totem documentary

We are pleased to announce Seattle Channel received a Northwest Regional Emmy Award for the editing of a documentary which chronicled the carving of a totem pole to honor a slain woodcarver and detailed the artistic legacy of his family.

The city-operated station was recognized Saturday, June 6 at the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Arts & Sciences’ (NATAS) Emmy Awards ceremony.

Ian Devier, Seattle Channel photographer and editor, accepted the Emmy for his editing of Honor Totem, a documentary he produced about the creation of a memorial totem pole which was carved and raised in honor of John T. Williams, a First Nations woodcarver who was fatally shot by a Seattle police officer in August 2010. The officer later resigned from the force after a review board found the shooting unjustified.

“Seattle is a city of engaged residents and Seattle Channel helps them stay connected and informed with in-depth coverage of city government, Seattle’s cultural scene and our diverse community,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “Congratulations to the station on its work and its commitment to telling stories such as Honor Totem, which followed a community carving project that became a catalyst for healing.”

Honor Totem was produced as part of Seattle Channel’s Community Stories series – which features documentaries about Seattle’s inspiring people, programs and cultural traditions.

Watch Honor Totem.

“Seattle Channel upholds the city’s commitment to open government and public engagement. The station’s broad range of inclusive programming helps bring together a diverse community around ideas and issues,” said Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee.

In the 52nd annual Northwest Emmy Awards, Seattle Channel competed against commercial and public television stations in the Northwest NATAS five-state region which includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. This year, the station received 11 Emmy-Award nominations in categories including arts/entertainment, interactivity, human interest, politics/government, documentary, writing and program host.

“Compelling content and quality production are trademarks of Seattle Channel’s programming,” said John Giamberso, Seattle Channel general manager. “I congratulate the station’s staff on their dedication to continued excellence.”