Seattle Channel is the recipient of four Northwest Regional Emmy Awards for public-affairs, arts and environmental programming and an interview special. The winning programs covered topics ranging from safe injection sites to a tribute to the vinyl music format.
The city-operated station was recognized Saturday, June 9, at the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Arts & Sciences’ (NATAS) Emmy Awards ceremony.
“From City Hall to Seattle’s vibrant neighborhoods, the Seattle Channel is a cornerstone for civic engagement,” said Mayor Jenny Durkan. “We are fortunate to have a station that provides in-depth coverage of our city and diverse communities, people and places, and that offers residents an opportunity to stay informed and engaged. I congratulate the team for this recognition, and on its dedication to excellence in local programming.”
Seattle Channel won in the public affairs program/special for a City Inside/Out episode exploring the controversy around safe injection sites where addicts can use illegal drugs under supervision. Individuals recognized for the coverage were host and producer Brian Callanan, producer Susan Han and photographer/editor Matt Peterson.
Ian Devier, producer/photographer/editor, won in the environmental feature category for a CityStream segment on Nube 9, a local company that makes athletic wear from recycled plastic bottles.
Art Zone with Nancy Guppy won in the arts/entertainment special category for a show dedicated to the vinyl music format – from its history to life-changing record stories. Individuals recognized for the special were host and senior producer Nancy Guppy, producer Sheila Mullen, director and photographer Vincent Pierce and editor Peggy Lycett.
Art Zone with Nancy Guppy also won in the interview/discussion special category for an in-depth interview with Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready. Individuals recognized for the special were host and senior producer Nancy Guppy, producer/photographer/editor Ralph Bevins and photographer/editor Peggy Lycett.
“Through its in-depth and inclusive programming, Seattle Channel reflects the city’s commitment to public engagement and transparency,” said Seattle City Council President Bruce Harrell, chair of the Governance, Equity & Technology Committee. “From public policy to community features, I applaud the station for its commitment to feature a variety of voices and perspectives.”
In the 55th annual Northwest Emmy’s, 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 12 Emmy-Award nominations in program categories including health/science, public-affairs feature, informational segment, politics/government special, editing and reporting.
“Seattle Channel is committed to producing quality content with depth and impact,” said Shannon Gee, Seattle Channel’s interim general manager. “Our public-affairs programs spark informed civic dialogue, and our arts features and community segments entertain and inspire. I’m honored to work with a team dedicated to sharing a variety of engaging programs with the residents of Seattle.”
Seattle Channel is a local TV station that reflects, informs and inspires the community it serves. Seattle Channel presents programs on cable television – channel 21 on Comcast (321 HD), Wave (721 HD) and 8003 on CenturyLink (8503 HD) – and via the internet to help residents connect with their city. Programming includes series and special features highlighting the diverse civic and cultural landscape.