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Arizona PBS, Cronkite Earn 35 Nominations for Emmy and Student Production Awards

August 19, 2020

AZPBS

By Lisa Diethelm

Arizona PBS received 19 nominations from the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the most nominations the media organization has received in a single year since 2013.

Arizona PBS took home nominations in 15 categories, covering a variety of program specials, audio production and program hosts. Four shows received nominations, including “Plate & Pour,” “Art in the 48,” “Arizona Horizon” and “Catalyst.”

“Plate & Pour'' received seven Rocky Mountain Emmy nominations, while “Catalyst” received three and “Arizonan Horizon” received one. “Art in the 48” was nominated for two Rocky Mountain Emmys in its first season. “Plate & Pour” and “Catalyst” had similar recognition during last year’s awards, when they first aired.

“Bred for This” also earned an Emmy nomination. The interstitial on Arizona PBS celebrated Black History Month by sharing Black experiences within the community.

The Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honors the art and science of individuals working in television with Emmy awards, and covers the regions of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and southeastern California.

Students at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication also received 16 Student Production Award nominations this year. The awards recognize the best in collegiate and high school journalism, and since 2009, Cronkite students have won 49 Student Production Awards, the most out of any school in the region.

Julia Wallace, the interim general manager at Arizona PBS, said the nominations highlight the relationship between journalists and student journalists at the Cronkite School.

“This shows the power of Arizona PBS, talented professionals and amazing students working side-by-side to produce award-winning work. Every day, we work hard to do the best for our audiences,” Wallace said.

Arizona PBS is based in the Cronkite School.

Last year, Arizona PBS won five regional Emmys. “Plate & Pour” and “Catalyst” were also among last year’s winners.

Below is a list of the Arizona PBS Emmy nominations. The winners will be announced Sept. 19, marking the 42nd Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards.

Arts/Entertainment
“The Creators” (Art in the 48)
Melissa Thompson, Executive Producer
Shana Fischer, Executive Producer
Jay Conner, Segment Producer
Alberto Rios, Host

Education/Schools
“Hero Material: The Making Of Power Play 2019”
Grace Clark, Producer

Environment
“Urban Heat Island” (Catalyst)
Grace Clark, Producer
Steve Filmer, Producer
Vanessa Ruiz, Producer
Craig Johnson, Producer
Jakob Wastek, Producer
Jim Tuttle, Producer

Historic/Cultural
“Vintage Valley” (Plate & Pour)
Melissa Thompson, Executive Producer
Rebecca Guldberg, Producer
Margery Punnett, Series Producer
Mark Tarbell, Host
Jody Gottlieb, Senior Executive Produce

Politics/Government
Arizona Horizon “Impeachment Special”
Allysa Adams, Producer
Ted Simons, Host
Mike Sauceda, Producer

Informational/Instructional
“The Gatherers” (Plate & Pour)
Melissa Thompson, Executive Producer
Rebecca Guldberg, Producer
Margery Punnett, Series Producer
Alicia Longo, Producer
Mark Tarbell, Host

“Western Whiskey” (Plate & Pour)
Melissa Thompson, Executive Producer
Margery Punnett, Series Producer
Rebecca Guldberg, Producer
Mark Tarbell, Host
Jody Gottlieb, Senior Executive Producer

Interview/Discussion
“The Pioneers” (Plate & Pour)
Melissa Thompson, Executive Producer
Rebecca Guldberg, Producer
Margery Punnett, Series Producer
Mark Tarbell, Host
Jody Gottlieb, Senior Executive Producer

Magazine Program - Feature/Segment
“Cruising By Barrio Cafe” (Plate & Pour)
Rebecca Guldberg, Producer

Magazine Program - Program/Special or Series
“Lighting The Way” (Art in the 48)
Melissa Thompson, Executive Producer
Shana Fischer, Executive Producer
Alberto Rios, Host
Jay Conner, Segment Producer

Special Event Coverage
“NASA's Orion Parachute Test” (Catalyst)
Arizona PBS
Grace Clark, Producer
Steve Filmer, Producer
Vanessa Ruiz, Producer
Jim Tuttle, Producer
Craig Johnson, Producer
Jordan Elder, Producer

Interstitial
“Bred For This” (A celebration of Black History Month)
Ebonye Delaney, Producer
Nakia Christian, Producer
Curt Pair, Director Of Photographer

Audio - Live or Post Production
"Only In Sleep" by Ēriks Ešenvalds
Alex Kosiorek, Senior Audio Engineer

Verdi: Messa Da Requiem
Alex Kosiorek, Senior Audio Engineer

“Harp of Nerves” by Hilary Purrington
Alex Kosiorek, Senior Audio Engineer
Melanie Montgomery, Assistant Audio Engineer

Editor - Program (Non-news)
Plate & Pour: “Barrio Cafe”
Rodolfo Romo, Editor

Editor - Short Form
Timothy Larsen, Editor

Talent - Performer/Narrator
Vanessa Ruiz, narrator for “Catalyst”
Vanessa Ruiz, Narrator

Mark Tarbell, host of “Plate & Pour”
Mark Tarbell, Host