Arizona PBS, Cronkite earn Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards

Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021


Arizona PBS and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University swept up a total of 10 Emmys® and Student Production Awards at the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences — in professional categories ranging from arts and entertainment to politics and government as well as student categories ranging from newscasts to sports.

Arizona PBS took home three Emmys®, covering a variety of magazine programs, audio production and interview content. The programs that snagged awards were “Catalyst” and “Plate and Pour.”  Watch Arizona PBS’ Emmy winning programs here.

The “2020 Arizona Senate Debate,” one of Arizona PBS’ most-viewed programs in the station’s history, won first place in the Politics/Government Content category. During the debate, the moderators — particularly Ted Simons of “Arizona Horizon” — were praised for their questions and persistence.

Students at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication earned seven Student Production Awards in six categories this year. The awards recognize the best in collegiate journalism, and since 2009, Cronkite students have won 71 Student Production Awards.

Arizona State University also won an award for Branded Content: Short Form with “Innovation at ASU.”

“I am extremely proud of the performance of the Cronkite School and Arizona PBS in the Emmys competition,” said Cronkite School Dean Battinto L. Batts Jr. “Our success is due to the work of many talented students and professionals who have dedicated themselves to the cause of journalism. It is a privilege to be able to celebrate their achievements this evening.”

“I couldn’t be prouder of the Arizona PBS team Rocky Mountain Emmy award winners,” said Adrienne Fairwell, general manager of Arizona PBS. “The award recipients, and those nominated, should be applauded as their work is a true testament to their dedication to Arizonans. This team worked hard during the pandemic of 2020 to produce content that was entertaining, educational and informative. We are very proud to be our communities’ Arizona connection.”

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.

The 44th Annual Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards were held at the Phoenician in Scottsdale. Arizona PBS and Cronkite School winners are:

Arizona PBS

Technology: Long Form Content

Catalyst: Isotopes, Migrants & Mysteries

Steve Filmer, Producer

Vanessa Ruiz, Producer

Politics/Government: Long Form Content

2020 Arizona Senate Debate

Allysa Adams, Producer

Ted Simons, Host

Lorraine Rivera, Host

Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, Host

Mike Sauceda, Producer

Laarni Fernandez Nuez, Producer

Shana Fischer, Producer

Interview/Discussion Content

Plate & Pour: Pass It On

Margery Punnett, Series Producer

Melissa Thompson, Executive Producer

Rebecca Guldberg, Producer

Mark Tarbell, Producer

Arizona State University

Branded Content: Short Form

Innovation at ASU

Joshua Belveal, director / writer / editor / motion graphics

Amy Chou, producer

Safwat Saleem, producer / writer

Cronkite School Student Production Awards


Cronkite News March 23, 2021

Angel Jimenez, Producer

Multimedia Journalist

FilmBar Saved

Tyler Manion, Reporter

Video Essay

A Mother’s Journey

Franco LaTona, Reporter

Non-Fiction Short Form

Gender Pioneer in Arizona

Tyler Manion, Reporter

Sports Story or Segment

Seated Golfer Prepares for U.S. Disabled Open

Jordan Spurgeon, Reporter

A Sunrise Prayer on Piestewa Peak

Sarandon Raboin, Reporter

Talent: News or Sports

Zachary Keenan, Reporter

By Alyssa Gomez