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WPSU Penn State earns seven Mid-Atlantic Emmy nominations

"Science-U: Backwash" and WPSU Penn State producer/director Kristian Berg earned a Mid-Atlantic Emmy nomination. Credit: WPSU Penn State / Penn StateCreative Commons

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – WPSU Penn State has earned seven Mid-Atlantic Emmy nominations for excellence in television programming and individual achievement from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.  

In all, 12 WPSU individuals were recognized through five production and two individual achievement categories. The 2016 regional Emmy winners will be announced Saturday, Sept. 24, during an awards gala at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.

“This recognition is a testament to the station’s commitment in developing impactful programming for our local communities,” said Kate Domico, WPSU Penn State executive director. “We’re honored to receive this acknowledgment from our peers.”

WPSU Penn State has captured 19 Mid-Atlantic Emmy awards since the chapter’s formation in 1981. The Mid-Atlantic region represents Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The full list of WPSU Penn State nominees, by category, includes:

Arts Program/Special: “Music Theatre Spotlight 2015”
Jeff Hughes, producer/director; Michael Klein, audio mixer

“Music Theatre Spotlight” showcased the Penn State musical theatre program’s senior class during a special broadcast on WPSU-TV.

Children/Youth/Teen (19 and under) Program or Special: "Science-U: Backwash"
Kristian Berg, producer/director

The “Science-U” series is an on-going collaboration between WPSU Penn State and the Eberly College of Science aimed at exciting children about science through hands-on experiments. During the “Backwash” episode, campers tested the bacteria levels in milk when drinking from the carton and a glass.

Education/Schools – Program/Special: "You Can’t Say That"
Jeff Hughes, executive producer; Lindsey Whissel Fenton, producer

“You Can’t Say That” documented Penn State students’ interactions – prompted from Dr. Sam Richards and Dr. Laurie Mulvey unique approaches to diversity instruction – during the University’s popular race and ethnic relations sociology class.

Human Interest Program/Special: "Holding History: The Collections of Charles L. Blockson"
Cheraine Stanford, producer/director; Cole Cullen, writer

“Holding History: The Collections of Charles L. Blockson” told the story of historian and bibliophile Charles Blockson’s lifelong journey to unearth and preserve the history, culture and contributions of people of African descent.

Sports – Program/Series: “Penn State Basketball: In the Paint”
Don Hampton, senior producer/director; John Wagner, producer; Matt Wilson, videographer/editor; Austin Lederman, associate producer; Jordan Huffman, editor/videographer

“Penn State Basketball: In the Paint” followed the Penn State men’s basketball team during the 2015-16 season and provided in-depth features, behind-the-scenes access and highlights.

Individual Achievement nominees (2):
Cole Cullen, editor – program
“Holding History: The Collections of Charles L. Blockson”
“Pennsylvania Legends and Lore: Ghosts of the Commonwealth”

Mark Stitzer, photographer – program
“Pennsylvania Legends and Lore: Ghosts of the Commonwealth”

Credit: WPSU Penn State / Penn StateCreative Commons

Last Updated August 11, 2016