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WPSU Penn State garners seven Mid-Atlantic Emmy nominations

"Science-U Oobleck!" earned a Mid-Atlantic Emmy nomination from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.  Credit: WPSU Penn State / Penn StateCreative Commons

WPSU Penn State has earned seven Mid-Atlantic Emmy nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The regional awards recognize local productions for excellence in television programming and individual achievement.

WPSU Penn State nominees include photographer Mark Stitzer — last year’s Mid-Atlantic Emmy winner for individual achievement in program photography — and the Telly Award-winning production “Connected for Life” (Mindy McMahon, producer; Kristian Berg, director/writer).

The Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award recipients will be announced Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Philadelphia Hilton. The Mid-Atlantic chapter, which was formed in 1981, represents Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and parts of both Ohio and West Virginia.

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

Children/Youth/Teen (19 and under) – Program or Special: “Science-U Oobleck!”Kristian Berg, writer/producer/director

A collaboration between WPSU Penn State and the University’s Eberly College of Science, the “Science-U” series features campers exploring science mysteries with do-it-yourself experiments. In “Science-U Oobleck!” campers encounter a non-Newtonian solution of water and corn starch particles that changes its state of matter under pressure.

Commercial – Single Spot: “Connected for Life”Mindy McMahon, producer; Kristian Berg, director/writer

WPSU Penn State produced a national commercial featuring an animated Nittany Lion shrine that comes to life.

Community Service: “Our Town” ProjectGreg Petersen, executive producer

The “Our Town” project involves the communities and residents within the WPSU-TV coverage area and allows viewers to experience the many personalities, perspectives and possibilities that local towns offer.

Historic/Cultural Program/Special: “As Long As We Dance”Cheraine Stanford, producer/director/writer

“As Long As We Dance” is a 30-minute documentary that showcases the stories of American Indian dancers, drummers, vendors and organizers who participated in a State College-based powwow.

Sports – Program Feature/Segment: “Courtside with Coquese Pink Zone Feature”Bill Amin, executive producer; Topher Yorks, lead producer/director/writer; DaVita Raechelle Miles, producer/editor; Mark Eaton, editor; Matt Stephens, videographer; Clint Yoder, field audio; Mickey Klein, audio mix

An inside look at the Penn State women’s basketball team, “Courtside with Coquese Pink Zone Feature” shares the story of one breast cancer survivor’s fight and recovery. The annual Pink Zone event welcomes breast cancer survivors to help raise awareness for the disease.

Photographer-Program: Mark Stitzer

Stitzer, who has been recognized with two Mid-Atlantic Emmys and seven Telly Awards, works at WPSU Penn State as a director of photography and editor. Last year Stitzer garnered a Mid-Atlantic Emmy for his work on “Water Blues, Green Solutions.”

Weather – News Single Story or Series: “WeatherWhys”Marisa Ferger, producer/editor; Jon Nese, writer/producer

An educational series that appears on “Weather World,” “WeatherWhys” highlights timely topics in meteorology and related environmental and astronomical sciences. The series, which airs on WPSU-TV, submitted four features: "Disaster on Everest," "Wildfires and Pennsylvania," "125th Anniversary of the Johnstown Flood," and "Coldest Place on Earth."

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Last Updated August 13, 2015