This August, Arizona PBS received 19 Emmy® nominations from the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. It’s the most we’ve received in a single year in the past decade, and eight of these nominees won!
As a public broadcaster, Arizona PBS exists as a public square: a space for conversation, education and civil discourse. We connect our audience to the world around them. Nominations like these affirm that as we serve our communities, we’re also creating programs that are among the best of our industry peers.
None of this great local content would be possible without the support of our viewers. Everything we create, any excellence we achieve, can be traced directly to your generous support of Arizona PBS.
Please enjoy the Emmy-nominated programs on this page, and consider supporting Arizona PBS to help make possible the programs that might be next year’s award recipients. Thank you for believing in us.
“Art in the 48”
“Art in the 48” puts local artists and arts organizations in the spotlight. The show premiered last fall, and we’re thrilled that the series earned two Emmy® nominations for its very first season — one of them for its very first episode.
“The Creators” — Arts / Entertainment
“Lighting the Way” — Magazine Program 🏆
“Plate & Pour”
“Plate & Pour,” which explores Arizona’s food and restaurant scene, won two Emmy® Awards in 2019 for its first season. Host Mark Tarbell is a Phoenix chef and restaurateur who brings viewers into the kitchen and behind the bar.
“Cruising by Barrio Cafe” — Feature / Segment 🏆
“The Gatherers” — Informational / Instructional 🏆
“The Pioneers” — Interview / Discussion
“Vintage Valley” — Historical / Cultural
“Western Whiskey” — Historical / Cultural
Mark Tarbell — Talent, Performer / Narrator 🏆
“Bred for This” — Interstitial 🏆
“Hero Material: The Making of Power Play 2019” — Education/Schools
Timothy Larsen — Editor, Short Form
Rodolfo Romo — Editor, Program (Non-news)
Produced by advanced journalism students at ASU’s Cronkite School, “Catalyst” explores groundbreaking science being done by researchers at Arizona State. “Catalyst” also received an Emmy® in 2019 for an episode from its very first season.
“NASA’s Orion Parachute Test” — Special Event Coverage 🏆
“Urban Heat Island” — Environment
Vanessa Ruiz — Talent, Performer / Narrator
With 38 years of thoughtful discussions around current events — making it the longest running local show in the state — “Arizona Horizon” is a respected and multi-award-winning mainstay of Arizona PBS.
Arizona Horizon Impeachment Special — Politics / Government
Produced by Central Sound at Arizona PBS
Central Sound at Arizona PBS is dedicated to capturing classical and acoustic music performances of the highest professional caliber. The team produces programs for local and national broadcast on radio and TV.
“Harp of Nerves” — Audio, Live or Post Production 🏆
“Messa da Requiem” — Audio, Live or Post Production
“Only in Sleep” — Audio, Live or Post Production 🏆
“Harp of Nerves”
by Hilary Purrington
“Messa da Requiem”
by Giuseppe Verdi
“Only in Sleep”
by Ēriks Ešenvalds