Arizona PBS wins 17 prestigious Telly Awards

Arizona PBS took home a record 17 awards for its original programming across six categories at the 39th annual Telly Awards, one of the nation’s premiere contests for television and video.

In all, Arizona PBS received three silver and 14 bronze awards, the most in the station’s history.

“We are thrilled to be honored with these prestigious awards,” said Arizona PBS General Manager Mary Mazur. “It’s really a testament to our commitment to quality local programming that inspires, educates and informs.”

Arizona Horizon, the nightly public affairs show hosted by Ted Simons, won 10 Telly Awards, which included two silver and eight bronze awards. The show was honored for its in-depth look into issues ranging from former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s criminal contempt conviction to the bison roaming near the Grand Canyon.

Arizona Horizon, which features stories produced by students at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, also won four bronze awards in the Television: Student category.

Check, Please! Arizona, the popular restaurant review series, won four awards, two in Television: Food/Beverage and two in Branded Content: Food/Beverage. The program, hosted by award-winning chef Mark Tarbell, features guests who dine and then review local restaurants that they have recommended to each other.

“It is exciting to see how perfectly this year’s winners capture the innovation and energy of the rapidly changing video and television industry that we rebuilt the Telly Awards to recognize,” said Tellys Managing Director Sabrina Dridje. “They are an exciting culmination to an ambitious yearlong effort that has re-established The Telly Awards as a trusted benchmark for the industry.”

Established in 1979, The Telly Awards receives more than 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents. Entrants are judged by The Telly Awards Judging Council, an industry body of over 200 leading experts including advertising agencies, production companies, and major television networks, reflective of the multiscreen industry The Telly Awards celebrates. Partners of The Telly Awards include the National Association of Broadcasters, StudioDaily, Stash Magazine and Digiday. 

Arizona PBS is one of the country’s largest public television stations, reaching 1.9 million households each week on four digital channels and a website. The station has focused on fostering lifelong learning through quality programming, in-depth news and public affairs and critical educational outreach services. Arizona PBS is a member-supported community service of Arizona State University, based at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Television: Political/Commentary

Silver: Arizona Horizon, “Dark $ Debate

Bronze: Arizona Horizon, “Arpaio Conviction

Bronze: Arizona Horizon, “Biggs on Kids Care

Bronze: Arizona Horizon, “Long Voting Lines


Television: Nature/Wildlife

Silver: Arizona Horizon, “Grand Canyon Bison

Bronze: Arizona Horizon, “Wildlife Selfies


Television: Food/Beverage

Bronze: Check, Please! Arizona, “Season 8, Episode 8

Bronze: Check, Please! Arizona, “Chef Bites


Television: Information

Bronze: Arizona Collectibles, “Season 4, Episode 1


Television: Student

Bronze: Arizona Horizon, “Bees

Bronze: Arizona Horizon, “Border Arts”

Bronze: Arizona Horizon, “DACA Boxer

Bronze: Arizona Horizon, “Havasupai Protest”


Branded Content: Food/Beverage

Silver: Check, Please! Arizona, “Season Premiere Promo

Bronze: Check, Please! Arizona, “Fork Fails

Bronze: New Food Show, “Long Lead Promo”


Branded Content: Promotional 

Bronze: Arizona Spelling Bee, “Promo


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