Arizona PBS, Cronkite School nominated for 36 Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards

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Arizona PBS and the Cronkite School swept up a total of 36 Emmy® and Student Production Award nominations from 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 16 Emmy® nominations in 13 categories, covering a variety of magazine programs, audio production and interview content. “Art in the 48” and “Catalyst” each received two nominations each, while “Plate & Pour” received four. Watch Arizona PBS’ nominated programs here.

The “2020 Arizona Senate Debate,” one of Arizona PBS’ most viewed programs in the station’s history, received a nomination. 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 received 20 Student Production Award nominations in eight categories this year. The awards recognize the best in collegiate journalism, and since 2009, Cronkite students have won 64 Student Production Awards.

Isaac Easley, Cronkite’s instructor in video journalism and innovation, earned an Emmy® nomination for “37th Annual Walter Cronkite Award: Dean Baquet.” In addition, Arizona State University was also nominated in several categories.

“It’s exciting to see Cronkite and Arizona PBS receive so many nominations,” said Cronkite School Dean Dr. Battinto Batts, Jr. “This is truly an honor and the result of the hard work and commitment of so many talented people. Congratulations to all of the nominees. I can’t wait until the awards are presented.”

“I am so proud of both the Arizona PBS and Cronkite teams on receiving 16 Emmy nominations and 20 Student Production nominations,” said Adrienne Fairwell, general manager of Arizona PBS. “The recognition for the work they do to inform, connect and engage Arizonans is an honor. I’m excited to see their high quality work recognized by the Academy.”

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.

Winners will be announced Nov. 6 at the 44th Annual Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards. Arizona PBS and Cronkite nominations are listed below.

Arizona PBS

Arts/Entertainment: Long Form Content

Art in the 48: In the Paint

Melissa Thompson, Producer
Shana Fischer, Producer
Ron Bruce, Photographer/Editor
Alberto Rios, Host

Human Interest: Short Form Content

Catalyst: Running Towards Herself

Steve Filmer, Producer
Vanessa Ruiz, Producer

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

Magazine Program: Single Program

Art in the 48: Finding Your Passion

Melissa Thompson, Producer
Shana Fischer, Producer
Alberto Rios, Host
Ron Bruce, Director Of Photography
Jay Conner, Photographer / Editor
Langston Fields, Photographer / Editor
Carlos Chavez, Photographer
Rodolfo Romo, Photographer
Allysa Adams, Producer

Plate & Pour: Big Dreams

Margery Punnett, Series Producer
Rebecca Guldberg, Producer
Mark Tarbell, Producer
Melissa Thompson, Executive Producer

Informational/Instructional Content

Plate & Pour: Back to the Farm

Margery Punnett, Series Producer
Rebecca Guldberg, Producer
Melissa Thompson, Executive Producer
Mark Tarbell, Producer

Interview/Discussion Content

Plate & Pour: Pass It On

Margery Punnett, Series Producer
Melissa Thompson, Executive Producer
Rebecca Guldberg, Producer
Mark Tarbell, Producer

Break It Down: Claiming Kamala

Nakia Christian, Producer
Ebonye Delaney, Digital Producer
Scot Olson, Editor

Program Promotion: Campaign

Celebrating Black History Month

Ebonye Delaney, Producer
Nakia Christian, Producer

Overall Excellence

Arizona PBS: Part of the Community

Julia Wallace, Interim General Manager


Mark Tarbell

Editor, Short Form Content

Timothy “TJ” Larsen

Audio, Live or Post-produced

Carter Pann: Soprano Saxophone Concerto (2019)

Alex Kosiorek, Senior Audio Engineer

True Concord Voices and Orchestra: A Savior from on High

Alex Kosiorek, Senior Audio Engineer

Lighting: Location or Studio

Plate & Pour: The Great Gadsby Bakery

Rodolfo Romo, Photographer

Cronkite School

Human Interest: Short Form

37th Annual Walter Cronkite Award: Dean Baquet

 Isaac Easley, producer

Arizona State University

Military: Short Form Content

Supporting Military Students And Student Veterans In College

Laura Fields, videographer / editor

Societal Concerns: Short Form Content

Forks Up, Masks Up

Amy Chou, producer / assistant director
Safwat Saleem, director / producer / writer
Joshua Belveal, director / writer / editor / cinematographer

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 Nominations


Cronkite News March 23, 2021

Angel Jimenez, Producer

News Report: Serious or Light

White Mountain Apache COVID

McKenzie Allen-Charmley, Reporter

Expanding Water Pipeline

Katelyn Keenehan, Reporter

Covid Outbreak At ADOC

Katelyn Keenehan, Multimedia Journalist

Multimedia Journalist

FilmBar Saved

Tyler Manion, Reporter

Bike Safety Signs

Katelyn Keenehan, Reporter

Video Essay

COVID-19 Food Crisis

Luke Simmons, Reporter

A Mother’s Journey

Franco LaTona, Reporter

Navajo School District Fights To Overcome COVID-19

Megan Marples

Non-Fiction Short Form

Gender Pioneer in Arizona

Tyler Manion, Reporter

Sports Story or Segment

Skating Through Adversity

Michael Gutnick, Reporter

Tackling for Safety

Rachel Phillips, Reporter

Seated Golfer Prepares for U.S. Disabled Open

Jordan Spurgeon, Reporter

Arizona Native Ponwith Fulfills Dream at ASU

Mason Kern, Reporter

Soundtrack of Sport

Reed Harmon, Reporter

Underground Railroad Cyclist

Sarandon Raboin, Reporter

A Sunrise Prayer on Piestewa Peak

Sanandon Raboin, Reporter

Attitude Is Everything

Zachary Keenan, Reporter

Talent: News or Sports

Zachary Keenan, Reporter


Covid Response

McKenzie Allen-Charmley, Writer

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