An info graphic showing the Phoenix skyline in black against a gold background displays 11 Emmy Award nominations for Arizona PBS and 25 Student Production Award nominations for Cronkite School students

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

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The Rocky Mountain Regional Emmy® Awards this week announced nominations for its 45th annual ceremony. Arizona PBS and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication collectively received 36 Emmy® and Student Production Award nominations.

“It’s inspiring to see Cronkite and Arizona PBS be recognized with so many nominations,” said Cronkite School Dean Dr. Battinto L. Batts, Jr. “This is a great honor and serves as another indication that Cronkite is one of the best places in the world to study journalism and mass communication. I congratulate all students and members of the Arizona PBS team who contributed to the nominated projects.”

In total, 28 Cronkite students received 25 Student Production Award nominations in 11 categories. Arizona PBS pulled in 11 nominations, with five going to “Check, Please! Arizona,” the station’s local restaurant review series, and four going to Central Sound, the station’s audio production team that records Arizona’s music for the world to hear.

“Although we don’t do what we do for awards and accolades, I’m thrilled to see the Arizona PBS team recognized for their hard work.” said Adrienne R. Fairwell, general manager of Arizona PBS. “A year ago, this team was in the early stages of restarting production activities that had been previously halted by the COVID-19 pandemic. I couldn’t be prouder of how far they’ve come, nor could I be more excited for the direction we’re headed and the future that lies ahead for this station.”

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. The awards ceremony will take place in Phoenix on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Arizona PBS and Cronkite nominations are listed below. See more about Arizona PBS’ nominated programs here, or to view a complete list of all nominees, visit

Arizona PBS nominations:

  • Interview/Discussion Content: “Check, Please! Arizona: BBQ, Burritos and Bread.”
  • Interview/Discussion Content: “Check, Please! Arizona: Breakfast, Brunch and Dinner.”
  • Interview/Discussion Content: “Check, Please! Arizona: PBS Picks.”
  • Interview/Discussion Content: “Check, Please! Arizona: The (College) Kids’ Table.”
  • Public Service Announcement Campaign: “Delta Dental Kids Campaign.”
  • Program Promotion Single Spot / Image: “Check, Please! Arizona.”
  • Editor Short Form Content: Timothy Larsen.
  • Audio Live or Post Produced: “Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana,” Central Sound
  • Audio Live or Post Produced: “From Edge to Hope,” Central Sound
  • Musical Composition / Arrangement: “What I Miss the Most,” Central Sound
  • Musical Composition / Arrangement: “From Edge to Hope,” Central Sound

Cronkite School student nominations:

  • College Newscast: “Cronkite News,” produced by Sarah Oven, Kelly Donohue and Tyler Wegleitner.
  • College News Report – Serious or Light: “Eating Disorders Increase,” by Faith Abercrombie.
  • College News Report – Serious or Light: “Rodeo Returns After Wrangling with COVID,” by Zachary Larsen.
  • College Multimedia Journalist: “Joe Jackson,” by Emily Bernstein.
  • College Multimedia Journalist: “Bee Theft,” by Karen Marroquin.
  • College Multimedia Journalist: “Randolph Wins,” by Faith Abercrombie.
  • College Multimedia Journalist: “Chaparral Swimmer Heroics,” by Zachary Larsen.
  • College Multimedia Journalist: “Rez Ball Returns,” by Amna Subhan.
  • College Video Essay: “Cemetery Preservation,” by Samantha Chow.
  • College Video Essay: “Hope Coach Drivers,” by Miles Green.
  • College Non-Fiction Short Form: “The Last Remaining Jaguar,” by Filip Raketic, Andrea Polanco, Elena Kortmann and Anna Gniwotta.
  • College Non-Fiction Long Form: “Red Light District: Adam Stewart Story,” by Michayla Lopez and Mike McQuade.
  • College Public Affairs / Community Service: “Case By Case,” by Kamilah Williams.
  • College Public Affairs / Community Service: “Point in Time,” by Raven Payne.
  • College Sports Story or Segment: “Supercross Course Construction,” by Andrew Kurland.
  • College Sports Story or Segment: “Xavier Prep Softball Dedication,” by Benjamin Garcia.
  • College Sports Story or Segment: “Boxing to Beat Parkinson’s,” by Ryan Blank.
  • College Sports Story or Segment: “Basketball in a Non-Hearing World,” by Talia Massi.
  • College Sports Story or Segment: “Athletes in Conflict,” by Conor McGill, Zach Larson, Ryan Blank, Ike Everard and Austin Ford.
  • College Sports Program: “Cronkite Sports Report,” produced by Ike Everard.
  • College Talent – News or Sports: Andrew Kurland, Anchor/Reporter.
  • College Talent – News or Sports: Evan Lis, Weather and Sustainability Reporter.
  • College Talent – News or Sports: Payton Major, Weather.
  • College Writer: “Corbin’s Legacy,” by Kamilah Williams
  • College Writer: “Spaces of Opportunity,” by Andrea Villalobos.
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