PBS39 Receives 2 Emmy® Award Nominations

Bethlehem, PA -August 10, 2016 - PBS39 is proud to announce the receipt of 2 Emmy® Award nominations from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). 

The team received Mid-Atlantic EMMY® Award nominations for Children/Youth/Teen Program or Special and for Historic/Cultural Program Feature/Segment.


2016 EMMY Nom from PBS39 on Vimeo.

Senior Vice President of Education and Production Teri Haddad, Ed. D., received a nomination as the producer of "Cosmo's World: Trees," an Emmy® Award-winning educational series produced in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Producer/director Scott Paul, video editor Steven Whitcombe and videographer Steve Kauffman were also nominated for their work on the program.

"Cosmo's World has a proven track record of connecting kids to their environment and building excitement about science," said Teri Haddad, VP of Education and Production, PBS39. "We're committed to educating our young viewers and are honored to be recognized by our peers for this program yet again."

Reporter/producer Grover Silcox, videographer Jeff Frederick and editor Lisa Robinson received nominations for "A Witness to History." This segment shared the story of Dr. George Sakheim, who served as an interpreter during the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials. This segment was produced for PBS39's weekly news magazine program FOCUS.

"At PBS39, we have the privilege of telling stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things," said Grover Silcox, reporter/producer, PBS39. "I was honored to document and share the story of Dr. George Sakheim's witness to this historic event." 

PBS39 has been nominated in two categories including:

Children/Youth/Teen (19 and Under)- Program or Special

Cosmo III: Trees
Scott Paul, Producer/Director
Steven Whitcombe, Video Editor
Stephen Kauffman, Videographer
Teri Haddad, Producer

Link to segment:

Historic/Cultural Program Feature/Segment

"A Witness to History"
Grover Silcox, Reporter/Producer
Lisa Robinson, Editor
Jeffrey Frederick, Videographer

Link to segment:

The 34th Annual Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards will be presented Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19107.

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Explore the world of television production as part of the FOCUS studio audience! Audience members tour behind the scenes of PBS39, participate in a taping of our Emmy-award nominated news magazine show, meet the on-air team and sometimes end up on TV themselves.  Perfect for group outings and school field trips!  PBS39 provides this service at no charge.  


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Congressman Charlie Dent
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
PA Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald Castille
Former Philadelphia Flyers Captain Keith Primeau
WW2 veteran and “Band of Brothers” alumni Wild Bill Guarnere
Sean Covey, best-selling author of Seven Habits of Highly Effective Kids
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PA Rep. Ryan Mackenzie
PA Representative Mike Schlossberg
Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski
Yale University Professor Dr. Fred Volkmar
Dr. Chris Borick of Muhlenberg College
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Lehigh University Professor James Peterson
Moravian College President Byron Grigsby
NPR host Mike McGrath
QVC Contributor Stacey Redfield
Celebrity chef Walter Staib
National anti-bullying speaker Kirk Smalley
Bullying expert Dr. Claudio Cerullo

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FOCUS Reporters/Producers

photo of Laura McHughAn Emmy-award winning journalist, Laura hosts and executive produces FOCUS. She’s also produced or co-produced two PBS39 documentaries, Philly Firsts and IronPigs: Fan-tastic. Laura also enjoys hiking, a good book or movie recommendations.

GroverA three-time Emmy Award winner, Grover enjoys writing about compelling stories about the extraordinary people and places. As a literature and history buff, Grover loves biographies and historical books on the U.S. Presidents, The American Revolution and the American Civil War.



Brittany is the most recent reporter at PBS39. A recent grad from Moravian College, Brittany’s documentary “Three Students, Three Expressions of Art at Moravian College”  went on to win a College Production Award at the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Emmy’s in Philadelphia.