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PBS39 Receives Four Emmy® Award Nominations
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PBS39 Receives Four Emmy® Award Nominations

Nominations include ‘Lehigh Valley Rising’ and ‘Community Conversations’; Winners to be announced on Saturday, Oct. 1


BETHLEHEM, PA. – AUG. 10, 2021 –  PBS39 and several Lehigh Valley Public Media staffers were recognized with Emmy nominations for their work over the past year.

The 2022 Mid-Atlantic Regional Emmy® Award nominations were announced Tuesday night, Aug. 9, during a virtual live event.

PBS39 was nominated for awards in four categories, including: Diversity/Equity/Inclusion short-form content; Historical/Cultural short-form content; Magazine long-form content; and Public Affairs long-form content.

Lehigh Valley Rising, PBS39’s 30-minute monthly program that spotlights the people and places of Lehigh Valley business, figured into three of the nominations.

The fourth went to an hourlong show that focused on schools and students’ mental health amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The nominees included: 

For Diversity/Equity/Inclusion short-form content — A segment that aired during the Feb. 27, 2022, episode of Lehigh Valley Rising that celebrated the contributions of African-Americans in the workplace during Black History Month. The segment featured Ed Welburn, a Lehigh Valley resident and General Motors’ first Black automotive designer. Individuals nominated are producer Andy Hicks, senior videographer Jeff Frederick, and video editor Samantha Bode.

For Historical-Cultural short-form content — A segment that aired during the Nov. 18, 2021, episode of Lehigh Valley Rising focusing on local transportation. The piece profiled auto racing legend Mario Andretti, who has called the Lehigh Valley home for decades and got his start racing on the dirt track of his adopted hometown of Nazareth, Pa. Individuals nominated are co-producers Andy Hicks and Melody Bradford, and senior videographer Jeff Frederick.

For Magazine long-form content in a single program — The Oct. 21, 2021, episode of Lehigh Valley Rising that centered on agriculture, including features on Franklin Hill Vineyards, Jaindl Farms and Jaindl Land Development Corp., Rodale Institute, and Bowery Farming. Individuals nominated are producers Andy Hicks, director Javier Diaz, producer Melody Bradford, senior videographer Jeff Frederick, videographer Eric Werner, editor Lisa Moy, finishing editor Mike Novak, audio engineer Zach Wisneskie, and audio engineer Jacob Morris.

For Public Affairs long-form content — The Feb. 10, 2022, program “Community Conversation: Stress in Our Schools” that explored lost learning, social isolation and mental health challenges caused by the pandemic and two years of educational disruption. The show featured staff and students of the Bethlehem Area School District. Individuals nominated are host Brittany Sweeney, producer Jim Deegan, director Javier Diaz, assistant director Theresa Radtke, graphics designer Jessica Lee, and video editor Samantha Bode.

“I am tremendously proud of our teams for their storytelling work in this dynamic, constantly changing region,” said Yoni Greenbaum, Chief Operating Officer of Lehigh Valley Public Media. “While we do not do this work for recognition, it is an honor to be recognized by our peers.”

The complete list of nominees from across Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region can be found on the chapter website at https://natasmid-atlantic.org/

The 2022 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards will be presented on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.