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SUBJECT: Seattle Channel wins regional Emmy award for story about a local program that sends former prisoners to college

6/17/2013  4:30:00 PM
John Giamberso (206) 684-8588
Lori Patrick  (206) 733-9764

Seattle Channel wins regional Emmy award for story about a local program that sends former prisoners to college

SEATTLE - Mayor Mike McGinn today announced the Seattle Channel received a Northwest Regional Emmy award for a feature story about a local program that sends former prisoners to college.

The city-operated station was recognized Saturday, June 15 at the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Arts & Sciences’ (NATAS) Emmy awards ceremony, where Ralph Bevins, Seattle Channel photographer and editor, was cheered on by several program participants as he accepted the Emmy for a story he produced about the Post-Prison Education Program.

After serving their time in prison, most ex-offenders in Washington State walk away with 40 bucks in cash and a bus ticket. Nearly 46 percent will eventually land back behind bars. The documentary describes a program that helps former prisoners break free from the cycle of imprisonment.

The Emmy-winning feature was produced as part of Seattle Channel’s Community Stories series - which features short documentaries about Seattle’s inspiring people, programs, and cultural traditions - with executive production by Shannon Gee of Seattle Channel.

Watch the winning video:

In the 50th annual Northwest Emmy’s, the channel competed against commercial and public television stations in the Northwest NATAS five-state region which includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. The station received eight Emmy nominations in categories for cultural, public affairs and feature programming; photography and program host.

"Seattle Channel connects residents with community and local government through in-depth public affairs reporting, entertaining arts features and inspiring stories about our city and its residents," said General Manager, John Giamberso.  "Among the region’s TV outlets, Seattle Channel produces the most thorough coverage of local government, reflecting the city of Seattle’s values of public engagement and transparency. I want to congratulate the station’s staff on their dedication to the station’s continued excellence."

The Seattle Channel is a leader in the field of government programming.  The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) has awarded the channel first place in "Excellence in Government Programming four times, most recently in 2012.

Seattle Channel is a local TV station that reflects, informs and inspires the community it serves. Seattle Channel presents programs on cable television - channel 21 on Comcast (321 HD) and Wave (721 HD) - and via the Internet to help residents connect with their city. Programming includes series and special features highlighting the diverse civic and cultural landscape of the Pacific Northwest's premier city.

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