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WPSU, Penn State Student Productions Earn Emmy Nominations

by on August 09, 2017 5:00 AM

UNIVERSITY PARK — WPSU Penn State has earned five regional Emmy nominations for excellence in television news, programming and individual achievement from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Work by Penn State students in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, meanwhile, garnered seven nominations for 2017 College/University Production Awards, the equivalent of regional Emmy Awards also awarded by the academy

WPSU earned nominations for “Science-U: Mars Egg Lander,” “The Penn State Wood Collection Mystery,” “Weather World — A Lasting Legacy,” “Penn State Basketball Unlocked: MSU at the Palestra” and “Unrivaled: The Penn State Football Story.” In all, 14 WPSU individuals were recognized in the five productions.  

WPSU Penn State has captured 21 Mid-Atlantic Emmys since 1981.

The Mid-Atlantic chapter, which represents Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, nominated 332 entries in 80 award categories, and judging was completed by industry professionals from regional chapters in comparable television markets. Entries were evaluated in areas of content, creativity and execution.

For seven Penn State student nominations, four of the pieces came from an international reporting trip to Greece in spring 2016.

Over the past four years, programs produced in the Bellisario College have earned 12 College/University Production Awards from NATAS. “Centre County Report,” a weekly show produced by students and faculty, has been chosen as the top newscast in three of the last four years.

The 2017 Mid-Atlantic Emmy and College/University Production award winners will be announced at the 35th annual Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards banquet on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Hershey Lodge.


Children/Youth/Teen (19 and under) — Program or Special:

“Science-U: Mars Egg Lander”

Kristian Berg, writer/producer/director; Tyler Henderson, editor

Health/Environment/Science — Program Feature/Segment:

“SciTech Now: The Penn State Wood Collection Mystery”

Bill Hallman, producer/writer/director; Tyler Henderson, videographer/editor

Weather — News Single Story or Series

“SciTech Now: Weather World — A Lasting Legacy”

Bill Hallman, producer/writer/director; Tyler Henderson, editor

Sports — Program Feature/Segment

“Penn State Basketball Unlocked: MSU at the Palestra”

Don Hampton, senior producer/director; Juliandra Durkin, post production director; Matt Wilson, videographer/editor; Jordan Huffman, videographer/editor; Clint Yoder, location audio; Michael Klein, post production audio

Sports — Program Series

“Unrivaled: The Penn State Football Story”

Don Hampton, senior producer/director; Ken Grau, director/producer; Clint Yoder, location audio; Christopher Kugler, editor; Matt Stephens, videographer; Michael Klein, post production audio; Blake Newsock, videographer; Judson Mantz, video editor; Matt Wilson, videographer/editor



Centre County Report, Nov. 8 2016” (John McHugh, anchor; Samantha Goldstein, anchor; Jeffrey Capanelli, producer; Morgan Giannone, sports anchor; Michelle Bruno, director; and Brianna Debow, technical director)

News, General Assignment 

An Arab’s Perspective” (Yousef Saba, reporter)

Arts and Entertainment/Cultural Affairs 

A Stage Set for Hope” (Natalie Vero, reporter)

Long Form, Fiction 

Le Cirque Mentale” (Maria Gagas, A.D./editor/gaffer/grip; Monica Mazel, director/writer; Morgan Shaw, producer; Yunze Zhang, director of photography; and Alexander Melso, line producer)

Long Form, Non-Fiction 

The Journey: A Centre County Report Special” (Jess Arnold, producer)


Athens Olympic Legacy: After the Games” (Kristen Garrone, reporter)

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