WGBH News and Media Relations


June 28, 2017

WGBH Honored with Two Boston/New England Emmy® Awards


BOSTON, June 28, 2017 – On Saturday night, public media station WGBH earned two Emmy® Awards from the Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). The Academy recognized Greater Boston in the Interview/Discussion category for its coverage of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, as well as WGBH Digital in the Interstitial category for its feature about Bobbi Gibb, the first-ever woman to run the Boston Marathon.

Greater Boston Host and Executive Editor Jim Braude, who is also the co-host of 89.7 WGBH Boston Public Radio, examined the many issues surrounding the June 2016 Pulse nightclub attack, during which a gunman killed 49 people, mainly from Orlando’s LGBT community. Braude and guests, former Attorney General Martha Coakley and former head of Boston's anti-terrorism unit, Michael Ricciuti, discussed the shooting and the direction of the investigation.

“Trying to have a sane, sensible discussion about the most insane and senseless of acts is not easy,” said Braude. “But it’s one of the things our team at Greater Boston does best. On that night, we succeeded.”

Braude shares the award with the Greater Boston team, including former executive producer Bob Dumas, senior producer Courtney Kennedy, planning editor Azita Ghahramani and former director Ben Phillippo.

WGBH Digital produced its award-winning video, “Breaking the Mold,” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Gibb’s Boston Marathon finish. Gibb became the first woman to finish the race after sneaking onto the course in 1966, setting in motion plans to lift the ban barring women from competing.

“Through Bobbi Gibb, we were able to tell a compelling local story while adding valuable historical context to this quintessentially Boston event,” said Bob Kempf, Vice President of Digital Services. “Our coverage — its own marathon of 26.2 digital features — allowed us to tell a richly nuanced story from a wide variety of angles and perspectives.”

The award-winning WGBH Digital team includes producer and director Greg Shea, producer and writer Jackie Bruleigh and producer and writer Cori Brosnahan.

NATAS is the premier and most recognized non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of excellence in television. The Academy grants the Emmy® Award, the most prestigious, peer-judged honor in television for exemplary creative achievement.

To watch the winning entry from Greater Boston, click here.

To watch the winning entry from WGBH Digital, click here.

About WGBH News 

WGBH News is among the fastest growing local news providers in greater Boston and draws on the talent of a multi-platform newsroom that includes 89.7 WGBH, Boston’s Local NPR, television and digital reporting. The WGBH newsroom continues to invest in substantive local coverage and has established dedicated desks for innovation, higher education and politics as well as unique partnerships to expand on that commitment, including with WNYC’s The Takeaway, PRI’s The World, the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, and The GroundTruth Project. For more information, please visit www.wgbhnews.org


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