Boston (June 6, 2022) - Boston public media producer GBH has been honored with six Boston/New England Emmy® Awards recognizing major GBH News initiatives and the work of individual contributors across the organization. The awards were presented on June 4 by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Boston/New England Chapter. NATAS is dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television, the fostering of creative leadership in the television industry, and the encouragement of excellence in artistic, educational, cultural and technical progress. The wins follow 13 nominations received by GBH in April 2022.

“I am thrilled by this recognition of the visionary journalistic work taking place at GBH News,” said Jon Abbott, GBH President and CEO. “These accolades are a testament to our commitment to quality programming and the hard work and dedication of the creative people behind each of these projects.”

GBH News received six Emmy awards for its work over the past year. In the “Serious Feature” category, The Big Quit: Why I’m Moving On won for its exploration of how people made significant life changes as COVID disrupted their lives. Class of COVID, a documentary that followed three local students’ adaptation to learning during COVID won in the “Education and Schools” category. Both of these projects were led by GBH’s Director of Special Projects, Stephanie Leydon. Additionally, in the “Politics and Government” category, Boston’s Race Into History was recognized for its examination of the city’s journey to electing its first woman and Asian American mayor. The Curiosity Desk also won the “Informational and Instructional” category for its relaunch as a multiplatform weekly series. Jared Bowen, GBH’s Executive Arts Editor and the host of Open Studio with Jared Bowen won in the “Writer - Long-Form Content” category and GBH’s Associate Creative Director, Elias Mallette, received the award in the “Graphic Arts - Art Direction” category for his work on The Curiosity Desk.

A full list of the awards won by GBH is as follows:

The Big Quit: Why I’m Moving On
Stephanie Leydon, Series Producer; Emily Judem, Producer/Photographer/Editor; Greg Shea, Producer/Photographer/Editor; Liz Neisloss, Reporter/Photographer; Howard Powell, Photographer; Meredith Nierman, Photographer; Maureen Barillaro, Editor GBH

Class of COVID
Emily Judem, Director/Producer; Stephanie Leydon, Director/Producer; Joanie Tobin, Photographer; Rob Tokanel, Photographer; Greg Shea, Photographer; Howard Powell, Photographer; 14 Meredith Nierman, Photographer; Tori Bedford, Reporter; Esteban Bustillos, Reporter GBH

Curiosity Desk
Aaron Schachter, Executive Producer; Chris Rattey, Executive Producer; Edgar B. Herwick III, Host/Writer; Joanie Tobin, Senior Producer/Photographer; Rob Tokanel, Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics/Photographer GBH

Boston's Race Into History
Adam Reilly, Host; Courtney Kennedy, Executive Producer; Azita Ghahramani, Executive Producer; Jen Sifferlen, Producer; Robert Fagnant Jr., Director; Jack Doyle, Editor GBH

The Curiosity Desk: Star Market
Elias Mallette, Associate Creative Director WGBH Educational Foundation

Jared Bowen, Open Studio
Jared Bowen, Host/Executive Arts Editor

You can find a complete list of the 2022 Boston/New England Emmy® Award winners here.

About GBH
GBH is the leading multiplatform creator for public media in America. As the largest producer of content for PBS and partner to NPR and PRX, GBH delivers compelling experiences, stories and information to audiences wherever they are. GBH produces digital and broadcast programming that engages, illuminates and inspires, through drama and science, history, arts, culture and journalism. GBH is the creator of such signature programs as MASTERPIECE, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, FRONTLINE, NOVA, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and Arthur and Molly of Denali and a catalog of streaming series, podcasts and on-demand video. GBH’s television channels include GBH 2, GBH 44, GBH Kids and national services GBH WORLD and Create. With studios and a newsroom headquartered in Boston, GBH reaches across New England with GBH 89.7, Boston’s Local NPR; CRB Classical 99.5; CAI, the Cape and Islands NPR station and as a partner to NEPM in Springfield. Dedicated to making media accessible to and representative of our diverse culture, GBH is a pioneer in delivering media to audience members who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind and visually impaired. With PBS LearningMedia, GBH creates curriculum-based digital content for educators nationwide. GBH’s local programming includes Boston Public Radio, Greater Boston, Stories from the Stage, Open Studio with Jared Bowen, Basic Black and High School Quiz Show. GBH has been recognized with hundreds of the nation’s premier broadcast, digital and journalism awards. Find more information at