TAMPA, Fla. (October 19, 2016) – WUSF Public Media has been nominated for two regional EMMY® awards, including one nomination for the stunning nature documentary The Forgotten Coast: Return to Wild Florida, and another nomination for the recently-launched campus news program University Beat.
The Forgotten Coast is up for an EMMY® in the Documentary category. WUSF sponsored the beautiful film that chronicles the 1,000-mile, 70-day trek from the Everglades to the Alabama border by conservationist Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, biologist Joe Guthrie, and photographer and National Geographic explorer, Carlton Ward Jr. WUSF TV aired the documentary and WUSF sponsored a sold-out showing of the film at the Tampa Theater.
University Beat has been nominated for an EMMY® in the Community Service category, just months after the program launched as a way to highlight stories at the University of South Florida.
In the episode nominated for an EMMY®, viewers met a USF student who took to social media to find a match for a kidney transplant; discovered how USF researchers are helping Florida make the most of being the “sunshine state”; and saw how the University is doing its part to be a good neighbor in the community.
“Recognitions such as these are well-deserved accolades for the journalists and producers who work so tirelessly to tell these important stories to our viewers and listeners,” said WUSF Public Media General Manager JoAnn Urofsky. “Congratulations to them all.”
These EMMY® nominations come on the heels of several other awards for WUSF Public Media. This year, the broadcaster won a national Edward R. Murrow award for “Best Small Online News Organization Website” for its statewide multimedia and broadcast collaboration project Health News Florida, and won three awards from the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Association.
WUSF also won a regional Murrow award for “Hard News” reporting for large radio markets for the “Wedding Bells Ring for Same-Sex Couples production, and All Things Considered host Lisa Peakes won first place in the Radio Newscast category from the Society of Professional Journalists contest for the southeastern United States.
About WUSF Public Media
WUSF Public Media is a comprehensive media organization that provides media services to the community and businesses through public broadcasting and multi-media production services. Licensed to the University of South Florida, WUSF Public Media serves the public interest through programming, educational outreach and community partnerships. For more information, visit www.wusf.org.