Emmy Wins Reinforce Commitment of OPB’s Teams and Members

The Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, NATAS, recently announced that Oregon Public Broadcasting, OPB, is the recipient of the 2014 Northwest Regional Emmy for Station Excellence. This award marks a first-time achievement for any public broadcasting organization in the region and a second-time win for an Oregon station.

“We are so fortunate to live in a region that has so many great stories to cover and so many great stories that people want to hear,” said Steve Bass, president and CEO of OPB. “And I have to thank the people—our 120,000 donors who contribute to make all of this possible.”

NATAS Northwest region covers stations and production companies across Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. The 51st Annual Regional Emmy Awards recognize achievements in news segments, environmental programs, historical documentaries, arts features and other original productions created during 2013.

OPB was also recognized for Oregon Art Beat, Oregon Experience and Oregon Field Guide. Nominated for 21 Northwest Regional Emmys, OPB won awards in the following categories:

Station Excellence: Oregon Public Broadcasting • Steve Bass, President & CEO

Environmental - Program/Special: Oregon Field Guide • Steve Amen, Executive Producer/Host • Vince Patton, Producer/Reporter

Health/Science - Program/Special: Oregon Field Guide: Diving for Science • Vince Patton, Producer • Michael Bendixen, Videographer/Editor   

Informational/Instructional - Feature/Segment: Oregon Art Beat: Giles Clement • Katrina Sarson, Producer    

Public/Current/Community Affairs - Program/Special: Oregon Field Guide: The White Salmon River Runs Free • Steve Amen, Executive Producer/Host • Andy Maser, Producer/Videographer

Documentary - Historical: Oregon Experience: Hanford • Nadine Jelsing, Producer/Writer • Lisa Suinn Kallem, Editor  

Documentary - Topical: Oregon Field Guide: Glacier Caves - Mt. Hood’s Secret World • Ed Jahn, Producer • Amelia Templeton, Co-Producer • Andy Maser, Photographer • Todd Sonflieth, Photographer/Editor • Hayden Peters, Camera Assist • Steve Amen, Executive Producer/Host • Katie Campbell, Multimedia Journalist

Reporter - Programming: Oregon Field Guide: Vince Patton Reporting • Vince Patton    

Writer - Program: Oregon Field Guide: Glacier Caves: Mt. Hood’s Secret World • Ed Jahn • Amelia Templeton

Video Journalist - No Time Limit: Oregon Art Beat: James DeRosso • Tom Shrider   

“We are so fortunate at OPB to have a staff that goes out and courageously covers those stories—whether it be up on Mt. Hood or an artist working somewhere in Oregon,” added Bass. “OPB is unlike most media organizations. We develop content for television, radio and digital platforms; often, our talented reporters contribute work across all three.”

NATAS Northwest Chapter also inducted Steve Amen, executive producer and host of Oregon Field Guide, into the 2014 Silver Circle, which honors media professionals who have made significant contributions to television for more than 25 years.

For a full list of the 2014 Annual Emmy Recipients, visit www.natasnw.org.


About OPB 
OPB is the largest cultural and education institution in the region, delivering excellence in public broadcasting to 1.5 million people each week through television, radio and the Internet. Widely recognized as a national leader in the public broadcasting arena, OPB is a major contributor to the program schedule that serves the entire country. OPB is one of the most-used and most-supported public broadcasting services in the country and is generously supported by members across Oregon and southern Washington. For more information, please visit www.opb.org

Steve Bass accepts the 2014 Northwest Regional Emmy for Station Excellence.

Steve Bass accepts the 2014 Northwest Regional Emmy for Station Excellence.

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Steve Bass and Steve Amen at 2014 Northwest Regional Emmy Awards.

Steve Bass and Steve Amen at 2014 Northwest Regional Emmy Awards.

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OPB staff posing at 2014 Northwest Regional Emmy Awards.

OPB staff posing at 2014 Northwest Regional Emmy Awards.

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