OPB Original Productions and Staff Recognized in a Variety of Categories

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) today announced that it has been nominated for 19 Northwest Regional Emmy Awards from the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

As part of the 50th Annual Regional Emmy Awards, several of OPB’s executive producers, producers, videographers, writers, editors and reporters across the organization are being recognized for their work in a variety of categories—ranging from historical/cultural segments to documentaries, writing, producing and arts & entertainment features.

Each of OPB’s original productions were represented as 2013 nominees, including Oregon Field Guide, one of the most-watched local productions in the public broadcasting system, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this fall. Segments from Oregon Art Beat, entering its 15th season this fall and documentary series Oregon Experience also received nominations. In addition to TV programming, OPB’s online Arts & Life content was also nominated for a Northwest Emmy.

“It’s an honor to see both individual OPB staff members and programs nominated once again for Emmy awards,” said Steve Bass, OPB president and CEO. “Our audiences across the region rely on us to present in-depth, thoughtful and trusted stories on a range of topics that matter to them where they live. We’re proud to tell these diverse stories and our commitment to doing so is stronger than ever.”

OPB’s EarthFix partner stations are also recognized for their work with seven Emmy nominations. EarthFix is a public media project of OPB, Boise State Public Radio, Idaho Public Television, KCTS 9 Seattle, KUOW Public Radio, Northwest Public Radio and Television, and Southern Oregon Public Television.

The following OPB programs and staff have received nominations for the 50th Annual Regional Emmy awards:

Oregon Art Beat

  • Arts/Entertainment - Feature/Segment: Mona Superhero (Tom Shrider, Senior Videographer/Editor; Katrina Sarson, Producer)
  • Arts/Entertainment - Feature/Segment: Eunice Parsons (Katrina Sarson, Producer; Tom Shrider, Senior Videographer/Editor)
  • Photographer - Video Essay: Kasia Bilhartz, Fire Artist (Tom Shrider)
  • Historic/Cultural - Feature/Segment: Wang Gongyi (Jule Gilfillan, Producer; Greg Bond, Senior Videographer/Editor)

Oregon Experience

  • Documentary – Cultural: Rajneeshpuram (Nadine Jelsing, Producer/Writer; Eric Cain, Producer/Writer; Lisa Suinn Kallem, Editor)
  • Documentary – Topical: Oregon Wine: Grapes of Place (Nadine Jelsing, Producer/Writer; Lisa Suinn Kallem, Editor)
  • Historic/Cultural - Program/Special: The Suffragists (Kami Horton, Writer/Producer)
  • Writer – Program: Oregon Wine: Grapes of Place (Nadine Jelsing)

Oregon Field Guide

  • Historic/Cultural - Feature/Segment: Cattle Drives (Vince Patton, Reporter)
  • Health/Science – Segment: Pine Butterflies (Vince Patton, Reporter)
  • Informational/Instructional - Feature/Segment: Ice Diving (Vince Patton, Reporter; Michael Bendixen, Videographer/Editor; Nick Fisher, Videographer)
  • Informational/Instructional - Feature/Segment: Time-lapse Photography (Jule Gilfillan, Producer; Michael Bendixen, Videographer/Editor)
  • Public/Current/Community Affairs - Feature/Segment: Condors & Lead Bullets (Vince Patton, Reporter)
  • Documentary – Historical: Mt Hood: Climbing Oregon’s Highest Peak (Jule Gilfillan, Producer; Todd Sonflieth, Photographer/Editor; Michael Bendixen, Videographer)
  • Director - Post Production: Mt Hood: Climbing Oregon’s Highest Peak (Jule Gilfillan)
  • Informational/Instructional - Program/Special: Oregon Field Guide (Steve Amen, Executive Producer/Host; Jule Gilfillan, Producer; Vince Patton, Producer/Reporter)
  • Photographer – Program: Treeverse (Michael Bendixen)
  • Photographer– Program: Todd Sonflieth - Composite (Todd Sonflieth)
  • OPB Arts & Life Online Content
  • Human Interest - Feature/Segment: Portland Women’s Rowing Crew Team Competes for Love of the Sport (Ifanyi Bell, Digital Producer)

The annual Northwest Regional Emmy Awards Competition recognizes outstanding achievements in television and allied media. It is presented for excellence in programming and individual craft achievement in television and media arts.

The Northwest Chapter of NATAS accepts entries from 19 different Designated Market Areas (DMAs) in Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. All entries must have been produced to broadcast, cablecast or designed for broadband distribution or portable delivery within the Northwest Region in 2012.

Winners will be announced at the NATAS Northwest Regional Emmy Awards on June 15, 2013 at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle.


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 southwest Washington.