Oregon Public Broadcasting has received the prestigious Silver Telly Award for its documentary THE THREE RABBIS and a Bronze Telly Award for THE OREGON STORY: RETHINKING THE FORESTS.

Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions. Winners and finalists represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators and corporate video departments in the world. With over a quarter-of-a-century history of recognizing creative excellence, the Telly Awards is a widely known and highly respected international competition.

THE THREE RABBIS, which recounts the story of three devoted and passionate Portland Rabbis who played a pivotal role in the growth and emergence of Portland’s Jewish community over the last 50 years, aired on OPB TV last October. Jessica Martin, writer and producer of THE THREE RABBIS, said, “It is a tremendous honor to have worked on this project and for it to be recognized by those in our industry with one of the most sought-after awards.”

Kate McMahon was associate producer on the project and Gloria Feves Hammer, a Portland educator and driving force behind the production, served as coordinating producer.

A prestigious judging panel of over 25 accomplished industry professionals, each a past Winner of a Silver Telly, the top honor, upholds the historical standard of excellence that Telly represents. Judges evaluate entries to recognize distinction in creative work; entries do not compete against each other - rather, entries are judged against a high standard of merit. Less than 10 percent of entries are chosen as Winners of the highest honor, a Silver Telly.

THE OREGON STORY: RETHINKING THE FORESTS is part of THE OREGON STORY series that explores Oregon’s ever-changing social, cultural and economic relationships with the land. THE OREGON STORY: RETHINKING THE FORESTS, which aired on OPB TV last November, ventured outside the usual arguments to find new voices with fresh perspectives on the present forest gridlock in Oregon and presented some different ways to view the problems. Eric Cain produced and directed the documentary

Oregon Public Broadcasting is a statewide network of community-supported learning resources, including OPB Television, an affiliate of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), and OPB Radio, presenting local news coverage and the programs of National Public Radio (NPR), Public Radio International (PRI) and American Public Media (APM). The OPB Web site is opb.org.