Maryland Public Television Earns Seven Emmys in Annual Competition Including Overall Excellence Award


MPT airs regional Emmy Award ceremony on June 30

The National CapitalChesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) presented Maryland Public Television (MPT) with seven Emmy® Awards during its 59th Emmy gala at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center on Saturday, June 24.

A three-hour broadcast of the Emmy Awards ceremony airs on Friday, June 30 at 8 p.m. on MPT2.

Among the Emmys earned are the prestigious Overall Excellence and Community Service awards. MPT President & CEO Larry D. Unger accepted these award on behalf of the station’s more than 140 employees. “As a public TV station we’re committed to using our air to enrich lives and strengthen communities, and these awards are a wonderful affirmation that we’re fulfilling our mission,” explained Unger.

All told, there were 220 nominations recognizing work in some 120 categories for the 2017 competition. MPT earned Emmy Awards in the following categories:

  • Chesapeake Heritage – Program/ Special

Conowingo Dam: Power on the Susquehanna

John Paulson, Writer/Director

Michael English, Executive Producer/Writer

Patrick Ridgely, Associate Producer

  • Education/Schools – Program Feature/Segment

Artworks: “OrchKids”

Tanya Spann Roche, Segment Producer

  • Overall Excellence

Maryland Public Television

Larry D. Unger, President/General Manager

  • Audio

Maryland Vietnam War Stories

David Wainwright, Audio Post Production Lead Mixer

  • Editor – Program (Non-News)

Conowingo Dam: Power on the Susquehanna

Patrick Shea, Editor

  • Lighting

Concert for the Chesapeake Bay 2016

Tracy Gaspari, Lighting Designer/Director

  • Community Service

MPT - MPT Salutes Vietnam Veterans

Larry D. Unger, President/General Manager

In the past decade alone, MPT productions and personnel have earned nearly 70 regional Emmys. Since its launch in 1969, Maryland Public Television has also been the recipient of four national Emmy® Awards.

The annual awards competition acknowledges achievement in areas including entertainment programming, news and documentary shows, and sports programming. The regional competition is open to any television station, company, production house, or independent producer in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.

The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts &

Sciences was established in 1958 and comprises more than 900 television broadcast professionals dedicated to fostering and recognizing outstanding achievements in television production throughout the National Capital Chesapeake Bay region.

About MPT

Launched in 1969 and headquartered in Owings Mills, MD, Maryland Public Television is a nonprofit, state-licensed public television network and member of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). MPT’s six transmitters cover Maryland plus portions of contiguous states and the District of Columbia. Frequent winner of regional Emmy® awards, MPT creates local, regional, and national television shows. Beyond broadcast, MPT’s commitment to professional educators, parents, caregivers, and learners of all ages is manifest in its year-round instructional events and super-website Thinkport, which garners in excess of 14 million visits annually. 

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