WQED Honored with Five Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards

Station receives fourth award for Overall Excellence



WQED was honored with five Mid-Atlantic Emmy© Awards, including the coveted “Overall Excellence” award, at the annual gala of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Mid-Atlantic Chapter in Hershey on September 9.  This is WQED’s fourth Overall Excellence award, the most ever of any station in the history of the Overall Excellence category.

“The recognition of our work speaks to the diverse multimedia programming that we offer to this region,” said Deborah L. Acklin, president and chief executive officer of WQED Multimedia. “We were recognized for initiatives in education and schools, health and the environment, and community service with our Hope After Heroin project, which included a live town hall meeting on the crisis.”  The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County provided support for elements of WQED’s heroin project, which reached into every county in Western Pennsylvania

WQED also received an Emmy© for two new WQED Digital First series: WQED Sessions and Pittsburgh Eats. Both series are attracting a younger audience while focusing on the changing face of Pittsburgh.  They are available exclusively online at wqed.org.  WQED Sessions is sponsored in part by Live Nation and Pittsburgh City Paper.

Before Stage Four: Confronting Early Psychosis was also recognized with an Emmy© in the Health/Science category. Earlier this year, the program received recognition from the National Institute of Mental Health and Mental Health America in Washington, DC.  Funding for the documentary was made possible by the Staunton Farm Foundation.

In the Education/Schools category, WQED earned an Emmy© Award for Remake Learning: Network of Success.  The documentary focused on new teaching techniques and the people behind the movement.  The Grable Foundation provided support for WQED’s Remake Learning project.

All of WQED’s local productions are also supported by The Pittsburgh Foundation and the Allegheny Regional Asset District.

Below is a list of this year’s WQED Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards with links to the winning programs.

WQED Multimedia

Deborah Acklin, President/CEO


Before Stage Four: Confronting Early Psychosis

 - Hope After Heroin

WQED Sessions & Pittsburgh Eats


WQED changes lives by creating and sharing outstanding public media that educates, entertains, and inspires.  It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED World; WQED Create; WQED Showcase; WQED PBS KIDS Channel; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at www.wqed.org/fm; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED’s Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).