Maryland Public Television earns nine Emmy Awards
June 19, 2003

Maryland Public Television recently received nine Emmy Awards from the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).

The awards were received for the following entries:

In the host, interviewer, moderator category, Bob Heck won for a composite of Bob the Vid Tech, MPT's Kids and Family host, interstitials (short informational spots between regular programming).

In the category of program segments, Entertainment, MPT received awards for the following segments of the weekly arts program, ArtWorks This Week, which airs Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.

* La Clevique Kids Opera: a clever and unique children's opera company composed of 4th grade class students from Rockville, whose partnerships with area opera companies teach children the different aspects of creating an opera and the importance of music in the schools. Frederick resident Kelli Green was the producer.

* Corradetti Glass: artist Anthony Corradetti uses traditional handblown glass techniques to create luminous, translucent organic vessels. Margaret Sullivan was the producer.

* Kate Jones, a profile of a woman who expresses the beauty of mathematics and the sum of human endeavor in handmade games and puzzles. Megan Carberry was the producer.

In editing: Public Affairs, Children's, Entertainment, Documentary, Magazine category, congratulations go to Steven Smith who walked away with two Emmys for his editing of a composite of ArtWorks This Week and of Bob the Vid Tech: Water, Water Everywhere, a Bob the Vid Tech special exploring how to protect one of Maryland's most cherished resources, the Chesapeake Bay:

In the Public Affairs: Magazine Format and Children's Programs: Tape category, MPT was recognized with two Emmy awards.

* Outdoors Maryland: Colonel Lee's Birdhouse which tells the story of Fort Carroll, a built-like-a-tank outpost begun in 1847 and now serves as home to a world-class colonial nesting bird rookery, the most diverse colony of species within 100 miles. Michael English, Susan Jacobson were the producers.

* Bob the Vid Tech: Water, Water Everywhere, Jonathan Slade was the producer.

In the Program Segments: Magazine format, MPT received an Emmy Award for Outdoors Maryland: Shades of Winter, with Suzanne Stahley as producer. The segment features John Ebersberger, Annapolis-based impressionist painter, who leads a group of plein air ­ outdoor ­ painters to Deep Creek Lake in Western Maryland to experience the different "shades of winter."

In addition to the nine Emmy awards, MPT's senior correspondent for Direct Connection and State Circle was presented with 2002 Ted Yates award given by NATAS-DC. The award is given to area news broadcasters who are leaders in the profession. John Aubuchon is lead reporter for legislative coverage at Maryland Public Television, where he has worked since joining the station in 1996.

In his 30-year career, Aubuchon has covered stories ranging from the indictment, trial and conviction of a Maryland governor, to the war in Vietnam, to nuclear arms summits between Reagan and Gorbachev. He is a former White House correspondent and covered the Vietnam War for the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service. He is the past president of the National Press Club.

MPT CEO and President Robert Shuman said, "These awards represent the quality of our product and of those skilled individuals involved in MPT productions. MPT's continuing recognition by the industry is an honor."

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