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Chicago, IL - November 23, 2020

Last night during the 62nd Annual Emmy Awards ceremony hosted by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Chicago/Midwest Chapter, WTTW won two regional Emmy Awards for:

Outstanding Achievement for Public/Current/Community Affairs Programming – Program/Special: FIRSTHAND: CORONAVIRUS: Pat Odom, Producer; Anne Gleason, Dan Protess, Executive Producers; Jessica Martinaitis, Associate Producer. Watch FIRSTHAND: Coronavirus.

Outstanding Achievement for Public/Current/Community Affairs Programming – Series: FIRSTHAND: GUN VIOLENCE: Dan Protess, Producer; Anne Gleason, Executive Producer. Watch FIRSTHAND: Gun Violence.

Where conversations about the critical issues facing society can often devolve into stereotypes and shorthand, FIRSTHAND shows the stories of people facing these issues from a personal, firsthand perspective. FIRSTHAND: GUN VIOLENCE launched in November 2019 and FIRSTHAND: CORONAVIRUS launched in March 2020.

“We are grateful that the Academy chose to recognize FIRSTHAND,” said WTTW President &CEO Sandra Cordova Micek. “As a public media organization, it is our role to respond to the issues that matter most to the people in our city, region and beyond with trusted, essential content. Through this work, we fulfill our purpose to enrich lives, engage communities, and inspire exploration.”

WTTW is the PBS member station in Chicago, committed to creating and presenting unique media content across distinct television and digital channels – WTTW, WTTW Prime, WTTW Create, WTTW World, WTTW PBS Kids 24/7,, and the PBS/WTTW video app. Recognized for award-winning journalism and local productions – such as CHICAGO TONIGHT, BLACK AND LATINO VOICES, THE GREAT CHICAGO FIRE, CHICAGO BY ‘L’, CHECK, PLEASE!; digital-first series FIRSTHAND, URBAN NATURE, and FOODPHILES; and national productions PREHISTORIC ROAD TRIP and NATURE CAT – WTTW presents the very best in public affairs, arts and culture, nature and science, history and documentary, and children’s public media content. Connect with WTTW on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.