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Chicago Tonight - Best Public Affairs Program; Ida B. Wells: A Chicago Stories Special - Best Documentary Program; and Phil Ponce inducted into the prestigious Silver Circle

For immediate release
Chicago, IL - December 5, 2021

This evening during the 63rd Annual Emmy Awards ceremony hosted by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), Chicago/Midwest Chapter, WTTW was recognized with three regional Emmy awards for 2020-2021, after receiving nine nominations in October. 

“We are grateful for the Academy’s recognition of Chicago Tonight for local news, Chicago Stories for documentary storytelling, lighting director Tom Godar, and Phil Ponce’s distinguished journalism career and contributions to newsmaking in our region,” said WTTW President & CEO Sandra Cordova Micek. “As a public media organization, it is our role to cover the issues and explore the stories that matter to the people in our city, region and beyond with independent, trusted, essential content. Through this work, we fulfill our purpose to enrich lives, engage communities, and inspire exploration.”

The 2020-2021 WTTW winners are: 

Outstanding Achievement for Public Affairs Program – Series
Chicago Tonight
Jay Smith, Senior Supervising Producer; Nicole Cardos, Crystin Immel, Senior Line Producers; Brandis Friedman, Paris Schutz, Co-Hosts and Correspondents;
Amanda Vinicky, Correspondent

Outstanding Achievement for Documentary Program – Historical
Ida B. Wells, A Chicago Stories Special
Dan Protess, Executive Producer; Stacy Robinson, Producer; Yasmin Rammohan, Associate Producer

Outstanding Crafts Achievement Off-Air – Lighting
Thomas Godar, Chicago Stories

In addition, Chicago Tonight Alexandra and John Nichols Chief Correspondent and Host Phil Ponce was part of a select group inducted into NATAS’s Silver Circle, a prestigious honor that recognizes professionals who have made significant contributions to the television industry and the community for 25 years or more. Over three decades, Phil’s work embodied the values of WTTW and public media as he provided essential, independent news and information about our city and region. NATAS will hold a ceremony for this year’s Silver Circle inductees on Thursday, May 13, 2022.

About WTTW
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, Chicago by ‘L’, 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.