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WETA Production "Washington Week" Wins National Capital Emmy 2010 Board of Governors Award

Special Award Recognizes Outstanding Achievement by PBS's Longest-Running Public Affairs Series

WHAT:    WETA’s weekly public affairs series Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal has been recognized by the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS-NCCB) with the 2010 Board of Governors Award.  The award, as described by NATAS-NCCB, “reaches beyond those usually awarded for television news and production.  This award recognizes achievements by individuals, organizations or companies in community service or other worthwhile endeavors within the National Capital Chesapeake Bay’s region.  Historically, the Board of Governors Award is presented for truly outstanding achievement and unique accomplishment of some duration and durability.”

WHO:    Washington Week was created in 1967 as a local program by WETA, the flagship public broadcaster in the nation’s capital, and has always been characterized by depth, balance and civil discourse.  It began to air nationally in 1969 on what was then the new Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).  The journalists who cover the halls of power in Washington gather each Friday evening to report and analyze the news of the day and its impact on the lives of Americans across the country.  In 2006, Washington Week formed an editorial partnership with National Journal, the respected news weekly, which provides its editorial depth to the program and website.  Last year, Washington Week was honored with the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for its coverage of the 2008 presidential election, which included a special series of road shows in eight cities across the country.  Washington Week is seen each Friday night on more than 300 PBS stations nationwide and on WETA TV 26 in Washington, D.C. at 8 p.m.  Moderator Gwen Ifill is one of the country’s most esteemed journalists.  In addition to her role at the helm of Washington Week, Ifill is also a senior correspondent for PBS NewsHour.  In her 25 years in journalism, she has also worked for NBC News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun and The Boston Herald American, covering such beats as Congress and the White House.  Additionally, she is the best-selling author of The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama (Doubleday, 2009).

WHEN:    Washington Week will be presented the 2010 Board of Governors Award by NATAS-NCCB as part of The 52nd EMMY® Awards on Saturday, June 5, 2010.

WHERE:  The Ritz-Carlton, 1150 22nd Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal
is a production of WETA Washington, D.C., in association with National Journal.  The senior producer is Chris Guarino.  Executive producers are Jeff Bieber and Dalton Delan.  The Producer is Alla Lora.  Major funding for Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal is provided by Boeing, Exxon Mobil, Pepsi-Cola, Constellation Energy, The Annenberg Foundation, the Ethics & Excellence Journalism Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  For more information about Washington Week, and for online features such as the weekly blog “Gwen’s Take” with insight and analysis from the moderator, visit the series website at pbs.org/washingtonweek.

WETA Washington, D.C., is the third-largest producing station for public television.  WETA’s other productions and co-productions include the critically acclaimed PBS NewsHour; the In Performance at the White House and The Kennedy Center Presents performance series; and documentaries by filmmaker Ken Burns, including the premiere this fall of BASEBALL: The Tenth Inning.  More information on WETA and its programs and services is available at www.weta.org.

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