Awards

Congratulations to all our staff who were involved in the production of these award-winning programs!

Michigan Emmy Awards 2020

Health/Science – Program/Special
Great Lakes Now: The Forever Chemicals
Ed Moore
Sandra Svoboda
Rob Green

Documentary/Historical
Mackinac – Our Famous Island
Oliver Thornton
Matthew Stinson
Tina Brunn
Chad Schwartzenberger
Bob Berg
Daniel Alpert
Ivory Tree Media, LLC/WTVS

Historical/Cultural – Program/Special
Orchestra Hall – A Centennial Celebration: “Silence And Sound”
Oliver Thornton
Matthew Stinson
Tina Brunn
Chad Schwartzenberger
Bob Berg
Daniel Alpert
Ivory Tree Media, LLC/WTVS

Society of Professional Journalists Detroit Chapter Excellence in Journalism Awards 2020

Television

Automotive Reporting:

1st Place – One Detroit: Rivian
One Detroit Team

Community/Local News Reporting:

1st Place – Great Lakes Now: Fatbergs  
Rob Green, Matt Ilas, Bill Kubota, Will Glover
2nd Place – One Detroit: North Corktown 
One Detroit Team

Environment Reporting:

1st Place – Great Lakes Now: PFAS and Ann Arbor 
Sandra Svoboda, Rob Green, Paula Gardner, Bill Kubota
2nd Place – Great Lakes Now: Asian Carp 
Paul Dzendzel, Rob Green, Marie Gould, Jordan Wingrove

Feature Reporting:

1st Place – Wrecks Within Reach 
Sandra Svoboda, Rob Green, Zach Irving, Free Age Production
3rd Place – One Detroit: Almond Boneless Chicken 
One Detroit Team

Health Reporting:

1st Place – Saving Lives: Preventing Youth Suicide  
Mariellen Chynoweth

News Editing:

1st Place – One Detroit: Detroit Charter Commission
Jordan Wingrove
2nd Place – Great Lakes Now: PFAS and Zebrafish 
Rob Green, Kevin Leeser, Bill Kubota, Jordan Wingrove

News Special and Documentary:

1st Place – Great Lakes Now: Finding Impact 
Sandra Svoboda, Rob Green, Jordan Wingrove
2nd Place – Great Lakes Now: The Forever Chemicals 
Sandra Svoboda, Rob Green, Jordan Wingrove
3rd Place – Are the Kids All Right? American Black Journal and One Detroit Roadshow
One Detroit Team

Racial Justice Reporting:

1st Place – American Black Journal 50th Anniversary
One Detroit Team

Online

Community/Local News Reporting:

1st place – Growing Pains 
Lorraine Boissoneault

Digital-Media Presentation:

4th place – Landing Page for “The Forever Chemicals” documentary and related coverage 
Sandra Svoboda, DigiComm Team

Michigan Association of Broadcasters Broadcast Excellence Awards 2019

One Detroit: Facebook Watch Party

Use of New Media – Public Television: Best in Category

One Detroit: Our Commitment to You

Marketing Materials & Promos: Best in Category

Great Lakes Now: The Forever Chemicals

Mini-Documentary or Series: Best in Category

Great Lakes Now: The Forever Chemicals

News Special or Documentary: Best in Category

One Detroit

Community Involvement: Best in Category

Great Lakes Now

News or Public Affairs Special: Best in Category

Mackinac: Our Famous Island

Special Interest: Merit

The American Cycling League Championship Games at the Lexus Velodrome

Sports- Outdoor or Recreation: Merit

2019 NETA Award For Excellence in Education

We are proud to announce that Detroit Public Television’s work in local neighborhoods has been recognized as the best in public television.  Detroit PBS KIDS received the first-ever national NETA Award for Overall Excellence in Education.   The award – considered the highest award in public broadcasting — opened the NETA 2020 Conference, held in conjunction with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Thought Leader Forum in Arlington, Virginia.

Read more about the award >

2019 Governor’s Service Award

Gretchen Whitmer announced Detroit Public TV (DPTV) as the winner of a 2019 Governor’s Service Award as an Education Service Leader for its work in early childhood education, providing parents, educators and other caregivers with the skills and resources they need to prepare children for school and life.

Gov. Whitmer and the Michigan Community Service Commission selected 43 service award winners this year, which included individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations selected for their commitment to volunteerism, service or philanthropy.

Read more about the award >

Michigan Emmy Awards 2019

Beneath the Surface: Line 5 Pipeline in the Great Lakes

Ed Moore
Mary Ellen Geist

Saving the Willow Run Bomber Plant

Matthew Stinson
Tina Brunn
Chad Schwartzenberger

Tapping the Great Lakes

Matthew Stinson
Chad Schwartzenberger
Mary Ellen Geist

Preschool Matters! – Community/Public Service (PSA) – Campaign

Oliver Thornton
Tina Brunn
Chad Schwartzenberger

Society of Professional Journalists Detroit Chapter Excellence in Journalism Awards 2019

FIRST PLACE

Youth Mentoring at Islandview’s Church of the Messiah

Will Glover for Local News Reporting

Moving Costs at Detroit’s Bethune-Fitzgerald School

Bill Kubota for Education Reporting

Beneath the Surface: The Line 5 Pipeline in the Great Lakes

Mary Ellen Geist and Ed Moore for Environment Reporting

Returning Citizens to Work

Bill Kubota for General News Reporting:

American Black Journal Roadshow – African Americans: Telling Our Story

Daphne Hughes and Stephen Henderson for Racial Justice Reporting

SECOND PLACE

Detroit Designs the World

Jim Toscano, Ed Moore, Zosette Guir, Bill Kubota and Danny Gianino for Feature Reporting

Rich Homberg, President and CEO of Detroit Public Television

Lifetime Achievement Award

Michigan Association of Broadcasters Broadcast Excellence Awards 2018

One Detroit

Best News or Public Affairs Special
Thursdays 7:30pm ET

Detroit Performs

Best Cultural & Performing Arts
Tuesdays 7:30pm ET

Making It: Latino Students’ Pathways to College

Best Special Interest

The American Cycling League Championship Games at the Lexus Velodrome

Best Sports, Outdoor or Recreation
Fridays 9:30pm ET

Beneath the Surface: The Line 5 Pipeline in the Great Lakes 

News Special or Documentary – Merit

Detroit Public TV – WTVS

Station of the Year – Merit

 

The following programs air on DPTV and received recognition in the Independent Producer category:

Great Lakes Great Tastes 2018

Best in Category

Under The Radar Michigan

Merit
Thursdays 8:30pm ET

MAB Awards 2016 – 2017

WTVS-TV Detroit Public Television

Public Broadcasting Station of the Year

Digital Adventure

Community Involvement

Detroit Performs Series

Cultural Programming
Tuesday at 7:30pm ET

Beyond the Tap

News or Public Affairs Special

When I’m 65

News Special or Documentary

Learning in the Wild

Sports – Outdoor or Recreation

Il Volo: Una Notte Magica

Cultural & Performing Arts

One Detroit

Marketing Materials & Promos
Thursday at 7:30pm ET

American Black Journal

News or Public Affairs Series
Sunday at 9:30am ET / Wednesday at 7:30pm ET

Detroit Remember When: J.P. McCarthy, The Voice of Detroit

Special Interest Programming

MAB Awards 2015 – 2016

Detroit Performs

Cultural Programming
Tuesday at 7:30pm ET

Let’s Have Some Church Detroit Style

Independent Producer (Andrew Sacks)

Be School Smart

Community Involvement

Detroit Neighborhoods

Mini-Documentary or Series

MAB Awards 2014 – 2015

Detroit’s Anti-Blight Story

Best Public Television Mini-Documentary or Series

American Graduate: Community Town Hall

Best Public Television Special Interest Programming

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