Nine Network Is Recognized for Its Commitment to Youth

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2016 Emmy Awards reflect the Nine Network’s commitment and connection to the community it serves.

St. Louis, MO — October 14, 2016 — Emmy awards from the Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences were presented to Nine Network producers and staff for outstanding community service and local programs that showcase St. Louis and address important regional issues. The 40th Mid-America Emmy® awards ceremony was held in Branson, MO, on October 1.

“We are honored to be recognized for the quality of our work, but our real mission is to tell the stories of our community and inspire the spirit of possibility in our viewing audience. Our work would not be possible without the support of the community, our partner organizations, and friends,” says Jack Galmiche, president and CEO of the Nine Network of Public Media. “These valuable community partnerships enable us to share stories of our region’s challenges and celebrate its achievements.”

The Nine Network was recognized with the Community Service Emmy for its extensive work on the American Graduate initiative. The Community Service Emmy recognizes excellence in programming involving the entire company in a continuing effort to focus interest on, and marshal support for, a worthy, community cause. Through American Graduate, the Nine Network has brought regional partners together to focus on issues and solutions that affect young people from cradle to career. The Nine Network staff recognized were Amy Shaw, senior vice president of engagement and content; Anne-Marie Berger, senior producer/director; and Shelly Williams, director of the American Graduate initiative.

The Nine Network’s documentary Works in Progress, produced as part of the American Graduate initiative, was awarded an Emmy in the public/current/community affairs program or special category. It offers glimpses into the lives of five young people in the St. Louis metro area. The documentary weaves together their individual stories with the broad issues of economic and educational disparity often tied to race and class. Nine Network sought the guidance of partners to help find the stories of the young people featured in the film and it was this film that led to the creation of Nine’s Gentlemen of Vision documentary. The Nine Network staff recognized were Amy Shaw senior vice president of engagement and content; Jim Kirchherr, senior director of content; and independent producers Frank Popper and Lori Dowd.

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The Nine Network also received two Emmys for its science programming. The awarding-winning programs are the Brain Works special, which narrates a couple’s life from the perspective of their brains, and the “Arch Stains Report” on the Nine Network’s SciTech Now series, a story of how engineers, metallurgists, and others inspected and tested staining on the Gateway Arch’s exterior panels.

About the Nine Network of Public Media
The Nine Network of Public Media is a network of individuals and organizations empowered by public media to strengthen civic life. One of the nation’s most watched public television stations, Nine offers the people of the St. Louis region multiple ways to explore the world and become engaged in civic life. Nine’s platforms include four distinct broadcast channels (Nine PBS, Nine World, Nine Create and Nine Kids), the Nine Center for Public Engagement, the Public Media Commons, social media, and multiple websites accessible at The Nine Network’s rich legacy of serving the community was launched in 1954 and continues through our vision of a strong and healthy community working together through public media and our mission of igniting the spirit of possibility.

About American Graduate
American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen is public media’s long-term commitment to supporting community-based solutions to help keep youth on the track to a high school diploma and beyond. Supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), more than 128 public radio and television stations have joined forces with more than 1,700 partners and at-risk schools across 48 states and one territory. National partners include Alma and Colin Powell's America's Promise Alliance, Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Education, Alliance for Excellent Education, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Newman’s Own Foundation. With engagement of the community and content that educates, informs and inspires, public radio and television stations are important resources in helping young people succeed in communities across the country.

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