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WETA Earns Three National Capital Emmy Nominations for “Washington in the ’70s”

Community Public Broadcaster Recognized for Documentary on Local History

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS-NCCB) has recognized WETA, the leading public broadcasting station in the nation’s capital, with three National Capital Emmy nominations for the production Washington in the ‘70s. Honors will be awarded by NATAS-NCCB at The 53rd EMMY® Awards on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

 “WETA is very proud of Washington in the ‘70s,” commented Sharon Percy Rockefeller, president and CEO of WETA. “As the source for compelling television in Greater Washington, WETA is dedicated to delivering high-quality local programming and is delighted the local television staff has been recognized by these special nominations.”

WETA received the following nominations for Washington in the ‘70s, a one-hour documentary which charts the District's rise from the ashes of the 1968 riots to its emergence as a world-class city, featuring first-hand accounts from those who shaped the events of the time. 

 ·         Documentary – Historical (Category #24B), Simon Epstein, WETA Producer/Writer and Jacqueline Todt, WETA Executive Producer

 ·         Audio – (Category 34) Antonio Pacheco, WETA Audio Engineer

 ·         Editor – Program (Non-News) (Category 38), Doug Johncox, WETA Editor

“A key part of our mission is to highlight the region and deliver local programming that is entertaining, educational and informative,” said Kevin Harris, vice president and television station manager at WETA. “It is great we were recognized for our collective work to make a quality program such as Washington in the ‘70s.”

WETA Television and Classical WETA 90.9 FM are public broadcasting stations serving the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia with high-quality programming. Classical WETA 90.9 FM brings classical music, concerts and specials to Greater Washington. As the leading PBS station in the nation’s capital, WETA Television broadcasts on four channels: WETA TV 26, WETA HD, WETA Kids and WETA Create. WETA Television celebrates the people and history of this region through programs such as WETA All Access, WETA Around Town and WETA Extras. For national PBS audiences, WETA produces PBS NewsHour; Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal; films by Ken Burns such as The Tenth Inning and upcoming Prohibition; and performance specials from the White House, the U.S. Capitol and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Embracing the educational mission of public broadcasting, WETA creates leading public service websites such as, and; and develops community outreach programs to engage people of all ages in the joy of lifelong learning. WETA’s headquarters is located in Arlington, Virginia. Sharon Percy Rockefeller is president and CEO. More information on WETA and its programs and services is available at 


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