Las Vegas PBS Receives Three 2021 Emmy Awards

Vegas PBS is delighted to share that three of its original programs have each won a Pacific Southwest Emmy Award. These accolades are a testament to Vegas PBS’ dedication to excellence and to serving Southern Nevada even through the most difficult of times.

Although learning had to be remote for most of 2020, Vegas PBS’ commitment to delivering educational content was unhindered. The long-running Vegas PBS KIDS Writers Contest Presented by Janice Allen was adapted to a broadcast special featuring animation that brought children’s illustrations to life.

Vegas PBS STEAM Camp, a new program which premiered in July 2020, is a multi-platform series that fosters positive attitudes and perceptions about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) in children ages 6-8 through real-life applications in Southern Nevada.

Community mental health and well-being was also at the forefront for Vegas PBS. The survivors and loved ones of October 1 victims were typically able to find solace through in-person gatherings, but that was not feasible during 2020.  #VegasStrong: Connecting During COVID-19 examined the challenges this community faced during lockdowns and provided information on available services.

“These awards demonstrate that above all, Vegas PBS is a station that prioritizes its local community,” said Mary Mazur, President and General Manager of Vegas PBS. “Even when we are physically apart, public television can be the link that keeps us together.”

In addition to the three Emmy Awards, several other original programs from Vegas PBS have received recognition from the Telly Awards and other renowned film festivals.

All of the winning and nominated programs can be viewed at vegaspbs.org. Below is a detailed list of awards received by Vegas PBS original programs and respective winners.

2021 Pacific Southwest Emmys
• Arts/Entertainment – Short or Long Format
VEGAS PBS KIDS Writers Contest Presented by Janice Allen, Jeremy Helal, Jessica Russell
• Informational/Instructional
Vegas PBS STEAM Camp, Jeremy Helal, Jessica Russell
• Public Affairs Program 
#VegasStrong: Connecting During COVID-19, Kathy Topp, Mitch Truswell, Adam McCarthy

2021 Telly Awards
• Branded Content, Beauty, Fashion and Lifestyle
The Showgirl: A Las Vegas Icon, Heather Caputo
• Branded Content, Use of Music
The Showgirl: A Las Vegas Icon, Heather Caputo
• Television, Documentary
The Showgirl: A Las Vegas Icon, Heather Caputo
• Television, Editing
The Showgirl: A Las Vegas Icon, Yoan Herrera
• Television, Education & Discovery
Vegas PBS STEAM Camp, Jeremy Helal, Jessica Russell
• Television, History
The Showgirl: A Las Vegas Icon, Heather Caputo
• Television, Information
#Vegas Strong:  Connecting During COVID-19, Kathy Topp, Mitch Truswell, Adam McCarthy

The Communicator Awards
• Award of Excellence — The Showgirl: A Las Vegas Icon

Bare Bones International Film and Music Festival
• Legacy Award — The Showgirl: A Las Vegas Icon

Muskogee Film Festival
Best in Show — The Showgirl: A Las Vegas Icon

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