PBS wins nine News and Doc Emmy Awards

Pubcaster PBS led the winners at the 2012 News and Doc Emmy Awards, picking up nine statuettes including the outstanding documentary award for director Lixin Fan's Last Train Home (pictured).
October 2, 2012

PBS led the winners at the 33rd annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards, which were handed out by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at a gala in New York City last night (October 1).

The pubcaster picked up nine awards, including outstanding documentary and outstanding business and economic reporting in long-form for director Lixin Fan’s ‘POV’ doc Last Train Home. The documentary strand, which marked its 25th year on air this year, also won a long-form journalism award for Enemies of the People and one for continuing coverage of a news story in long-form for Where Soldiers Come From.

ABC and CBS News each won seven Emmys, while NBC News scored three and CNN and CNN/I, Discovery Channel and HBO each won two. National Geographic Channel, Science Channel, Showtime, Smithsonian Channel,, The New York Times, and the Council on Foreign Relations/MediaStorm each took home one award.

Other doc winners included Showtime for director Amir Bar-Lev’s The Tillman Story in the informational programming in long-form category; HBO Documentary Films for Eugene Jarecki’s Reagan for outstanding historical programming in long-form; PBS doc strand ‘Independent Lens’ for C. Scott Willis’ The Woodmans for outstanding arts and culture programming; Smithsonian Channel for Decoding Immortality for outstanding science and technology programming; and PBS ‘Nature’ for My Life as a Turkey in the nature programming category.

In the interactive news and doc categories, took home the new approaches to news and documentary award for its website Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience, and The New York Times Magazine won the award for new approaches to arts, lifestyle and culture news and documentary for Touch of Evil, a video gallery of cinematic villainy directed by Alex Prager.

Check out the full list of winners here.

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