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WOUB, Its Staff, & Storytelling Institute Garner 7 Regional Emmy Nominations

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Evan Shaw of WOUB Public Media and the Barbara Geralds Institute for Storytelling and Social Impact garnered 7 different Emmy Nominations today by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Ohio Valley Chapter.

Dr. Lynn Harter, the co-director of the Institute received two nominations and a Scripps College of Communication student Brett Maszczak was named in one category.

Multiple programs produced by WOUB and the Institute received recognition including Creative Abundance, Our Town: Pomeroy, a trailer for Going Gold (an upcoming documentary), and Sick, Tired and Behind Bars: Mental Illness in Ohio’s Prisons.

The documentaries Creative Abundance and Our Town: Pomeroy were both nominated in four categories.

The nominations were announced Monday afternoon in a program streamed live from Marshall University.

Emmys will be presented at a gala on August 6 at the Lawrenceburg  Event Center in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

Both Shaw and Harter have previously been awarded Emmys.  This is Maszczak’s first nomination.

Prior to this year, Shaw had received 19 nominations and 9 awards.  With these nominations, he now has received a total of 26 nominations in his young career.

Shaw was elated with the nominations.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to receive these nominations, it’s always a great feeling to be recognized by your peers in the industry,” Shaw says. “I also can’t even describe how happy I am that Our Town: Pomeroy was nominated.  Being able to make a film about my hometown, and then seeing that film nominated for an Emmy is absolutely a highlight of my career.”

“I work with some incredible people, and these nominations are just another example of the great team we have here at WOUB and the Storytelling Institute.  Lynn, Brett and I have developed an amazing chemistry, and it’s such an honor to work with them on meaningful projects like these.  I’m also very happy to see that WOUB and Ohio University continue to lead the way in quality storytellling about our region and our world,” Shaw adds.

“I’d also like to thank everyone who made these projects possible, including Tom Hodson, Mark Brewer, Scott Titsworth, the Creative Abundance Group, NAMI-Ohio, and the people of Meigs County.”

Harter also takes great pride in all the films including Creative Abundance, a documentary focusing on how art can redefine vocational opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.

“It was a privilege to narrate how the Creative Abundance Group is using art to enlarge communicative and vocational opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities.  It is an honor to have their story receive recognition in the form of Emmy nominations,” Harter says.

The overall nominations are in the following categories:

Societal Concerns: Sick, Tired and Behind Bars: Mental Illness in Ohio’s Prisons, WOUB, Evan Shaw

Documentary – Cultural/Topical: Creative Abundance, WOUB and Storytelling Institute, Evan Shaw and Lynn Harter

Documentary-Historical: Our Town Pomeroy, WOUB and Storytelling Institute, Evan Shaw

Director- Non-Live (Post Production), Composite (including Creative Abundance and Going Gold), WOUB and Storytelling Institute, Evan Shaw and Lynn Harter

Editor-Program, Composite (Creative Abundance, Our Town: Pomeroy, Going Gold), WOUB and Storytelling Institute: Evan Shaw

Photographer-Program, Composite (including: Creative Abundance, Our Town: Pomeroy, Going Gold , Sick, Tired and Behind Bars), WOUB and Storytelling Institute: Evan Shaw and Brett Maszczak

Audio:  Our Town-Pomeroy, WOUB and Storytelling Institute: Evan Shaw