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PBS Programs Lead News and Documentary Emmys® with 48 Nominations
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For the seventh consecutive year, PBS programs have earned more News & Documentary Emmy® Award Nominations than any organization, with 48 nominations. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced the nominees on Thursday August 6, 2020. The awards honor programming distributed during the 2019 calendar year. 

PBS programs receiving nominations include FRONTLINE (15), INDEPENDENT LENS (8), PBS NEWSHOUR (7), POV (8), NATURE (3) and NOVA (3), among others. A complete list of PBS nominations is below. 

The 41st News & Documentary Emmy® Awards will be presented on September 21st and 22nd during two live-stream ceremonies. To see the full list of nominees, please click here.

Congratulations to all PBS programs and producers!

PBS Nominees

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Outstanding Historical Documentary

 

COLLEGE BEHIND BARS

Outstanding Social Issue Documentary

Outstanding Sound

 

FRONTLINE “Ebola in Congo”

Outstanding Video Journalism: News

 

FRONTLINE “Coal's Deadly Dust”

Outstanding Investigative Report in a Newsmagazine

Best Story in a Newsmagazine

 

FRONTLINE “Fire in Paradise”

Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary

 

FRONTLINE “Flint's Deadly Water”

Outstanding Investigative Documentary

 

FRONTLINE “In the Age of AI”

Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary

 

FRONTLINE “Iraq's Secret Sex Trade”

Outstanding Investigative Report in a Newsmagazine

Best Story in a Newsmagazine

 

FRONTLINE “Kids Caught in the Crackdown”

Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Newsmagazine

 

FRONTLINE “On the President's Orders”

Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary

 

FRONTLINE “Predator on the Reservation”

Outstanding Investigative Documentary

 

FRONTLINE “Rule The World”

Outstanding Promotional Announcement

 

FRONTLINE “Supreme Revenge”

Outstanding Historical Documentary

 

FRONTLINE “Targeting Yemen”

Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Newsmagazine

 

FRONTLINE “Zero Tolerance”

Outstanding Writing

 

Independent Lens “Charm City”

Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary

 

Independent Lens “Made in Boise”

Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary

 

Independent Lens “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World”

Outstanding Arts and Culture Documentary

 

Independent Lens “The Interpreters”

Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary

 

Independent Lens “The King”

Outstanding Historical Documentary

Best Documentary

 

Independent Lens “Wrestle”

Outstanding Editing: Documentary

Outstanding Social Issue Documentary

 

Nature “Okavango: River of Dreams – Paradise”

Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary

 

Nature “The Serengeti Rules”

Outstanding Nature Documentary

Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary

 

NOVA “The Planets”

Outstanding Science and Technology Documentary

Outstanding Graphic Design and Art Direction

 

NOVA “The Violence Paradox”

Outstanding Science and Technology Documentary

 

PBS NewsHour “Inside the Honduran Migrant Crisis”

Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Newscast

 

PBS NewsHour “Making Her Own Sound: Redefining Who Can Be A Musician”

Outstanding Arts, Culture or Entertainment Report

 

PBS NewsHour “Stopping A Killer Pandemic”

Outstanding Science, Medical or Environmental Report

 

PBS NewsHour “The Opaque Operations Involved in Fighting the Taliban”

Outstanding Hard News Feature Story in a Newscast

 

PBS NewsHour “The Mueller Report, Explained”

Outstanding News Discussion & Analysis

 

PBS NewsHour “Warnings from Antarctica”

Outstanding Science, Medical or Environmental Report

 

PBS NewsHour “Why the Caliphate’s fall is a ‘milestone’ but not the end for ISIS”

Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a Newscast

 

POV “306 Hollywood”

Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary

Outstanding Music Composition

 

POV “Farmsteaders”

Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary

 

POV “Grit”

Outstanding Sound

 

POV “Midnight Traveler”

Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary

 

POV “The Distant Barking of Dogs”

Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary

 

POV “The Silence of Others”

Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary

Best Documentary

 

WHEN WHALES WALKED: JOURNEYS IN DEEP TIME

Outstanding Graphic Design and Art Direction