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PBS Wins 14 News and Documentary Emmy Awards

September 30, 2021

By Madisson Haynes

PBS has won 14 2021 Emmy Awards, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced September 28! Additionally, this marks FRONTLINE's 100th News & Documentary Emmys® win to date.  

PBS led all networks in nominations for the 42nd annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards, according to The Emmys website. PBS landed 52 nominations overall, including for FRONTLINE, Independent Lens, POV, NOVA, PBS NewsHour and Nature. 

National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences said over 2,200 submissions were entered from 2020 content. CNN received the next highest number of nominations, 41. 

FRONTLINE landed the most nominations overall with 19. See a full list of PBS's Emmy nominees below. You can watch these videos and more on the PBS Video App.

List of Winners

Taliban Country |Outstanding Video Journalism: News

FRONTLINE

Love, Life & The Virus |Best Story in a Newsmagazine

FRONTLINE

The Luanda Leaks|Outstanding Investigative Report in a Newsmagazine

FRONTLINE

Desperate Journey | Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Newscast

PBS NewsHour

Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos | Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary

FRONTLINE

Once Upon A Time In Iraq | Outstanding Historical Documentary

FRONTLINE

Belly of the Beast | Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary

Independent Lens

Feels Good Man | Outstanding Research: Documentary

Arizona PBS Previews

The Love Bugs | Outstanding Short Documentary

PBS Short Film Festival

The Rescue List | Outstanding Social Issue Documentary

POV

Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool | Outstanding Arts and Culture Documentary

American Masters

Primates | Outstanding Music Composition

Nature

News and Documentary Nominees

Below is a preview of a few of the Emmy nominees

Love, Life & The Virus | Outstanding Feature Story in a Newsmagazine

FRONTLINE

Love, Life and the Virus

Follow a mother’s fight to survive COVID and see her newborn baby.

Belly of the Beast | Best Documentary, Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary

Independent Lens

Trailer | Belly of the Beast

Two women investigate a shocking pattern of illegal sterilizations in women’s prisons.

Building the American Dream | Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary

VOCES

Trailer | Building the American Dream

Follow immigrant families rising up to seek justice in an industry rife with exploitation.

Nature's Fear Factor | Outstanding Nature Documentary

NOVA

Nature's Fear Factor

Can bringing predators—and fear—back into an ecosystem help restore its natural balance?

Rewind | Outstanding Social Issue Documentary, Outstanding Direction: Documentary

Independent Lens

Trailer | Rewind

Rewind paints a vivid but hopeful portrait of a family plagued by a cycle of abuse.

Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos |Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary, Outstanding Promotional Announcement

FRONTLINE

Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos

FRONTLINE examines Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ rise & the global impact of the empire he built.

Full List of Nominees

Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Newscast

 

Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Newsmagazine

 

Outstanding Feature Story in a Newsmagazine

 

Outstanding Investigative Report in a Newsmagazine

  • FRONTLINE in partnership with The International Consortium ofInvestigative Journalists, "The Luanda Leaks" (PBS)

 

Outstanding Health or Medical Coverage

 

Best Documentary

 

Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary

Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary

 

Outstanding Social Issue Documentary

 

Outstanding Investigative Documentary 

 

Outstanding Historical Documentary

 

Outstanding Arts and Culture Documentary

 

Outstanding Science and Technology Documentary

 

Outstanding Nature Documentary

 

Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary

 

Outstanding Short Documentary

  • FRONTLINE in partnership with The Marshall Project, World Channel, "Tutwiler" (PBS)
  • POV Shorts, "The Love Bugs" (PBS)

 

Outstanding Writing: Documentary

 

Outstanding Direction: Documentary

 

Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary

 

Outstanding Research Documentary

 

Outstanding Editing, Documentary

 

Outstanding Graphic Design and Art Direction: Documentary

 

Outstanding Music Composition

 

Outstanding Sound

 

Outstanding Promotional Announcement

 

 

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