On Monday night, PBS earned 17 News and Documentary Emmy Awards — more than any other network. PBS NewsHour took home two of those awards.
In the category of Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast, NewsHour won for “Who’s behind the Chinese takeover of world’s biggest pork producer?” — a collaborative report with the Center for Investigative Reporting. The broadcast examined how the Chinese government was involved in the acquisition of Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer. The company was acquired by a Chinese firm in 2013 for nearly $5 billion — more than the company’s market value. The surprising purchase led some lawmakers to wonder if there might be a hidden player.
In the category of Outstanding Investigative Journalism in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast, NewsHour won for “Hazardous Work: Diving into the Philippines’ Dangerous Underwater Mines.” Just before a record typhoon hit the Philippines, photographer Larry C. Price traveled there to document the dangerous and sometimes deadly way some poor Filipinos are making a living. Shortly after the typhoon hit, NewsHour visited the country. The report was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
You can watch NewsHour Foreign Affairs Editor Justin Kenny accept the Emmy on behalf of the NewsHour team.