PBS NewsHour Nominated for Two News & Documentary Emmy Awards

Washington, DC (July 26, 2017) — Questions for President Obama: A PBS NewsHour Special as well as NewsHour’s six-part series “The End of AIDS?” were nominated for the 38th annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards on Tuesday. The annual awards from The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will be presented on Thursday, October 5, 2017 in New York City at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall.

PBS NewsHour’s primetime special broadcast of Questions for President Obama – nominated in the Outstanding News Special category – was moderated by the late PBS NewsHour co-anchor and managing editor Gwen Ifill before an audience of nearly 100 residents of Elkhart, Indiana. Then-President Obama had campaigned there in 2008, winning the state’s 11 electoral votes, although the region solidly voted for Mitt Romney in 2012. With candidates for both major parties in the 2016 election decided, the PBS NewsHour special put skeptical citizens who had not supported the president in direct conversation with him.

Prior to the broadcast that evening, Ifill sat down for an exclusive interview with President Obama, which aired that night on PBS NewsHour.

Produced in collaboration with Science magazine and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, PBS NewsHour’s series “The End of AIDS?” brought viewers to six places throughout the world that represent 25% of the world’s HIV-infected population — highlighting the stunning successes already achieved, as well as the significant social, economic and political barriers that may keep the finish line beyond reach. The series – nominated in the Outstanding Science, Medical and Environmental Report category – included a digital component that shows the human faces behind the policies and leads viewers to the watch all six parts. In March 2017, it was named recipient of an Association of Health Care Journalists award in the Public Health (large) category.

About the PBS NewsHour

PBS NewsHour is seen by over four million weekly viewers and is also available online, via public radio in select markets, and via podcast. PBS NewsHour is a production of NewsHour Productions LLC, a wholly-owned non-profit subsidiary of WETA Washington, D.C., in association with WNET in New York. Major funding for PBS NewsHour is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS and public television viewers. Major corporate funding is provided by BNSF, with additional support from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the J. Paul Getty Trust, the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Lemelson Foundation, National Science Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Ford Foundation, Skoll Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Friends of the NewsHour and others. More information on PBS NewsHour is available at www.pbs.org/newshour. On social media, visit NewsHour on Facebook or follow @NewsHour on Twitter.