PBS NewsHour’s “Stopping A Killer Pandemic” Named News & Documentary Emmy Award Recipient

Arlington, VA (September 22, 2020) — PBS NewsHour’s three-part series “Stopping a Killer Pandemic” was named the recipient of the News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Science, Medical and Environmental Report. The award was presented by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences during the virtual awards ceremony on Monday, September 21.

The series, which aired in June 2019, explored the potential threat of a likely flu pandemic and the advances in medical research leading to a solution. 

PBS NewsHour received seven News & Documentary Emmy Award nominations in total for 2019 reporting.

Stopping A Killer Pandemic

Part One: Why another flu pandemic is likely just a matter of when

Part Two: Why the race to stop the next flu outbreak starts at state fairs and the beach

Part Three: A universal flu vaccine could finally be within sight

Despite the availability of vaccines, the flu still kills tens of thousands of people in the U.S. each year, and hundreds of thousands more worldwide. But public health officials fear that an even graver threat lies ahead: the emergence of a new, much more deadly flu virus. As correspondent William Brangham reports, the scenario has occurred before.

Correspondent: William Brangham 

Producers and Editors: Jason Kane, Rachel Wellford and Courtney Norris

Producer: Maea Lenei Buhre

Digital Science Producer: Nsikan Akpan

Camera: Devin Pinckard

Senior Producers: Murrey Jacobson, Patti Parson and Emily Carpeaux

Executive Producer: Sara Just