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PBS Reno Productions Win 2021 Telly Awards

RENO, NV (Jun. 10, 2021) – PBS Reno is proud to announce two of its local productions, ARTEFFECTS and Wild Nevada, have earned a total of five Telly Awards in 2021.

“PBS Reno is an overachiever when it comes to producing relevant, excellent programs and series,” said Kurt Mische, PBS Reno President & CEO. “There is nothing as satisfying as recognition from peers, and to see our team’s work recognized in this way makes all of us very proud. It is yet another way PBS Reno serves its community.”

ARTEFFECTS and its locally-produced segments highlighting Tina VinesThe Art of Comedy, and The Art of Fly Tying earned a Silver Telly in the Television Documentary Series category.

Two episodes from Season 5 of Wild Nevada received recognition in the Television General Travel & Tourism category: Goldfield to Tonopah (episode 506) earned a Silver Telly and River to River (episode 501) earned a Bronze Telly.

“The PBS Reno community is amazing and has endless talent in the arts and the best landscape for us to explore and uncover hidden treasures,” said Megan Myers, PBS Reno Vice President of Content and Marketing. “At PBS Reno, we are proud to tell these stories to our community and far beyond. We are blessed to have a team of phenomenal storytellers and producers Guinivere Clark, Rebecca Cronon, Chris Orr, Dave Santina, and Martin Szillat. It’s great to see our producers acknowledged in such a way, and an honor for the station to be recognized by our peers with accolades for the hard work these producers do.”

Wild Nevada debuted on PBS Reno in 2000 and for five seasons, hosts Chris Orr and Dave Santina have taken viewers across Nevada for journeys to breathtaking vistas, gorgeous bodies of water, and spectacular skies found only in the Silver State. Wild Nevada is available for distribution by American Public Television, and the series is seen in Los Angeles, Houston, San Francisco Bay Area, Atlanta, Tampa, Phoenix, Seattle, Miami, and Denver, among other regions. To learn more about the series, click here.

ARTEFFECTS is PBS Reno’s most award-winning series to date. Since the series debuted in 2016, 90 local segments have been picked up for national distribution among other PBS member stations, resulting in increased nationwide exposure to the arts in Reno/Sparks and surrounding communities. Locally-produced segments have been broadcast in Sacramento, Salt Lake City, New York, Boston, Detroit and Cleveland, just to name a few. To learn more about the series and its team of producers, click here.

“These awards underscore the consistent quality of PBS Reno productions,” said Dave Santina, PBS Reno Director of Local Content. “This is a testament to the dedication of the content team and the organizational commitment to telling the stories of this region. It’s exciting to know that those stories are reaching viewers across the U.S. and worldwide via digital platforms.”

About the Telly Awards

The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 to honor excellence in local, regional and cable television commercials with non-broadcast video and television programming added soon after. With the recent evolution and rise of digital video (web series, VR, 360 and beyond), the Telly Awards today also reflects and celebrates this exciting new era of the moving image on and offline. The Telly Awards annually showcases the best work created within television and across video, for all screens. Receiving over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents, Telly Award winners represent work from some of the most respected advertising agencies, television stations, production companies and publishers from around the world. Learn more here.

About PBS Reno

As of November 2020, PBS Reno is watched by more than 124,000 people and more than 85,000 households weekly in northern and central Nevada and northeastern California, with viewership on multicast channels Reno Create and PBS KIDS Reno. PBS Reno channels are also available on cable, satellite services, and via livestream on YouTube TV. PBS Reno provides PBS national programming and award-winning, locally-produced content. provides engaging interactive content, including the video portal at watch.PBSReno.orgthat streams all locally-produced content and most PBS national content. PBS Reno serves students, teachers, parents and caregivers through immersive educational services including Ready To Learn Workshops that bring classroom lessons to life. Through the support of local corporations and foundations, as well as individual members, PBS Reno has been delivering public television and educational services to the communities it serves since 1983.

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