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PBS Reno Earns Record-Number Nine Communicator Awards



RENO, NV (MAY 15, 2023)The international Communicator Awards has recognized PBS Reno and the variety of rich content it produces with a record-number nine Communicator Awards in 2023.

“We are so proud of our talented team that has earned this recognition from our industry peers,” said Kurt Mische, PBS Reno President & CEO. “Never before in PBS Reno’s 40-year history have we earned so many international Communicator Awards in a single year for our work that tells the stories of our great community.”

The accolades include:

2023 Communicator Award of Excellence

  • Spotlight – Extraordinary Philanthropist of the Year: The Carano Family
  • Wild Nevada Memories Episode 5
  • Classical Tahoe Episode 206: Brubeck Brothers Quartet
  • STEM Works: Wood Rodgers
  • STEM Works: Hamilton Medical
  • PBS Reno Fund-a-Need

2023 Communicator Award of Distinction – Film/Video – Documentary

  • ARTEFFECTS – Janna Ireland
  • ARTEFFECTS – Dustin Howard
  • ARTEFFECTS – Jackie Shelton

“I am extremely proud of the team that we have here at PBS Reno,” said Megan Myers, PBS Reno Vice President of Content. “Our entire staff does remarkable work, day in and day out and it is a notable achievement to have our industry peers recognize this station for the quality work we do. I am truly humbled to work alongside such talented and creative individuals.”

The PBS Reno Spotlight Awards and Auction celebrates the philanthropic work of several members of the community. In 2022, the Carano Family was recognized as Extraordinary Philanthropists of the Year. 

Wild Nevada Memories was produced during the height of the COVID pandemic and gave fans new insight from Wild Nevada hosts Chris Orr and Dave Santina, along with other production members, who revisited original episodes with behind-the-scenes perspective. 

ARTEFFECTS is currently in its 8th season, having launched in 2016 on PBS Reno. More than 130 locally-produced segments featuring local artists and arts organizations have been picked up for national distribution, providing numerous regions with positive exposure to northern and central Nevada.

The PBS Reno series Classical Tahoe features the Classical Tahoe summertime concerts, which bring together dozens of musicians to perform classical music in the Lake Tahoe area. Look for a new season in the summer of 2023.

STEM Works is PBS Reno’s first “digital only” series that features professionals in local companies based in STEM who describe what their jobs are like, and how young people can get involved with incredible careers in the northern Nevada region.

“PBS Reno is honored to be recognized with a Communicator Award for our STEM Works Digital Shorts series,” said Diane Barrett, PBS Reno Community Partnership Executive. “We believe we’ve discovered the “special sauce” to get kids excited about pursuing job opportunities in STEM. It’s so important to show our youth diversity in STEM industries and to highlight these jobs are achievable for everyone. Each STEM employee PBS Reno has interviewed has taken a unique path to get to where they are today, and it doesn’t always follow a traditional four-year college.”


About The Communicator Awards

The Communicator Awards is the leading international creative awards program honoring creative excellence for communication professionals. Founded over two decades ago, it is an annual competition honoring the best in advertising, corporate communications, public relations and identity work for print, video, interactive and audio. The Communicator Awards are judged and overseen by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA). Learn more here.


About PBS Reno

As of February 2023, PBS Reno Channel 5.1 is watched weekly by more than 98,377 people in approximately 67,400 households in northern and central Nevada and northeastern California, with viewership on multicast channels Reno Create 5.2 and PBS KIDS Reno 5.3. PBS Reno channels are also available on cable, satellite services, and via livestream on YouTube TV. PBS Reno provides PBS national programming and award-earning, locally-produced content, with many local segments posted weekly to PBS Reno’s YouTube Channel. provides engaging interactive content, including the video portal at that streams all locally-produced content and most PBS national content. PBS Reno serves students, teachers, parents and caregivers through immersive educational services including Curiosity Classroom Workshops that bring classroom lessons to life with standards-based lessons and activities. Through the support of local corporations and foundations, as well as thousands of individual members, PBS Reno has been delivering public television and educational services to the communities it serves since 1983.

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