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PBS Reno Receives Four Gold Communicator Awards of Excellence

RENO, NV (July 23, 2020) – PBS Reno is proud to announce that two of its local productions, ARTEFFECTS and The Work of Art documentary series, have earned four 2020 Gold Communicator Awards of Excellence and two 2020 Telly Awards, capping off an exciting year of local productions and educational outreach in northern Nevada and surrounding communities.

PBS Reno won three Gold Communicator Awards of Excellence for three stories featured in ARTEFFECTS, which has shined a light on local artists and arts organizations since 2016. The winning segments feature vintage sign painter Derek McDonaldof Golden West Sign Arts; Joe Ness, whose videography adorns Peppermill Resort Spa Casino interiors via Windows of the World; and the Solace Tree, a local non-profit that helps grief-stricken children heal through artist expression.

More than 50 local segments have been picked up for national distribution among other PBS member stations that produce arts content. This means the series has resulted in increased nationwide exposure to the arts in Reno/Sparks and surrounding communities across the United States. Locally-produced segments have been broadcast in Sacramento, Salt Lake City, New York, Boston, Detroit and Cleveland, just to name a few.

“The arts community here is amazing and has endless talent,” 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 phenomenal storytellers Guinivere Clark, Rebecca Cronon and Martin Szillat, led by Dave Santina. Each content creator brings a unique perspective to the stories they tell and this resonates with audiences. 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.”

PBS Reno also earned a Gold Communicator Award of Excellence for The Work of Art: Reno Phil, the latest in its series based on a concept appearing in the book The Work of Art: Creativity and the Work Ethic by Tim Jones and published by Black Rock Press. The Work of Art: Reno Philcaptures the process of celebrating the Reno Phil’s 50th anniversary with the creation of a special composition created by Emmy-nominated composer, Zhou Tian.

The Work of Art: Reno Phil also earned a 2020 Silver Telly Award, while the ARTEFFECTS series earned a 2020 Bronze Telly Award.

“PBS Reno has a long history of producing more and better content than should be expected from a station of its size,” said Dave Santina, PBS Reno Director of Local Content. “We’re thrilled that the Communicator Awards chose to honor the station’s content team and extend the PBS Reno legacy of award-winning work.”

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 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 January 2020, PBS Reno is watched by more than 122,000 people and more than 79,000 households weekly in northern and central Nevada and northeastern California, with additional 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 that 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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