KQED Wins Two Northern California Emmy® Awards

The KQED Arts & Culture and Science teams receive Emmy Awards for the second consecutive year.

San Francisco, CA -- KQED has been honored with two Northern California Emmy® awards by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). The 49th Emmy® ceremony, held Saturday, June 6, for the first time virtually via livestream, honored excellence in all fields of television and online production.

KQED Arts & Culture received an Emmy for “Portraits of Napa Workers: Arlene Correa Valencia” in the Public/Current/Community Affairs-Feature/Segment category. The video features Mexican artist Arleene Correa Valencia, who strives to show the resilience and tireless work ethic of her Latinx community. The episode is part of KQED Arts’ Represent series, which profiles artists who celebrate and uplift the experiences of their communities.

“I’m thrilled that KQED Arts & Culture has once again been recognized by the Northern California Emmys for our work and commitment to the Bay Area’s diverse artistic communities,” said David Markus, Executive in Charge for KQED Arts & Culture.

KQED Science’s Deep Look won an Emmy award for “The Curious Webspinner Insect Knits a Cozy Home” in the Health/Science/Environment-Feature/Segment category. The video showed how female webspinners build their own shelter with super-fine silk from their front feet. A collaboration between KQED Science and PBS, the Deep Look series explores some of nature’s biggest mysteries by going incredibly small.

“I’m so proud of our Deep Look team for their fourth Emmy win and their dedication to producing quality educational programming,” said Sue Ellen McCann, Executive in Charge of KQED Science.

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Other KQED nominations included “Jonathan Calm Revisits ‘Green Book’ Locations in Search of America’s Past and Present,” which is also part of KQED Arts & Culture’s Represent series. The video features photographer Jonathan Calm revisiting sites mentioned in The Negro Motorist Green Book, a guidebook published between 1936 and 1966 that alerted African Americans to sites that were safe to visit during the Jim Crow era. Deep Look was also nominated for “Kidnapper Ants Steal Other Ants' Babies - and Brainwash Them,” which features a type of ant that raids the nests of other ants, kidnapping their babies and claiming them as their own.

Award Winners
“Portraits of Napa Workers: Arleene Correa Valencia” Kelly Whalen, producer; Armando Aparicio, director/director of photography; Elie Khadra, editor

“This Curious Webspinner Insect Knits a Cozy Home” Gabriela V. Quiros, coordinating producer; Craig Rosa, series producer; Jenny Oh, producer/writer/editor; Joshua Cassidy, cinematographer; Kia Simon, editor/motion graphics; Seth Samuel, composer; Shirley Gutierrez, sound mix/video mastering

Nominated
“Jonathan Calm Revisits 'Green Book' Locations in Search of America's Past and Present
Kelly Whalen, producer; Serginho Roosblad, director/director of photography; Elie Khadra, editor

“Deep Look: Kidnapper Ants Steal Other Ants' Babies - And Brainwash Them
Joshua Cassidy, producer/writer/cinematographer; Gabriela V. Quiros, coordinating producer; Craig Rosa, series producer; Kia Simon, editor/motion graphics; Seth Samuel, composer; Shirley Gutierrez, sound mix/video mastering

About KQED
KQED serves the people of Northern California with a public-supported alternative to commercial media. An NPR and PBS member station based in San Francisco, KQED is home to one of the most listened-to public radio stations in the nation, one of the highest-rated public television services and an award-winning education program helping students and educators thrive in 21st century classrooms. A trusted news source and leader and innovator in interactive technology, KQED takes people of all ages on journeys of exploration — exposing them to new people, places and ideas. kqed.org