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Nominees for The 39th Annual News & Documentary Emmy® Awards Announced



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Paula S. Aspell of PBS’ NOVA to be honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

October 1st Award Presentation at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in NYC

New York, N.Y. – July 26, 2018 – Nominations for the 39th Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards were announced today by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS).  The News & Documentary Emmy Awards will be presented on Monday, October 1st, 2018, at a ceremony at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in the Time Warner Complex at Columbus Circle in New York City. The event will be attended by more than 1,000 television and news media industry executives, news and documentary producers and journalists.

“New technologies are opening up endless new doors to knowledge, instantly delivering news and information across myriad platforms,” said Adam Sharp, interim President & CEO, NATAS.  “With this trend comes the immense potential to inform and enlighten, but also to manipulate and distort. Today we honor the talented professionals who through their work and creativity defend the highest standards of broadcast journalism and documentary television, proudly providing the clarity and insight each of us needs to be an informed world citizen.”

In addition to celebrating this year’s nominees in forty-nine categories, the National Academy is proud to be honoring Paula S. Apsell, Senior Executive Director of PBS’ NOVA, at the 39th News & Documentary Emmy Awards with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her many years of science broadcasting excellence.

The 39th Annual News & Documentary Emmy® Awards honors programming distributed during the calendar year 2017.

The list of nominees is also available on the National Television Academy’s website:

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The numerical breakdown, by media entities, as compiled by the independent accountancy firm of Lutz and Carr, LLP, follows:

Over-the-Air, Cable, Satellite and Internet Broadcast Nominees

PBS 45   Red Bull TV 2
CBS 31   Starz 2
HBO 22   The Washington Post 2
CNN 22 1
ABC 20   The Center for Investigative Reporting 1
Univision 13   Discovery Channel 1
Netflix 11   ESPN Deportes 1
The New York Times 7   Facebook Watch 1
Al Jazeera International USA 5   Fusion Media Group 1
MSNBC 5   Glamour / Condé Nast Entertainment 1
Telemundo 5   Investigation Discovery 1
BBC World News 4   The Marshall Project and The New 1
NBC 4   Scatter 1
A&E 3   Retro Report/ The New Yorker 1
CNN International 3   Retro Report/ Quartz 1
Showtime 3   RYOT 1
Vox 3   TIME 1
World 3   The Weather Channel 1
ABC News Lincoln Square Productions and Netflix 2   The Weather Channel Digital & Telemundo Network 1
CNN en Español 2      
National Geographic 2      

Regional Nominees

KXAS-TV 1      

About The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy® Award for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime Entertainment, Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment, Public & Community Service, and Technology & Engineering.  NATAS membership consists of over 16,000 broadcast and media professionals represented in 19 regional chapters across the country. Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including Regional Student Television and its Student Award for Excellence for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public.  For more information, please visit the website at

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