Nashville Public Television received two awards at the 34th Annual Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards held at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville on Feb. 15, 2020.
NPT’s Soldier & Citizen, produced by Ed Jones, won in the documentary/historical category; and Voyage of Adventure: Retracing Donelson’s Journey won in the documentary/topical category, with statuettes going to NPT’s Will Pedigo, Jason Code, Shawn Anfinson, Suzy Hence and Shane Burkeen, as well as Nashville-based photographer John Guider. Both documentaries are available for online viewing at video.wnpt.org.
In 2016, John Guider set off in a boat of his own making to retrace the route of 18th-century settler John Donelson, who led a party from Virginia to what would become Nashville. Voyage of Adventure uses stunning river footage, excerpts from Donelson’s journal, and images shot by Guider to tell the story of both treks. The documentary, which was created in cooperation with The Tennessean, had its broadcast premiere on July 26, 2018. View online here.
NPT’s Solider & Citizen premiered Feb. 28, 2018, and examines how minority groups ‒ African-Americans, immigrants and women ‒ leveraged their “blood debt” of military service to further their cause for full citizenship. From the Civil War through the Vietnam War, the documentary profiles the wartime accomplishments and acknowledges the often shameful reception these veterans received once back in the U.S. Soldier & Citizen is part of NPT’s Citizenship Project, a series of documentaries about how different groups have fought for, obtained and maintained the rights and access we commonly associate with American citizenship. View online here.
NPT also received a nomination for Next Door Neighbors: Taste of Home.