KET productions and programs honored with 19 Regional Emmy nominations

For Release: 06/11/18 12:29 PM

The Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) recently recognized KET productions and programs with 19 Regional Emmy Award nominations.

The awards recognize excellence in the areas of local news, programming and individual achievement and are one of the industry’s highest honors.

“I congratulate our staff members for their individual and team efforts that resulted in these Emmy nominations,” said KET executive director and CEO Shae Hopkins. “These nominations recognize our quality and help to reinforce KET’s critical role in bringing engaging, educational programming into homes, classrooms and communities throughout Kentucky.”

KET productions receiving nominations are:

Calling It Quits: Real Help to Stop Smoking

Laura KruegerHealth/Science/Environment

Part of KET’s ongoing Smoking & Health initiative, funded in part by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, Calling it Quits examines effective medications and behavioral strategies available to help people give up smoking for good and improve their health.

“Effie Waller Smith” Kentucky Life

Chelsea Gorham and Lillie Ruschell – Magazine Feature Segment

This Kentucky Life segment on author Effie Waller Smith details the life of the Pikeville native and former slave who published poetry books and short stories during the early 1900s.

It’s A Grand Night for Singing: 25th Anniversary

Nick Helton – Arts/Entertainment Program

Brent Abshear – Audio Post Production

KET’s crew was on hand to capture the 25th anniversary of this annual production by the UK Opera Theatre. Staged in Lexington at the Singletary Center for the Arts, It’s A Grand Night For Singing contains many Broadway favorites, including “Show People” and “Lullaby of Broadway,” as well as more recent hits, including songs from the smash hit Hamilton.

Journey to Recovery

Laura Krueger and Justin Allen – Documentary Cultural/Topical

Journey to Recovery examines the opioid epidemic in Kentucky and explores treatment options available for those battling the disease of addiction. The program is narrated by Grammy-winning recording artist and Kentucky native Sturgill Simpson.

Kentucky Life

Brandon Wickey, Valerie Trimble, Gary Pahler, Paul Smith and Doug Flynn – Magazine Program

Kentucky Life, hosted by Doug Flynn, presents stories capturing the flavor, history and heritage of Kentucky. The long-running KET series explores the state’s natural beauty and historic sites, samples the creativity of the Commonwealth’s hundreds of artists and musicians, and discovers the unique contributions of interesting people all over the state.

The Local Traveler

Amy Hess – Magazine Program (KET and Beloved Productions)

In The Local Traveler, host Amy Hess discovers the people, places and products of Kentucky – focusing on homegrown products, local destinations and hometown businesses that make Kentucky’s cities and towns so special.

News Quiz

Jayne McClew, Angelic Phelps, Anna Gordon and Allison NeCamp Day – Informational/Instructional

News Quiz, KET’s weekly current events show, presents weekly news stories targeted to students in grades 4-8 via a kid-friendly, interactive program available to classrooms across the state and country via PBS LearningMedia.

In addition to the above KET productions, 11 additional nominations were garnered by programs airing on KET, including multiple nominations for Bluegrass & Backroads as well as single nominations for Belle Brezing and the Gilded Age of the Bluegrass, DOWNSTREAM, Kentucky Afield, and kNOwMORE.

The Ohio Valley Chapter includes 13 television markets from a four-state region, including parts of Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana and Kentucky. The awards ceremony will take place August 18 at the Lawrenceburg Event Center in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

All of the nominated KET productions are available to watch online at

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Todd Piccirilli
Senior Director, Marketing and Communications