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Seattle Channel wins 5 Northwest Regional Emmy Awards 


Seattle Channel recognized for storytelling in arts/entertainment, diversity equity inclusion, and more! 
SEATTLE (June 5, 2023) Seattle Channel is the recipient of five Northwest Emmy Awards in the categories of arts/entertainment, business/consumer, diversity equity inclusion, human interest, and video essayist. The winning programs include an Art Zone profile on mixed media artist Moses Sun; a CityStream feature on a beloved Vietnamese supermarket; a CityStream segment looking back at the mystery of two missing Sand Point aviators; a Community Stories documentary on local athlete Rosalie Fish, who draws attention to missing and murdered Indigenous women; and videographer Pete Cassam was recognized for his visual storytelling in the video essayist category. 

The City of Seattle’s government-access station was recognized Saturday, June 3, at the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Emmy Awards ceremony.  

“The Seattle Channel does important work to shine a spotlight on the issues facing our city, the experiences of residents and businesses, and the work to build a better tomorrow,” said Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell. “Seattle Channel absolutely deserves these recognitions for all the great work they do, and I know they will continue to push to do even more in the future.” 

Those receiving accolades in this year’s ceremony include General Manager Shannon Gee, videographers and editors Chris Barnes, Pete Cassam, Ian Devier, and Randy Eng, and freelancers Phillip Townsend and Feliks Banel. 

“As a long-time fan of the Seattle Channel, I’m thrilled they continue to be recognized for their work!” said Seattle City Councilmember Sara Nelson (Position 9, Citywide), chair of the Council’s Economic Development, Technology & City Light Committee, which oversees the Seattle Channel. “The Seattle Channel’s programming – highlighting our continued economic development, resident support, and vibrant arts community – tells the true story of our beautiful city.” 
“I’m extremely proud of and honored to be a part of this hardworking and dedicated Seattle Channel team, whose nominations and awards in the Pacific Northwest broadcast market help to elevate the rich history, community, and culture of Seattle,” said Shannon Gee, Seattle Channel’s general manager. “We are grateful for the people and organizations who shared their experiences with us. Their contributions and stories are what make our city great.” 

Seattle Channel competed against commercial and public television stations in the Northwest NATAS five-state region, which includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. All awards in this 60th annual Northwest Emmy Awards were for work completed between January 1 and December 31, 2022. 

“Every year, the Seattle Channel continues to demonstrate their expertise and skill in producing in-depth coverage of issues impacting Seattle residents and about the rich culture of our city,” said Interim Chief Technology Officer Jim Loter. “This truly sets them apart from other media outlets. I’m proud of how the Seattle Channel has continued to grow and push the limits of government television.”  

This year, the station received 13 Emmy-Award nominations in program categories highlighting the quality and breadth of programming produced by Seattle Channel in 2022, including business/consumer, health/medical, arts/entertainment, historical/cultural, diversity equity inclusion, human interest, and informational/instructional, and in the craft categories of editor and video essayist. A complete listing of the awardees can be found on the NATAS website.  

Seattle Channel is a local TV station that reflects, informs, and inspires the community it serves. Seattle Channel presents programs on cable television – channel 21 on Comcast (321 HD) and Wave (721 HD)– and via the internet to help residents connect with their city. Programming includes series and special features highlighting the diverse civic and cultural landscape of Seattle.