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WCNY programs nominated for five Emmy awards

WCNY, Central New York’s public broadcasting company, received five nominations from the New York Emmy Awards for its environmental, public affairs, news, instructional and cultural programming. WCNY is the only media organization in Central New York to receive multiple nominations.

“We are proud to be recognized by these Emmy nominations, which are a testament to the quality of the programming WCNY is dedicated to producing as Central New York’s only locally owned media company,” said President and CEO Robert J. Daino. “Education and in-depth, balanced reporting are at the heart of what we do, whether it’s examining all sides of a community issue or documenting our region’s unique history.”

The Emmy nominations are the result of strong team efforts, said Jim Aroune, WCNY’s vice president for television and radio. “We’re humbled by this recognition and we’re proud that our team of producers, directors, hosts and editors were honored for their excellence,” he said.

WCNY was nominated in the following Emmy categories:

Environment – “Groundswell: Hydrofracking in New York State”
This report and in-studio conversation with experts was hosted and produced by WCNY news and public affairs director Susan Arbetter. The show aired in February and explored the rules for the controversial gas-drilling technique that has stirred debate across New York.

Public Affairs – “Insight”
This weekly public affairs show is co-hosted by Arbetter and veteran journalist Jim Aroune, WCNY’s vice president for television and radio. Each week, Arbetter and Aroune tell stories and interview policymakers about a wide range of issues, from New York’s expanding yogurt industry to the fate of Onondaga Lake. The show airs at 9 p.m. Fridays.

News Special – “Protecting Our Children”
This program, which aired in April, took an in-depth look at child abuse. Former WCNY “Insight” host Farah Jadran and reporters from participating Central New York television stations spoke with survivors, explored the challenges facing child-abuse investigators, and investigated New York’s statute of limitations policy.

Instructional – “Cooking With Julie Taboulie”
WCNY’s first-of-its-kind Lebanese cooking show explores the world of Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisines with host Julie Taboulie. In each episode, Julie welcomes viewers into her kitchen and Mama’s garden, and prepares delicious, traditional foods. The show airs at 1:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Cultural – “The Game of Life: Spirit of the Onondaga”
WCNY aired this documentary, produced by Syracuse University and the Onondaga Nation, in August. The program explored the cultural and spiritual significance of Lacrosse to the people of the Onondaga Nation.

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