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WCNY wins Emmy for best public affairs show

WCNY, Central New York’s public broadcasting company, won an Emmy Sunday for best public affairs program for its weekly show “Insight.” WCNY received four other Emmy nominations for its environmental, news, instructional and cultural programming.

WCNY is the only media organization in Central New York to win an Emmy.

“Insight” is co-hosted by Susan Arbetter, WCNY’s director of news and public affairs and host of “The Capitol Pressroom,” and veteran journalist Jim Aroune, WCNY’s vice president for television and radio. The show is produced by Amy Manley, a WCNY producer/director, who was in New York City Sunday to accept the Emmy along with Arbetter.

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.

“This Emmy represents national recognition of the quality and significance of WCNY’s coverage of issues important to our local communities,” said Robert J. Daino, WCNY’s president and CEO. “Insight is an example of WCNY’s commitment to education and providing informed, balanced, in-depth programming that our viewers can trust.”

Aroune said “Insight” is all about WCNY’s commitment to covering news and public affairs. “At both a local and state level, the show helps us educate the people in the 19 counties we serve with compelling and important stories,” he said.

This is the first Emmy for Manley, who has produced award-winning documentaries and shows for WCNY for seven years.

“I am so proud to be part of a company that produces high-quality work, and to work in a community that celebrates the value of local programming,” Manley said.

This also is a first Emmy for Arbetter, who has received a variety of journalism honors for her coverage of state government. “It’s a powerful thing both to work with a production team that’s passionate about the issues facing Central New York and a management team that supports that passion,” Arbetter said.

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