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Awards - Congratulations

Congratulations to all our staff who were involved in the production of these award-winning programs!

2019 NETA Award For Excellence in Education

We are proud to announce that Detroit Public Television’s work in local neighborhoods has been recognized as the best in public television.  Detroit PBS KIDS received the first-ever national NETA Award for Overall Excellence in Education.   The award – considered the highest award in public broadcasting -- opened the NETA 2020 Conference, held in conjunction with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Thought Leader Forum in Arlington, Virginia.

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2019 Governor’s Service Award

Gretchen Whitmer announced Detroit Public TV (DPTV) as the winner of a 2019 Governor’s Service Award as an Education Service Leader for its work in early childhood education, providing parents, educators and other caregivers with the skills and resources they need to prepare children for school and life.

Gov. Whitmer and the Michigan Community Service Commission selected 43 service award winners this year, which included individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations selected for their commitment to volunteerism, service or philanthropy.

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Michigan Emmy Awards 2019


Beneath the Surface: Line 5 Pipeline in the Great Lakes

Ed Moore
Mary Ellen Geist


Saving the Willow Run Bomber Plant

Matthew Stinson
Tina Brunn
Chad Schwartzenberger


Tapping the Great Lakes

Matthew Stinson
Chad Schwartzenberger
Mary Ellen Geist


Preschool Matters! - Community/Public Service (PSA) - Campaign

Oliver Thornton
Tina Brunn
Chad Schwartzenberger

Society of Professional Journalists Detroit Chapter Excellence in Journalism Awards 2019



Youth Mentoring at Islandview’s Church of the Messiah

Will Glover for Local News Reporting


Moving Costs at Detroit’s Bethune-Fitzgerald School

Bill Kubota for Education Reporting


Beneath the Surface: The Line 5 Pipeline in the Great Lakes

Mary Ellen Geist and Ed Moore for Environment Reporting


Returning Citizens to Work

Bill Kubota for General News Reporting:


American Black Journal Roadshow – African Americans: Telling Our Story

Daphne Hughes and Stephen Henderson for Racial Justice Reporting



Detroit Designs the World

Jim Toscano, Ed Moore, Zosette Guir, Bill Kubota and Danny Gianino for Feature Reporting


Rich Homberg, President and CEO of Detroit Public Television

Lifetime Achievement Award

Michigan Association of Broadcasters Broadcast Excellence Awards 2018

One Detroit

Best News or Public Affairs Special

Thursdays 7:30pm ET


Detroit Performs

Best Cultural & Performing Arts 

Tuesdays 7:30pm ET


Making It: Latino Students’ Pathways to College

Best Special Interest


The American Cycling League Championship Games at the Lexus Velodrome

Best Sports, Outdoor or Recreation

Fridays 9:30pm ET


Beneath the Surface: The Line 5 Pipeline in the Great Lakes 

News Special or Documentary – Merit


Detroit Public TV - WTVS

Station of the Year – Merit  


The following programs air on DPTV and received recognition in the Independent Producer category:

Great Lakes Great Tastes 2018

Best in Category


Under The Radar Michigan


Thursdays 8:30pm ET 

MAB Awards 2016 – 2017

WTVS-TV Detroit Public Television

Public Broadcasting Station of the Year


Digital Adventure

Community Involvement


Detroit Performs Series

Cultural Programming

Tuesday at 7:30pm ET


Beyond the Tap

News or Public Affairs Special


When I’m 65

News Special or Documentary


Learning in the Wild

Sports – Outdoor or Recreation


Il Volo: Una Notte Magica

Cultural & Performing Arts


One Detroit

Marketing Materials & Promos

Thursday at 7:30pm ET


American Black Journal

News or Public Affairs Series

Sunday at 9:30am ET / Wednesday at 7:30pm ET


Detroit Remember When: J.P. McCarthy, The Voice of Detroit

Special Interest Programming

MAB Awards 2015 – 2016

Detroit Performs

Cultural Programming

Tuesday at 7:30pm ET


Let’s Have Some Church Detroit Style

Independent Producer (Andrew Sacks)


Be School Smart

Community Involvement


Detroit Neighborhoods

Mini-Documentary or Series

MAB Awards 2014 – 2015

Detroit’s Anti-Blight Story

Best Public Television Mini-Documentary or Series


American Graduate: Community Town Hall

Best Public Television Special Interest Programming

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