MARQUETTE – WNMU-TV, Northern Michigan University's public television station, won two Emmy Awards at the 26th Annual Emmy Awards Ceremony presented by the National Television Academy – Michigan Chapter. The event took place June 5 in Detroit.

Accepting the awards on behalf of WNMU-TV were Bob Thomson and Sonya Chrisman. Thomson was the producer/director of An Evening with the Governor, which captured an Emmy in the category of outstanding interview/discussion.  This interactive program was a live town hall meeting with Gov. Jennifer Granholm in Public TV 13's studio in Marquette. It aired last November.

Chrisman was the producer/director of Lumberjack Life: UP Days of Yore, a documentary that premiered last December covering the history of logging in the Upper Peninsula.  It won an Emmy in the category of outstanding documentary program.

Eric Smith, who assumes the role of WNMU's General Manager in July, said, "There's an impressive amount of ownership in these two awards, from staff and students at NMU to individuals from around the state. They invested their hearts and souls into these productions and it's wonderful to see this type of recognition from the Academy."

Also sharing in the success of both award-winning programs were 13 NMU students. 

"It's amazing to think that as a student I was able to contribute to two Emmy award-winning productions,” said Anna Patrick, who was the production assistant for both An Evening with the Governor and Lumberjack Life.

“Time and again, WNMU has demonstrated its outstanding ability to produce programming that makes a difference in people’s lives,” said Gov. Jennifer Granholm. “As we prepared to address a billion dollar budget deficit last fall, it was critical that we explain to citizens what the state was facing and to get their input on how to resolve the crisis. Thanks to WNMU we were able to accomplish that.”

Public TV 13 is a member-supported public broadcasting service of Northern Michigan University and is licensed to the NMU Board of Trustees.

Prepared By
Kristi Evans
News Director