National Award for APT!

June 21, 2016

Alabama Public Television's original documentary on the life of Jeremiah Denton has won the prestigious 2016 Edward R. Murrow National Award for Best News Documentary in a major market. The Radio Television Digital News Association (R.T.D.N.A.) made the announcement this morning. The news comes just a few days after JEREMIAH received four Southeast Regional Emmy Awards at an awards ceremony in Atlanta.

The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Murrow’s pursuit of excellence in journalism embodies the spirit of the awards that carry his name. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the electronic news profession. The recognition is among the highest possible in journalism.

"We are so proud of this documentary and the team that created it," said Roy Clem, Executive Director of Alabama Public Television. "JEREMIAH is the story of a true American hero, who served this nation with bravery and distinction in the most difficult of circumstances. More than that, it's a reminder of the bravery and sacrifices made by our service men and women - and their families - to keep our country safe. Jeremiah Denton's story is an inspiration to all of us."

The film's producer, Mark Fastoso, worked closely with the Denton family and veterans who served with Jeremiah Denton in the infamous Hanoi Hilton POW camp during the Vietnam War. Their interviews provide incredible insight into Denton's prison ordeal and the strength of his faith.

JEREMIAH premiered on Alabama Public Television on Veteran's Day 2015. It received the Alabama Broadcasters Association (ABA) 2016 "Best in Broadcasting" Award for documentary. In May and June, the program was broadcast nationally by public television stations on the WORLD Channel.

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