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MontanaPBS Garners 13 Regional Emmy Nominations


The Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced nominations for this year’s Emmy awards, and MontanaPBS has earned 13 nominations for its outstanding programming over the last year. 

The nominations span 9 different categories including Documentary, Writing, Photography, Audio and Editing.

One program, “Finding Traction,” received 6 nominations alone.  “Finding Traction” follows Montana ultra-runner Nikki Kimball as she attempts a grueling run across the nation’s longest hiking trail.

Producer John Twiggs received two nominations for the program "Concussion: Answers in the Blood?," a documentary that follows two University of Montana scientists who received funding from the NFL for their novel research on concussions. Twiggs also received a nomination for a segment he produced for Backroads of Montana featuring a centenarian bugler.

11th and Grant with Eric Funk, a show that gives local musicians a chance to showcase their talent to a statewide audience, also received two nominations.

Lastly, "Bard in the Backcountry," a film that chronicles a summer season of Shakespeare in the Parks in Montana, received two nominations as well. 

Emmy winners will be announced in June in Seattle.

For a full list of the MontanaPBS nominees and the categories, please see below:

Arts/Entertainment - Feature/Segment

Backroads of Montana, featuring centenarian bugler, Ray Zell: John Twiggs, producer

Arts/Entertainment - Program/Special

11th & Grant with Eric Funk, featuring Angella Ahn & Friends: Scott Sterling, director; Aaron Pruitt,  executive producer; Paul Gomez Routhier, producer; Eric Funk, artistic director; Jeremiah Slovarp, audio director

Documentary – Cultural

Bard in the Backcountry: Cindy Stillwell, director; Tom Watson, director; Aaron Pruitt, executive producer; Chris Seifert, executive producer

Documentary – Topical (2 nominees in this category)

Concussion: Answers in the Blood?: John Twiggs, producer
Finding Traction: Jaime Jelenchick Jacobsen, director; Aaron Pruitt, executive producer; Charles Dye,  director; Rick Smith, director of photography; Daniel Schmidt, director of photography

Director - Post Production

Finding Traction: Jaime Jelenchick Jacobsen

Writer – Program

Finding Traction: Jaime Jelenchick Jacobsen, writer; Stefanie Watkins, writer

Photographer – Program

Finding Traction: Daniel Schmidt, Rick Smith

Editor – Program (2 nominees in this category)

Finding Traction: Stefanie Watkins
Concussion: Answers in the Blood?: John Twiggs

Audio (3 nominees in this category)

Finding Traction: Jeremiah Slovarp
Bard in the Backcountry- Original Music: Ian Hatton, composer
11th & Grant with Eric Funk, featuring Angella Ahn & Friends: Jeremiah Slovarp, audio director

About MontanaPBS

Quality television has the power to elevate our understanding of the world, encourage respect for one another, and influence our lives in a positive way. MontanaPBS shares diverse stories; connects our citizens; discovers common ground; and celebrates the independent spirit and beauty of Montana.

MontanaPBS is comprised of KUSM-TV Bozeman and KUFM-TV Missoula, each a non-commercial educational licensee of Montana State University - Bozeman and The University of Montana - Missoula, respectively.

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