WTCI Wins Midsouth Regional Emmy Award

Friday, February 7, 2014

Chattanooga’s PBS station, WTCI, and producers Emily Compton and Peter DeLynn won an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, MidSouth Division.   The COMMUNITY/PUBLIC SERVICE SPOT, One with Courage, is a three-minute, 40-second video imploring Tennesseans to stand against child abuse.  The winner was announced at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville on Saturday, January 25th and the award was accepted by WTCI’s producer, Emily Compton.

The late Peter DeLynn, Executive Producer, and Emily Compton both won for their work on the public service spot, One with Courage, produced for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Hamilton County.  In 2007 Peter DeLynn won the Pinnacle Award and a Telly for best local production for The Road to Riverbend, was nominated for multiple Emmy awards and won in the Documentary/Topical category for Untamed Legacy: America’s Wild Mustang, now available to all PBS stations.

Emily Compton is the Emmy-winning producer of The A List with Alison Lebovitz.  From politics and pop culture to authors and astronauts, The A List has showcased some of America’s most fascinating people. Now entering its sixth season, the show has included one-on-one interviews with people such as Jon Meacham, Ken Burns, Judy Woodruff, Pat Summitt, Soledad O’Brien, Alton Brown, Gwen Ifill and a host of other well-known leaders and legends in their fields. Host Alison Lebovitz says “Emily loves her job and is wholly dedicated to enriching lives through quality programs that educate, engage and inspire a lifetime of learning and exploration.”

In addition to work for the Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga, Chattanooga Girls’ Leadership Academy and Live Green Tennessee, Emily has produced several documentaries, including the Chattanooga History Center’s History Makers program honoring the contributions of the McCallie family to the growth of the Tennessee Valley and From the Ground Up: The Impact of Community, a program chronicling Chattanooga’s efforts to revitalize its inner city.  Emily graduated from Hixson High School and received her degree from Hollins University, an independent liberal arts university for women dedicated to academic excellence and humane values.  Hollins fostered the creativity, self-expression and critical thinking skills that set Emily apart as an intern at WTCI and that have become a hallmark of her career.  “Even in her earliest days with WTCI as a production intern, Emily has proven herself to be a valuable asset with her many talents.  We are very proud of her,” said WTCI President, Paul Grove.

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