‘Story in the Public Square’ scores two wins in 41st Annual Telly Awards
“Story in the Public Square” has been awarded both silver and bronze awards for Best Political/Commentary in Television for the 41st Annual Telly Awards. This is the third consecutive year with a Telly Award win for the show.
“Story in the Public Square” is an initiative to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter that is hosted Jim Ludes from the Pell Center for International Relations at Salve Regina and G. Wayne Miller of ‘The Providence Journal.’ The two hosts sit down each week with authors, scholars and storytellers of all kinds to make sense of the narratives shaping public life in the United States.
The Telly Awards were founded in 1979 to honor excellence in local, regional and cable television commercials with non-broadcast video and television programming added soon after. The Telly Awards honor excellence in video and television across all screens as judged by leaders from video platforms, television and streaming networks, agencies, and production companies including Vice, Vimeo, Hearst Digital Media, BuzzFeed and A&E Network.
Last year, The Telly Awards attracted more than 12,000 entries from top video content producers including Adult Swim, the BBC, Condé Nast, Complex Networks, Netflix, Refinery29, RadicalMedia, T Brand Studio and Ogilvy & Mather.
“Story in the Public Square” was honored with a Silver award for its 2019 episode featuring Daniel Okrent, prize-winning author of “The Guarded Gate” on the remarkable history of the bigotry that lay at the heart of the Immigration Act of 1924. It also won a Bronze for its 2019 episode with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, author of “What the Eyes Don’t See,” a memoir of her role in exposing the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
“The Guarded Gate” with Daniel Okrent
“What the Eyes Don’t See” with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
“Undoubtedly, this has been an unprecedented season for our entire industry,” said Sabrina Dridje, managing director of the Telly Awards, in announcing this year’s awards. “The global impact of COVID-19 has shaken the film, video and television industries in ways we could not have imagined. Every year since the inaugural Telly Awards in 1979, Telly Winners have reflected the top tier of our industry, and this year, even more so.We are truly thrilled to recognize ‘Story in the Public Square’ as a standard bearer of television excellence.”
The Pell Center is extremely grateful for the recognition that it has received, according to Ludes, who also serves as executive director of the Pell Center.
“From the beginning, we have known that this show works because of our guests—gifted, generous story tellers who share their remarkable talents with our audience each week,” said Ludes. “They and our incredible crew are the reason the Telly Awards recognized ‘Story in the Public Square.’ ”
The show was also honored in the 40th Annual Telly Awards with a Bronze in the same category for its 2018 episode on the death penalty featuring Sr. Helen Prejean, the author of “Dead Man Walking” and in the 39th Annual Telly Awards with a Bronze for its 2017 end of year special featuring Dr. Evelyn Farkas.
“Story in the Public Square” airs on over 300 public television stations across the United States in 488 broadcasts each week. Locally, the show can be seen on Rhode Island PBS on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET, and Sundays at 4:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124.