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Trib wins 3 regional Emmy awards

The Trib won three Emmy awards this weekend for its work on video projects produced by its team of journalists.

The three Mid-Atlantic Emmy regional awards recognized projects about the history of trolleys in Pittsburgh, the 9/11 terror attacks and a Black athlete from Connellsville who broke racial barriers.
“We are honored and proud of this recognition of the innovative work created by our dedicated journalists,” Trib President and CEO Jennifer Bertetto said.

The awards were presented Saturday night at a gala in Philadelphia hosted by the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

The Trib’s winning team of visual producers includes Sean Stipp, director of visuals; reporter Paul Guggenheimer; former editor Jason Cato; and former digital producer Chris Benson.

“The work they produced exemplifies the power of visual journalism,” said Luis Fabregas, the Trib’s executive editor. The Trib began producing long-form documentaries in 2019 and previously earned two other Emmy nominations.

The video “Olympic Oak: The Story of John Woodruff, The 1936 Berlin Olympics And The Roots of Athlete Activism” took top honors in the Diversity/Equity/Inclusion long-form content category.

It tells the story of Woodruff, a Connellsville native who won the gold medal for the 800-meter track event at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Woodruff, who was Black, came from behind in the race and broke racial boundaries for his victory, joining others that year including Jesse Owens in defeating white German athletes in a blow to the Nazi myth of Aryan supremacy.

The Trib centered the documentary on a massive oak tree in Connellsville that Woodruff brought back from Germany. Dubbed “Olympic Oak,” it is believed to be one of only four that remain in the United States. It stands today at the Connellsville High School track.

The video “Last Chance Trolley: Transforming Western Pennsylvanians Into Pittsburghers” took the Emmy in the Historical/Cultural long-form content category.

“Last Chance Trolley” documents the emergence and evolution of streetcars — or trolleys — in the Pittsburgh region. The Trib interviewed longtime Pittsburghers who used trolleys as they became a common sight and transformed the region.

Called to Hallowed Ground” won the Emmy in the Human Interest long-form content category. In the 15-minute documentary, Western Pennsylvania residents describe their experiences as the 9/11 attacks unfolded in the United States.