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Panhandle PBS series wins Regional Emmy® Award

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The Lone Star Emmy Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has recognized Panhandle PBS producers with Regional Emmy® Awards for their work on the station’s series, “Living While Black.”

“Living While Black” originally aired in March and April 2021 on Panhandle PBS as a part of the station’s local newsmagazine show, “The Handle.”

Series Director Hilary Hulsey and Producers Karen Welch, Nolyn Hill and Brian Frank each garnered the Regional Emmy® Award in the Best Documentary — Topical category.

The Lone Star Emmy Chapter announced the awards during a virtual ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 20. 

In the 2020 season of race-related protests and unrest across the United States, Panhandle PBS asked Black and biracial Amarilloans to describe what #livingwhileblack means in this country and what all of us — of every race — can do to move conversations forward to create change. The result was “Living While Black,” a six-episode documentary.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said Black people experience a different America than white people, and the stories Panhandle PBS collected make King’s point strikingly clear. In more than 25 interviews, one theme proved universal: “We have to learn to listen to one another.”

“Living While Black” originally aired in March and April 2021 on Panhandle PBS. 

Full episodes and individual segments can be viewed at, and on the station’s YouTube channel. Station members also can access the full “Living While Black” series and other premium local and national content through the Panhandle PBS Passport app.

Topics examined in the documentary include the Black experience in Amarillo; current and historical movements for change; missing Black history; systemic racism; segregation, desegregation and the renaming of local schools; and how to move from protest to progress.

Other nominees in the Best Documentary — Topical category were Robert Holguin of El Paso-based KFOX-TV’s “El Paso Strong — One Year Later” and Ernesto Malonado, Mauricio Perez and Francis Gutierrez of Houston-based Mundo Latino Television for “Esclavas Sin Cadenas (Slaves Without Chains).”

For more information, call Karen Welch, PPBS senior content producer, at 806-670-4518.

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