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WOSU's Ryan Hitchcock (from left to right), Mary Rathke, , Diana Bergemann and Ben Bays accept  Ohio Valley Regional EMMY Awards for work on Columbus Neighborhoods.

WOSU’s Ryan Hitchcock (from left to right), Mary Rathke, , Diana Bergemann and Ben Bays accept Ohio Valley Regional EMMY Awards for work on Columbus Neighborhoods.


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WOSU Public Media received a record six Ohio Valley Regional EMMY® Awards for work produced in 2018. Winners were recognized during the 55th Annual Ohio Valley Regional EMMY Awards ceremony held on Saturday.

Of the 10 nominations received by WOSU Public Media, honorees include the arts and culture series Broad & High and the Columbus Neighborhoods documentary series. In addition, WOSU was honored for the video produced for The Ohio State University’s Department of Public Safety called “Surviving the Active Aggressor” and the production of the citywide public service series “Art Makes Columbus | Columbus Makes Art” as part of a partnership with the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

WOSU Public Media 2018 Emmy Award-winning programs included:

Broad & High Julia Hamilton: In Living Color
Category: Arts/Entertainment – Feature/Segment

When she was in her 20s, Columbus artist and IT professional Julia Hamilton discovered she had a benign neurological disorder known as synesthesia. It’s a perceptual phenomenon that allows her to see music, and even letters, as colors. Her latest body of work is a series of brilliant alcohol-ink paintings inspired by music.


Columbus Neighborhoods Milo Grogan
Category: Education/Schools Program

Follow historians, students and activists as the history of a once forgotten neighborhood — Milo-Grogan — is literally uncovered by interviews with former residents and analysis of old photographs, maps and literature. Columbus Neighborhoods documents the process of forming a cohesive narrative that can be used to better understand the neighborhood now, as well as help formulate future programs and initiatives that will preserve its history while moving forward.


Columbus Neighborhoods Pleasant Litchford
Category: Magazine – Feature/Segment

Pleasant Litchford and his family, all freed slaves, settled in Perry Township, Ohio, now Upper Arlington, in 1832. A blacksmith by profession, he eventually became the fourth-largest landowner in the area. By the early 1900s, restrictive covenants barred people of color from living in neighborhoods across the country. Later, the remains of the Litchfords and other African American residents were uprooted and moved to unmarked graves — as if to erase their roles in the community’s history.


Columbus Neighborhoods Florence Kenyon Hayden Rector
Category: Nostalgia Program

Florence Kenyon Hayden Rector (1882–1973) enrolled at The Ohio State University in 1901 and was one of the first female architects in Ohio. She was also the only female architect practicing in Central Ohio between 1900 and 1930. Kenyon Hayden Rector was active in the women’s suffrage movement on local and national levels.


Surviving an Active Aggressor
Category: Short Format Program – Informational

It’s scary to think about, but an active aggressor could strike any place, any time. That’s why Ohio State’s Department of Public Safety released a new “Surviving an Active Aggressor” video to educate the campus community.


Columbus Makes Art
Category: Community/Public Service (PSAs)

April Sumani – Mixed Media Painting
April Sunami uses very everything in her art, including paper beads, broken mirrors, bullets, stones and breakaway glass from car accidents. She uses these objects in her paintings to represent specific themes in her work, such as spirituality, ancestral ties, and the history and the mythology of the African Diaspora.


Ryan Scarlata – Actor/Director
As a director and actor, Ryan Scarlata seeks to find the delicate balance in directing—enough guidance to preserve story cohesion but not so much that the creativity of the group is stifled. One of the things he loves about Columbus is that art is everywhere and constantly turning up in new and surprising places.


Michael Sayre – Dancer, BalletMet
Michael Sayre is a company dancer with BalletMet. He loves the camaraderie of dance and the physicality of it—the athleticism and feeling of grace when a step goes well. Michael believes that all art is about feeding the human spirit and is inspired by all disciplines of art.


About WOSU Public Media

A licensee of The Ohio State University, WOSU Public Media is a non-profit, community supported, noncommercial multimedia organization serving 31 counties in Ohio. An NPR and PBS affiliate, WOSU offers programming and services through two public radio stations (89.7 NPR News and Classical 101), a public TV station made up of four channels (WOSU TV, WOSU Plus, WOSU Ohio and WOSU Kids), a mobile app, and two websites ( and

From initiatives like Ready To Learn®, which provides workshops to childcare providers, teachers and parents, to American Graduate, which looks at workforce issues in Ohio, to offering venues for civil discourse, the mission of WOSU Public Media is to enrich lives through content and experiences that engage, inform, and inspire.

About Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

The Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and related media and to the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. The Ohio Valley Chapter serves 13 television markets in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia. As one of nineteen regional chapters, we are the standard-bearers for excellence in the television broadcasting industry and the gatekeepers of the prestigious regional EMMY Award.