WPSU snags Mid-Atlantic Emmy; veteran producer joins industry honor society

Penn State Public Media, WPSU has won one 2014 Mid-Atlantic Emmy award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. These regional awards recognize local productions for excellence in television programming. Jeffrey A. Hughes, lead producer for WPSU, was also inducted into the inaugural Silver Circle Society, an honor society within the Mid-Atlantic chapter for members who have spent 25 years doing exceptional work in the television industry.

Mark Stitzer received an Individual Achievement Emmy in the Photographer – Program category. Stitzer’s entry submission included video clips from “Water Blues, Green Solutions,” an interactive film project telling the stories of communities creating solutions for our water blues – flooding, pollution and scarcity.

Hughes was one of six people honored by being inducted into the inaugural class of the 2014 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle. The new award was created to honor those within the Mid-Atlantic chapter who have been valuable colleagues, mentors, contributors and advocates in the television industry.

Hughes has been working at Penn State Public Media since 1987. He earned a Mid-Atlantic Emmy for Best Entertainment Program/Special in 2010 for “Music Theatre Spotlight,” a program that showcases the senior class of Penn State’s renowned musical theatre degree program.

Hughes also won an Emmy in 2009 as executive producer for “Making the Blue Band,” a behind-the-scenes film that follows incoming freshmen through auditions and the grueling days of band camp as they pursue their goal of playing in the Penn State Blue Band.

The Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards, now in their 32nd year, recognize excellence in programming and individual achievement in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and parts of West Virginia and Ohio. Winners were announced at a ceremony Sept. 20 at the Philadelphia Hilton.

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Last Updated January 09, 2015