Two WPSU sports productions win 2020 Mid-Atlantic Emmy awards

September 21, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A pair of WPSU sports productions won 2020 Mid-Atlantic Emmy awards during a virtual ceremony held on Saturday, Sept. 19, from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

“Unrivaled: The Penn State Football Story” and “The Penn State Basketball Story” won regional Emmy awards in the post-produced or edited sports program category. WPSU — a Penn State Outreach service — has won a Mid-Atlantic Emmy award for the seventh straight year and, with the two wins, has claimed 29 regional Emmy awards since 1981.

“It is an incredible honor to be recognized with two Mid-Atlantic Emmy awards,” said Mindy McMahon, executive producer of both programs and WPSU’s director of production. “These productions are truly a collaborative effort between the WPSU production team and the football and basketball programs, and this recognition is a testament to all of the hard work and dedication that goes into creating both of these shows.” 

"Unrivaled: The Penn State Football Story" from WPSU Penn State

"Unrivaled: The Penn State Football Story," which was nominated for a 2020 Mid-Atlantic Emmy award, chronicles the journey of the 2019 Nittany Lion football team with a look at game week preparation, game highlights, sideline and locker room coverage, and an all-access look at the coaching staff and selected players on and off the field.

WPSU Penn State

"Unrivaled: The Penn State Football Story," chronicled the journey of the 2019 Nittany Lion football team with a look at game week preparation, game highlights, sideline and locker room coverage, and an all-access look at the coaching staff and selected players on and off the field.

WPSU’s other award winner, "The Penn State Basketball Story," featured the 2019-20 men’s basketball team and included a look at game week preparation, game highlights and an all-access look at the coaching staff and selected players on and off the court.

The WPSU award-winning production teams are:

“The Penn State Basketball Story”

  • Mindy McMahon, executive producer
  • Don Hampton, senior producer/director
  • Allen Goldate, senior producer/director
  • Will Price, producer/director
  • Shane Robinson, videographer/editor
  • Clint Yoder, videographer/editor
  • Justin Donnelly, videographer/editor
  • Matt Stephens, videographer/editor
  • Sam Newhouse, videographer/editor
  • Michael Klein, post-production audio

“Unrivaled: The Penn State Football Story”

  • Mindy McMahon, executive producer
  • Don Hampton, senior producer/director
  • Michael Loftus, senior producer/director
  • Anya Swanson, producer/director
  • Matt Stephens, videographer/editor
  • Clint Yoder, field and post-production audio
  • Justin Donnelly, videographer/editor
  • Shane Robinson, videographer/editor
  • Sam Newhouse, videographer/editor
  • Blake Newsock, videographer/editor
  • Jon Baker, editor
  • Michael Klein, post-production audio

In all, 85 Mid-Atlantic Emmy awards were presented in 78 categories during the 38th annual event. The awards honor excellence in television news, programming and achievement in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and parts of Ohio and West Virginia.

Regional NATAS chapters in comparable television markets complete Mid-Atlantic Emmy judging across the country. Industry professionals with expertise in that category judge all entries in a given category, and the judges apply personal standards of excellence to evaluate each entry in areas of content, creativity and execution. 

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences represents more than 700 members in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware from more than 32 television stations, numerous cable companies and programmers, as well as independent producers, production facilities and educational institutions.

Visit the WPSU website for more information on central Pennsylvania’s public media station.

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Last Updated September 21, 2020