July 18, 2016 / Modified aug 1, 2016 11:15 a.m.

Arizona Public Media Original Receives Special Emmy® Recognition

‘Passing On’ wins NATAS 2016 Board of Governors’ Award

TUCSON, AZ – July 18, 2016 – The Rocky Mountain Southwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has presented the 2016 Board of Governors’ Award to the Arizona Public Media (AZPM) original project, Passing On.

The Rocky Mountain Southwest NATAS Governors’ Award is the highest award the chapter gives to an individual, organization or station. This award is given to a multi-platform project that extends beyond the parameters of the chapter’s regular television distinctions.

Passing On will be honored along with "Build A Bike" from Cox Communications at the regional Emmy® award gala in October.

“AZPM has been fortunate to be recognized by NATAS in the past, but this award is very special to us because it represents a collaborative, team project that involved many people in many departments and several community organizations,” said Jack Gibson, AZPM General Manager. “We're very honored and proud to receive it.”

AZPM’s original documentary Passing On sheds light on a subject most people shy away from: end of life. In partnership with the Pima Council on Aging (PCOA), AZPM coordinated various outreach programs open to members of the southern Arizona community, including panel discussions and workshops, to share valuable information about planning for end of life. Major funding for Passing On was provided by The David and Lura Lovell Foundation. Additional funding provided by The Marshall Foundation.

The full film, information and resources are available at passing-on.org.

About the NATAS Board of Governors’ Award
Given in recognition of achievements by individuals, organizations, or companies, which do not fall within the structure of the Chapter’s regular area awards. Historically, the Board of Governors’ Award is for truly outstanding and unique accomplishments or for achievements of some duration and durability. For this award, a Regional Emmy® statuette is presented.   This award can be given to an individual, a company, or an organization for outstanding achievements in the arts, sciences or management of television or allied media; which is either of a cumulative nature or extraordinary and universal in nature as to be beyond the realm of the awards presented in the categories of achievements. rockymountainemmy.org

About AZPM
AZPM is an Emmy® award-winning, member-supported media organization serving all of Southern Arizona. AZPM has six public television channels and three radio stations, including PBS 6, PBS Kids and NPR 89.1. AZPM produces local content from its digital studios on the campus of the University of Arizona and is provided as a community service and educational resource. More information about AZPM, including program schedules and Video-on-Demand offerings, can be found online at azpm.org.

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