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Rhode Island PBS Takes Home Two Boston/New England Emmy® Awards

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Rhode Island PBS Weekly's Anti-Graffiti Vigilantes took home a Regional Emmy® Award under the "Arts/Entertainment News" category on Saturday, June 8, 2024, at the 47th Annual Boston/New England Emmy® Awards Ceremony. The story, created by reporter Pamela Watts, photographer Dewey Raposo, and executive producer Barbara Dury, chronicles the work of the dedicated volunteer group Anti-Graffiti Vigilantes. The Narragansett, Rhode Island, organization has developed an art method to combat graffiti on coastal rocks, promoting environmental restoration and preservation for two decades. 

Arts & Culture series ART inc. received the station's second Regional Emmy® Award in the "Societal Concerns - Short Form Content" category. The winning piece, titled Forged By Fire, was created by producer Lindsey Poole and executive producer Tracy MacDonald. Set at The Steel Yard, a nonprofit industrial art center in Providence, Rhode Island, Forged By Fire offers a unique perspective on the critical issue of gun violence. The story features the Metal Lab class, where students engage in open conversations about gun violence while transforming firearms into works of art. 

These two wins come after Rhode Island PBS received 19 nominations on April 9, 2024.

You can watch the winning entries below:

ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Anti-Graffiti Vigilantes 

  • Pamela Watts, Reporter/Producer
  • Barbara Dury, Executive Producer
  • Dewey Raposo, Photographer
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  • Tracy MacDonald, Executive Producer
  • Lindsey Poole, Producer
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