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Milwaukee PBS has been recognized for its excellence in production, journalism and advocacy by numerous organizations locally, regionally and nationally.

Milwaukee PBS Recognized as a National Leader Among Television Stations

In 2020, Milwaukee PBS, a licensee of Milwaukee Area Technical College, created a trove of new specials and local productions that focused on what was happening in Milwaukee, in real-time, even as the station faced new and unforeseen television production challenges. This commitment to innovative, timely, relevant content was recently recognized with the nation’s 2020 Public Media Award for Excellence in Overall Content by the National Education Telecommunications Association (NETA). MORE >

John McGivern Earns Emmy


Milwaukee PBS is proud to announce that it was awarded the Overall Excellence in Content during the Public Media Awards at the 2021 NETA Conference.


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Nationwide Attention

Due to its digital program offerings and wide-reaching, impactful initiatives, Milwaukee PBS has a national profile as a public television media organization.

Local Documentary Sparks National Conversation and Award

Kids in Crisis: You’re Not Alone has inspired the passage of a new Wisconsin state law and engaged the country in a national discussion.

National Association of Black Journalist

In June 2018, the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) named Everett L. Marshburn as the recipient of its 2018 Journalist of Distinction Award.

Extension of USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin’s Kids in Crisis

The 30-minute documentary "Kids In Crisis: You're Not Alone" follows four young people from Wisconsin navigating mental health challenges.

Featured ON WORLD

Around the Corner with John McGivern

Award-winning, local production which is one of the highest-rated local programs on PBS stations in the US. Nationwide.

Local and Regional Awards 2020 - 2021


Milwaukee PBS Takes Home Multiple Gold Awards at Milwaukee Press Club Awards

Milwaukee PBS’ local productions took home five awards at the Milwaukee Press Club’s awards gala for “Excellence in Journalism,” including three Gold Awards. Winners were selected from hundreds of entries received from throughout the state, and were announced at the Milwaukee Press Club’s Annual Gridiron Awards Ceremony, held virtually on Wednesday, May 19.

Local and Regional Awards 2019 - 2020

John McGivern Earns his 4th Emmy Award for Hosting

John McGivern was awarded the Outstanding Crafts Achievement for On-Camera Talent-host for Around the Corner with John McGivern™.

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Milwaukee PBS Takes Home Three Regional Emmy Awards

Milwaukee PBS was recognized for its work in telling Milwaukee’s stories at this year’s Emmy Awards Gala in Chicago.

Awards Received in 2018

Milwaukee Press Club

  • Best Long, Hard Feature Story - Undocumented and Afraid - Gold
  • Best Soft, Feature Story Online - Gold
  • Best Public Service Story or Series Online - Gold
  • Best Editing Video - Gold
  • Best Photo Essay or Series for Visual Journalism, - Silver
  • Best Long, Soft Feature Story Video - Silver
  • Best Long, Soft Feature Story Video - Silver
  • Best Hard, Feature Story Online - Silver
  • Best News Program Video - Silver
  • Best Long, Soft Feature Story Video (tie) - Bronze
  • Best Use of Multimedia Online - Bronze
  • Producer Everett Marshburn Inducted into the 2019 Media Hall of Fame

National Association for Black Journalist (NABJ)

  • 2018 Journalist of Distinction Award
  • Salute to Excellence - Public Affairs - Interview/Discussion
  • Salute to Excellence - Public Affairs-Segment
  • Salute to Excellence - Specialty
  • Salute to Excellence - General Assignment News - Long Form


Chicago/Midwest Chapter National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

  • Regional Emmy - Outstanding Achievement for Public Affairs/Current Affairs/Current Affairs Programming


American Public Television


Consumer Advisory Committee - FCC

  • Bohdan Zachary is the first representative from public television in the Consumer Advisory Committee’s20-year history.

National Educational Telecommunications Association Finalist



Awards Received in 2017

Milwaukee Press Club

  • Best News of Sports Program - Gold
  • Best Writing in a Video Story - Silver
  • Best Documentary - Silver
  • Best Long Form Feature Story - Bronze

National Association for Black Journalists (NABJ)

  • Salute to Excellence Award - Public Affairs-Segment
  • Salute to Excellence Award - Public Affairs-Interview

Chicago/Midwest Chapter National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

  • Regional Emmy - Outstanding Achievement for News Specialty Reporting/Series - Environment
  • Regional Emmy - Outstanding Achievement for Public Affairs/Current Affairs Programming - Segment
  • Reginal Emmy - Outstanding Achievement for Magazine Programming - Program/Special/Series/Segment


Generational Education

As part of its mission to enhance the quality of life in southeastern Wisconsin by encouraging people to consider issues and explore ideas, Milwaukee PBS provides community education programs, directed toward both children and older adults alike.

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Next Avenue

For over seven years, Milwaukee PBS has provided southeastern Wisconsin with PBS’ national initiative, Next Avenue, designed to help adults over 50 lead more fulfilling lives. Each year, Milwaukee PBS holds five Community Conversations throughout its viewing area, each based on the five tenets of Next Avenue - Health & Well Being, Money & Security, Work & Purpose, Living & Learning, and Caregiving. Hosted by John McGivern, these Community Conversations are also broadcast on WMVS and WMVT.

Milwaukee PBS’ Next Avenue initiative is generously supported by Milwaukee’s Helen Bader Foundation.

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Children’s Activities

Milwaukee PBS hosts multiple events for children in order to promote literacy and learning. These include reading events and promotions, and entertainment events featuring characters from PBS KIDS programs.

Storytelling 101

In conjunction with the Milwaukee PBS KIDS Writers Contest, Milwaukee PBS offers free writing workshops to children throughout the winter months. At Storytelling 101, children learn the basics of storytelling and learn how art and illustrations make stories come alive.

Community Involvement

As an active community partner whose over-arching goal is to improve the quality of life, Milwaukee PBS employs methods to complement its broadcast offerings, in order to educate, inform, entertain and stimulate the imagination.

Black Nouveau: Listen MKE - Domestic Violence


Why we are seeing an uptick in violence against women and what can be done about it was the subject of the most recent “Listen MKE.”

Adelante: Stories of Our Pandemic 104


In this special edition, ADELANTE looks at how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Also, who is moving the Latino vote, and how has the Latino presence in Milwaukee changed since the latest Presidential election?

10thirtysix: Listen MKE


"Listen MKE," a community listening project with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, WUWM and the Milwaukee Public Library. Protests have occurred in Milwaukee and across the nation after the death of George Floyd. "Listen MKE" asks "Why did this incident spark national protest and unrest? And what are the Milwaukee demonstrators asking for?"

Loyal Viewers

Every week, Milwaukee PBS is watched by over 627,770 viewers throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. It is with the support of its loyal viewers that Milwaukee PBS can continue to offer its local and national programming to educate, inform, entertain and inspire.

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