KBTC Public Television reels in its 10th Emmy Award

Thursday, June 27

Local public affairs program Northwest Now wins its first Emmy statuette

TACOMA, Wash. - For the sixth consecutive year, KBTC, a service of Bates Technical College, has won an Emmy Award from the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Tom Layson, producer and host of KBTC's Northwest Now, a weekly, locally-produced public affairs program, accepted the statuette at the awards ceremony on Saturday, June 15.  

Winning in the category of Public/Current/Community Affairs-Program/Special, Northwest Now's episode "I Do" takes on the gay marriage debate, and features studio guests Joshua Friedes, director of Marriage Equality, Equal Rights Washington, and Joseph Backholm, director of the Family Policy Institute of Washington. This episode also examines the controversial Hide/Seek portrait exhibition at the Tacoma Art Museum.  

"We are proud of the outstanding work Tom Layson has done with Northwest Now and are honored that KBTC has been recognized for this excellent program," said KBTC Interim General Manager and Executive Director Ed Ulman. "Northwest Now serves as a great example of the high-quality programming KBTC is dedicated to providing in our community."  

Considered the industry's most prestigious and highest honor, the Emmy Award recognizes excellence in television programming. KBTC has won 10 Emmy Awards and has garnered more than 20 Emmy nominations since 2007. You can watch the entire Northwest Now episode of "I Do" here.  

For more information about Northwest Now, email NorthwestNow@kbtc.org, or visit www.kbtc.org.  

About KBTC

As a PBS affiliate, KBTC serves more than 3 million viewers from Southwestern Washington to Southern British Columbia. Bates Technical College has owned and operated KBTC since 1992. In 1980, KBTC launched its satellite station KCKA in Centralia serving the Southern region of the state. KBTC was originally licensed in 1961 to Tacoma Public Schools, broadcasting under the call letters KTPS-TV. For more information, visit www.kbtc.org, or call 253.680.7700.  

About Bates Technical College

Founded in 1940, Bates Technical College offers certificate and degree opportunities in 53 career education programs, and serves approximately 3,000 career training students and 10,000 more community members annually in extended learning, distance learning, high school, and other programs. For more information, go to www.bates.ctc.edu, or call 253.680.7000.  

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