Darius Barati, a 2007 WKU graduate, was recognized for his work in the craft category of lighting for Lost River Sessions. This was the second consecutive award for work on Lost River Sessions with James Pearson receiving the honor for audio last year.
“It was a high honor to be recognized for our work with Lost River Sessions, but it was even more so to be able to represent WKU and the station, WKU PBS, where I received both my education and my first professional experience as a student crew member several years ago,” Barati said. “It was definitely a full circle moment for me.”
“The environment that David Brinkley (director of Educational Telecommunications) and Production Manager Jessica Gibbs have created here at WKU PBS is one that encourages creativity and a passion for the craft and it directly shows in the work we’ve been able to do because of that.”
WKU’s public broadcasting service has been nominated in each of the past 13 years, receiving the coveted award 19 times.
Later that evening, Barbara Deeb was recognized with a NATAS Ohio Valley Silver Circle Award. One of the highest honors given by NATAS, the Ohio Valley Silver Circle recognizes television professionals who have performed distinguished service within the television industry for 25 years or more, a significant part of which was done within the chapter’s region of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia.
Silver and Gold Circle members are honored for more than their longevity — they are honored for making an enduring contribution to the vitality of the television industry and for setting standards of achievement we can all hope to emulate. These honorees also give back to the community as mentors, educators and volunteers. There have only been 58 Silver or Gold Circle recipients in the 52-year history of the Ohio Valley Chapter. Deeb is the first recipient from Bowling Green and is only the 10th recipient from Kentucky.
“I am honored and humbled by this recognition,” Deeb said. “When you do what you love for nearly four decades, to receive an honor like this from my peers, marks a pinnacle in my career. I am proud to work with the dedicated professionals at WKU PBS who are committed to furthering the mission of PBS.”
At the beginning of the evening, David Brinkley was installed as the president of the NATAS Ohio Valley Chapter. He is the first chapter president from Bowling Green.
“It is with a dedication and service in mind that I have accepted the responsibilities associated with this honor,” Brinkley said. “I am very proud to represent WKU and PBS in this role. We have a great deal to accomplish over the next few years. I hope to be an active part of it.”
Robbin Taylor, WKU’s vice president of Public Affairs, said: “The recognition of Barbara Deeb’s service and contributions to the broadcasting profession by NATAS, an Emmy for Darius Barati’s work on Lost River Sessions and the election of David Brinkley as president of the NATAS Ohio Valley chapter demonstrate the high caliber, professional talent and outstanding leadership of our WKU PBS team. These three individuals are among the hardest working, most creative and dedicated professionals in the entire industry, and WKU is fortunate to have them. While we are certainly proud of their individual achievements, these honors reflect the excellence of the entire team at WKU PBS.”
WKU PBS has also provided student production assistance for a number of years to the chapter. This year, Karen Webb was added to the production crew to enhance the production and lead the student effort.
The Emmy Awards judge entries on their own merits and do not compare entries to one another. It is for that reason that the Emmys are unique because there can be one award, more than one award, or no awards given in any given category. The Emmy Award, also known as the “Emmy,” is the highest award given in the television industry and it considered the television equivalent to the Academy Awards (for film), Grammy Awards (for music) and Tony Awards (for stage).
Contact: David Brinkley, (270) 745-6140