The Nine Network Wins Two Mid-America Emmy Awards

Emmy for American Graduate Teacher Town Hall Wins Recognition for Nine Network’s Initiative Addressing the Dropout Crisis 


St. Louis, MOOctober 1, 2012— The Nine Network of Public Media won two Emmy Awards from the Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), it was announced at ceremonies in Kansas City on Saturday, September 22.

The Nine Network’s Emmy in the category Special Achievement, Community Service recognized the live, hour-long broadcast American Graduate Teacher Town Hall, which was funded in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The program, moderated by Gwen Ifill of PBS NewsHour, served as the kick-off event for the national American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen initiative being led by the Nine Network both in St. Louis and across the country. Locally, American Graduate has brought 51 partner organizations together to help students stay on the path to on-time high school graduation and future success. Accepting the award on Saturday were American Graduate Teacher Town Hall producers Anne-Marie Berger and Jim Kirchherr, executive producer Amy Shaw and associate producer Margaret Enright.

Additionally, Nine Network producer Jim Kirchherr won a Presidential Emmy in recognition of five years he spent, from 2007 to 2011, serving as president of the Mid-America Chapter of NATAS, which includes all of Missouri and Arkansas, southern Illinois, and part of Iowa, Louisiana, Kentucky and Kansas.

Berger is a resident of Maplewood. Kirchherr lives in University City. Shaw lives in the Benton Park neighborhood of St. Louis. Enright is a resident of downtown St. Louis.

About the Nine Network of Public Media

The Nine Network of Public Media is a multifaceted public media organization creating a network of individuals and organizations empowered by public media to strengthen civic life. One of the nation’s most watched public television stations, Nine offers the people of the St. Louis region multiple ways to explore the world, including the Nine Center for Public Engagement, Nine Academy,,, and four distinct broadcast channels (Nine PBS, Nine World, Nine Create and Nine Kids). The Nine Network’s rich legacy of serving the community was launched in 1954 and continues through our mission of bringing St. Louis together as we connect our region to the world and the world to St. Louis.

About American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen

American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen is a public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help local communities across the country address the dropout crisis. CPB, in partnership with America’s Promise Alliance and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is working with public media stations in 20 markets where the dropout crisis is most acute to raise awareness of the issue and coordinate action with community partners―all with the goal of helping students stay on course to graduate from high school.

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