CUNY TV wins record 7 awards at NY Emmys



Arianne Gonzalez, Arts & Culture Editor

CUNY TV won a record seven awards at the virtual 64th New York Emmys Awards, held on Oct. 30.

This year, CUNY TV earned a near-record of 15 nominations for the New York Emmy Awards in short form and long form content in subjects including: arts/entertainment, education/schools, military, societal concerns, sports story, magazine program, public affairs program, interview/discussion and promotion.

“What a richly-deserved honor for CUNY and for CUNY TV, once again being recognized by the New York Emmy Awards for its unique and diverse storytelling and continuing to both entertain and engage New Yorkers at a time when we truly need it,”  Vice Chancellor for Communications and Marketing Maite Junco said. “Congratulations to the entire CUNY TV family on a truly successful weekend.”

The university’s television station won for its programs “Nueva York” and “Asian American Life,” and the station’s “COVID Latino Style” promotional campaign.

The New York Emmy Awards is hosted by the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, an organization which recognizes excellence in television programs. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s ceremony was held virtually and hosted all over New York City.

“Nueva York,” a 30-minute show that explores Latinx society in the city, won six awards, including one for its “Summer Special,” which won in the magazine program category.

“Last night we got 6 EMMYs and the most amazing thing happened when they announced the Best Magazine Show awarded to Nueva York, proving that a team work is always the path for best media content,” the Nueva York CUNY TV Instagram page stated.

“Asian American Life” won in the category of education for short form content up to 10 minutes for its monthly half-hour series.

The series, titled “Fighting Hunger, Feeding Minds; A New Yorker’s Mission to Keep Kids in School in Rural Philippines,” highlights Ayesha Vera-Yu who cofounded Advancement For Rural Kids. It aims to invest in rural communities by providing food, schooling and sustainable income.

The nominations are one less than the record of 16 for last year’s award season. CUNY TV Art Director Adam Fingerwon for “Shades of U.S. – Show Opening” in the graphic arts: animation category.

CUNY TV was established to educate viewers and extend “the academic mission” of the university system to the 7.3 million households it reaches in the New York City area. This year’s win totaled the station’s wins to 28 New York Emmys and over 100 nominations since it began in 1985.