KBTC Public Television, a service of Bates Technical College, has added another award to it’s growing collection of accolades. Emmy Award-winning public affairs program Northwest Now secured a Bronze Telly Award at the 37th annual competition.

The winning episode, “Saving the Salmon,” features the ongoing salmon restoration efforts of five Native American tribes. Tom Layson, managing editor and producer/host of Northwest Now,  and his crew traveled more than 1,200 miles across the Puget Sound region to shoot the story. Layson met with fish experts and tribal members to learn more about how they aim to produce higher numbers of salmon in the region’s waterways, after the rise of industrialization and population has lowered those numbers.

Layson said, “It’s nice to be recognized in a contest that’s judged nationally. Northwest Now has the luxury of ‘Taking a Closer Look’ at a wide variety of topics and the existential threat to the region’s salmon stocks is an important one.”

The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is among the premier awards honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.

A prestigious judging panel of more than 500 accomplished industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly and a member of The Silver Telly Council, judged the competition, upholding the historical standard of excellence that Telly represents. The Silver Council evaluated entries to recognize distinction in creative work. Entries do not compete against each other, rather, entries are judged against a high standard of merit.

To learn more about the Telly Awards, visit www.tellyawards.com. To learn more about the weekly program, Northwest Now, go to www.kbtc.org, or email NorthwestNow@kbtc.org.

About KBTC Public Television

KBTC is the South Sound’s Public Broadcasting Station. Operating out of Tacoma, Washington, KBTC is the only television broadcaster in Pierce County. KBTC is committed to telling local stories that aren’t being told anywhere else, serving underserved and diverse audiences, and connecting viewers with the people and ideas that shape western Washington. KBTC is available to 1.8 million TV households and 4.3 million viewers in western Washington, British Columbia, and Oregon. Over 900,000 viewers tune in weekly. KBTC is a viewer supported community service of Bates Technical College.

For interview requests, images or additional information, please contact Cheree Apland, KBTC, at capland@kbtc.org or 253.680.7701.