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WHRO Public Media Earns Five Awards in the 37th Annual Telly Awards

WHRO Recognized for Creative Productions and Programs



NORFOLK, VA (June 9, 2016) – The Telly Awards has recognized WHRO Public Media with two Silver and three Bronze Awards in the 37th Annual Telly Awards. With over 13,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, the following series were recognized for their compelling and creative production.

  • Health Beat – 2016 Silver Award
    The Health Beat series is a collection of animated educational videos designed to inform children about basic healthy eating principles through engaging characters and memorable songs.
  • The Scene – 2016 Silver Award & 2016 Bronze Award
    The Scene series highlights local, emerging artists in Hampton Roads and features the work of visual artists, musicians and performing artists, showcasing their motivation, inspiration and their powerful work.
  • International Tattoo Festival – 2016 Bronze Award
    The International Tattoo Festival is an exhibition of military performers from around the globe, culminating in a spectacular performance, to share, inspire and educate the community.
  •  StoryCorps U – 2016 Bronze Award
    StoryCorps U uses StoryCorps’ effective interviewing techniques – packaged with outstanding radio broadcasts and animated shorts – to support high school students in the development of identity and in drawing connections between their unique strengths and the college application process.


The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award 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 over 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.  Less than 10% of entries are chosen as Winners of the Silver Telly, our highest honor.  Approximately 25% of entries are chosen as Winners of the Bronze Telly.  

“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards. “WHRO’s accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.” 

“WHRO is honored to be recognized with five Telly Awards this year. This is a testament to the captivating storytelling that our team and partners have been able to showcase,” states Bert Schmidt, President and Chief Executive Officer of WHRO.

To find out more about the Telly Awards, visit our website at www.tellyawards.com.



About WHRO: Since it’s founding in 1961 to support education, WHRO has employed creativity and technology to serve the residents of southeast Virginia in its mission to educate, inform and entertain viewers and listeners of WHRO’s four public television and eight public radio stations. Owned by 19 southeastern Virginia school divisions, WHRO also delivers online educational and new media services to 286,000 students and 25,000 educators per month. To learn more, visit www.whro.org.