TV Tacoma wins seven national awards

TV Tacoma staff garnered seven national programming awards last week at the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) annual video awards in Washington, D.C. The City’s cable channel 12 won three first-place awards, two second-place awards and three third-place awards for its productions that ranged from performing arts shows to magazine programs, community event coverage and feature stories on historic sites and nonprofit agencies.

First-place honors went to “Java Jive,” a documentary profile by producer John N. Miller telling the story behind this unique Tacoma destination following its placement on the City’s Register of Historic Landmarks. The magazine program “Port Report,” hosted by Rod Koon of the Port of Tacoma and produced by Fredrick Yomes of TV Tacoma surpassed finalists from Seattle, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Tucson for another first-place award. “Port Report” features stories of Port terminal expansion, job growth and environmental stewardship.

First-place honors also went to the “City of Destiny Awards” in the Community Event category for televised production of the Council’s celebration recognizing outstanding volunteers in our community, produced by Fredrick Yomes, with feature stories profiling the winners produced by each member of the TV Tacoma staff. This marked the ninth national award presented to TV Tacoma for coverage of this annual event.

“With more than 135 awards to their credit, we know we have a talented team of employees at TV Tacoma, and it’s great to see them honored once again by their peers,” said Mayor Bill Baarsma.
TV Tacoma earned second-place awards for:

— Overall Excellence

— “Camp Blaze,” a feature story about a summer camp supported by volunteers from the Tacoma Fire Department inspiring young women to explore a career in fire fighting

Rounding out the awards, the third-place finishes included:

— The Nonprofit Partnership Project

— Coverage of the Tacoma City Ballet’s “Nutcracker”

TV Tacoma is broadcast on cable Channel 12 within Tacoma and on Channel 21 in parts of Pierce County. For more information about TV Tacoma, visit its Web site at