WABE Wins Prestigious “Overall Excellence” Award at 2024 Southeast Emmy Awards

Atlanta’s public media station also won “Historical/Cultural – Long Form Content” and “Writer-Long Form Content” honors

Atlanta (June 17, 2024) – Public-media powerhouse WABE took home three awards at the 2024 Southeast Emmy Awards ceremony on Saturday.

The big win for WABE was the “Overall Excellence” award, recognizing the station’s outstanding original programming during its 75th anniversary year. This included acclaimed programs like “(re)Defining History: Uncovering the 1906 Atlanta Race Massacre” and The Spelman College Glee Club at Serenbe; interactive digital experiences such as the 1906 Walking Tour; social-media engagement, and community activations.

“Winning ‘Overall Excellence’ is a tremendous honor that validates WABE’s unwavering commitment to amplifying vital stories from our Atlanta community through exceptional programming,” says WABE President/CEO Jennifer Dorian. “I’m incredibly proud of the entire WABE Studios-Video team, led by Alison Hashimoto, for their creativity and passion and commitment to connecting Atlantans to Atlanta.”

Along with WABE’s “Overall Excellence” win, WABE Studios took home two 2024 Southeast Emmy Awards for “(re)Defining History: Uncovering the 1906 Atlanta Race Massacre.” Produced in partnership with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, the documentary shed light on the 1906 Atlanta Race Massacre.

The mini-documentary won the top spot in the “Historical/Cultural – Long Form Content” category, while producer Brianna Carr earned 2024 Southeast Emmy “Writer–Long Form Content” award for her writing on (re)Defining History.

Working Nation’s collaboration with WABE Studios, “Breaking Barriers: Embracing Disabilities in the Workforce,” won a 2024 Southeast Emmy in the “Long Form Interview” category.

WABE received a total of five Southeast Emmy nominations this year:

(re)Defining History being a finalist for the 2024 Southeast Emmy Awards highlights the power of confronting history with honesty and integrity,” says Darrin Sims, Director of the Truth and Transformation Program at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. “Our collaboration with WABE aimed to tell the story of Atlanta’s and the U.S.’s painful past while honoring the resilience of communities like Sweet Auburn. These Emmys validate their excellent work. We congratulate WABE on this achievement.”

The Southeast Emmy Awards recognize outstanding television production across Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and parts of North Carolina.


WABE is Atlanta’s original, independent, non-profit source for news and local stories and the choice for NPR and PBS. Our stations deliver fact-based journalism and inclusive, engaging, cultural content that informs, inspires, reflects, and empowers the millions who call the Greater Atlanta area home. WABE’s programs, podcasts, and events make Atlanta’s stories and storytellers accessible and relevant across various platforms for our diverse audience. WABE original programming, along with national NPR and PBS content, is available on WABE 90.1FM, WABE.org, WABE TV (PBS-30), and WABE-HD1/ WABE-HD2, as well as streaming on the WABE Mobile App, Hulu + Live, YouTube TV, Chromecast, PBS.org, Local Now, Roku, Android TV & mobile, Amazon Fire TV & tablets, iOS, tvOS, and Android TV live streams. Visit wabe.org for more information.