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“Linking Land and Lakes”

WCMU Public Media wins 2 Michigan Emmys

“Destination Michigan” and “Linking Land and Lakes” take home 2020 awards

Contact: ​Jeff Johnston


WCMU Public Media’s flagship televised magazine show “Destination Michigan” and documentary “Linking Land and Lakes: Protecting the Great Lakes’ Coastal Wetlands” earned Emmy awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Michigan Chapter.

WCMU’s team covered 5,000 miles and talked to more than 40 experts to produce “Linking Land and Lakes,” documenting the vital role coastal wetlands play in keeping the Great Lakes healthy. It won an Emmy in the Photographer Non-News category. 

The documentary was produced in partnership with Central Michigan University’s Institute for Great Lakes Research and features the multi-institutional U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-funded basinwide Great Lakes Coastal Wetland monitoring program, led by CMU.

“Destination Michigan” received a third consecutive Michigan Emmy Award for its television excellence in the Magazine Program category.

The winning “Destination Michigan” episode features stories about the Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens in Midland, The Creature Conservancy in Ann Arbor, Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch in Mackinaw City, Michigan’s North Country Trail and Trenary Home Bakery in Alger County. 

WCMU Public Media staff members who contributed to the winning programs include Stefanie Mills, Adam Miedema, Chris Ogozaly, Matthew Ozanich and Steven Smith.

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From left, Chris Ogozaly, Steven Smith, Matthew Ozanich, Adam Miedema and Stefanie Mills celebrate the "Destination Michigan" Emmy win in 2019. The same crew worked on this year's winning episode, but the award ceremony was virtual.

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