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PBS Leads With 14 News & Documentary Emmy® Awards

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With five News & Documentary Emmy® Award wins during the two-night virtual ceremony, FRONTLINE has received 100 News & Documentary Emmys® to date.

PBS programs were honored with 14 2021 News & Documentary Emmy® Awardsthe most of any organizationproving that PBS continues to be America’s home for documentaries and one of the most trusted sources for news and public affairs programming.

The 42nd Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards were presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) on September 28 and 29 during two live-streamed ceremonies. PBS series FRONTLINE led with five total News and Documentary Emmys, marking a significant milestone of 100 Emmy Awards to date. POV received three awards, including Best Documentary, followed by INDEPENDENT LENS and AMERICAN MASTERS honored with two awards each, and NATURE and PBS NEWSHOUR receiving one award each. 

A complete list of PBS wins is below. PBS congratulates all of our programs and producers!

PBS’s News & Documentary Emmy® Award winners:

FRONTLINE “Taliban Country”

Outstanding Video Journalism: News


FRONTLINE “Love, Life & the Virus” 

Best Story in a Newsmagazine


FRONTLINE “The Luanda Leaks”

Outstanding Investigative Report in a Newsmagazine


FRONTLINE “Once Upon A Time In Iraq”

Outstanding Historical Documentary


FRONTLINE “Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos”

Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary


POV “The Rescue List”

Outstanding Social Issue Documentary


POV SHORTS “The Love Bugs”

Outstanding Short Documentary


POV “Advocate”

Best Documentary



Outstanding Research: Documentary


INDEPENDENT LENS “Belly of the Beast”

Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary


AMERICAN MASTERS “Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool”

Outstanding Arts and Culture Documentary

Outstanding Sound


NATURE “Primates” 

Outstanding Music Composition 


PBS NEWSHOUR “Desperate Journey”                                                                                       

Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Newscast