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Andrew Riley ’14 wins two regional Emmy Awards

An associate producer for Georgia Public Broadcasting’s PBS show, "Georgia Outdoors,” Riley and his colleagues were honored on June 11 at the 42nd Annual Southeast Emmy Awards in Atlanta.

Andrew Riley ’14 works as an associate producer for Georgia Public Broadcasting’s PBS show, "Georgia Outdoors,” an original series highlighting the peach state’s natural beauty. Photos courtesy of GPB 

Andrew Riley ’14, a School of Communications graduate and an associate producer for a Georgia Public Broadcasting television series, received two awards at the 42nd Annual Southeast Emmy Awards in Atlanta.

The cinema and television arts and history double major was honored with colleagues on June 11 for their work on “Georgia Outdoors,” an original series that showcases wildlife, plants and other aspects found in the peach state. The series was honored in the Magazine Program category and Health/Science - Program Feature/Segment category. Full episodes of “Georgia Outdoors” are available here.

In a press release announcing the program's accolades, the Georgia Public Broadcasting staff singled out Riley’s contributions, which began the summer after his first year at Elon. Riley served as an intern each summer through his Elon graduation and was offered a paid position in summer 2014 as a production assistant. 

“Our group especially cheered for first-time nominee and ‘Georgia Outdoors’ associate producer Andrew Riley who won two trophies,” the release stated. “Riley is dear to our hearts because he started out as a college intern and has blossomed into a prolific photographer, videographer and go-to guy.”

Riley (left) looks on as Sharon Collins, “Georgia Outdoors” executive producer and host, accepts a Southeast Emmy Award June 11. 

​Today, Riley’s responsibilities include coordinating the production team, researching show topics, brainstorming future show episodes, organizing the production’s resources, and acquiring the necessary items needed to complete an episode. The “all-encompassing production job” also consists of editing weekly promos for television broadcast and managing the production's online public relations and marketing.

“I am particularly proud of my research on the two episodes I received awards for because of their emphasis on climate change and how the phenomenon is affecting aspects of life in Georgia, from the bees to the barrier islands,” he said. “I am so thankful to have an opportunity to make an impact in my community and region through short documentary storytelling. I truly love my job and I am excited to see what the future brings.”

Riley also commended Elon for providing him with the skills needed to succeed in his chosen field, noting “I couldn't have done it without all the support I received as a student.”

The regional chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented the Southeast Emmy Awards at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead in Atlanta.

Tommy Kopetskie,
6/15/2016 1:30 PM