Three Grads Grab Emmys

Loretta Devine, M.F.A.’76, Ethan Prochnik ’86 and Ray Arsenault, M.A.’74, Ph.D.’81, were among the winners at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony on Sept. 10 in Los Angeles.

Devine, a veteran performer on stage, film and television, won an Emmy for outstanding guest actress in a drama series for her recurring role as Adele Webber in “Grey’s Anatomy.” Prochnik was honored for his work as series producer for Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch,” which captured Emmys in the categories of outstanding reality program, outstanding cinematography for reality programming, outstanding picture editing for reality programming, and outstanding sound mixing for nonfiction programming.

The PBS documentary “Freedom Riders,” based on Arsenault’s 2006 book “Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice,” received Emmys in three categories: exceptional merit in nonfiction filmmaking, writing for nonfiction programming, and picture editing for nonfiction programming. The project tells the story of civil rights activists who 50 years ago challenged segregation in the American South.

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