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March 19, 2012

MILWAUKEE, Wis., March 19, 2012 - At the annual Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA) Student Seminar, held March 3th, several Milwaukee Area Technical College Television and Video Production students won a WBA Student Award for Excellence.
*Phil Kraus, Nate Schardin, Jake Fatke, Andy Ilk and Tony Cole won first place in the Long Form Production Non-News (TV) category for Our Clear Responsibility.
*Nate Schardin and Phil Kraus won third place in the Long Form Production Non-News (TV) category for MATC's Firefighting Technician Program.
*In the News Series/Documentary category, Phil Kraus, Nate Schardin, Jake Fatke and Tony Cole captured first place for Perseverance: Climbing the Flatlands.
*In the News Series/Documentary division, Phil Kraus, Nate Schardin, Jake Fatke and Tony Cole won third place for Landscape Pioneer: H.H. Bennett.

Additionally, Panthervision, the long-running cooperative newscast with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, won several awards in the News category, including a first place award for the episode directed by MATC student Jack Fatke.

Some of these same winners (as well as others) were nominated and won awards at the 2010-2011 Chicago/Midwest National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy Competition last November. These students, trained at MPTV and educated at MATC, were honored with several student Emmy's surpassing program entries from some of the largest, most well-known and respected colleges and universities in the Midwest.

For over 50 years, students enrolled in the Television and Video Production associate degree program at Milwaukee Area Technical College have trained alongside the broadcast professionals at Milwaukee Public Television. This allows for hands-on work experience at a large, professional, state-of-the-art broadcast facility while under the guidance of television professionals who function both as producers and directors as well as instructors.

About MPTV
Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) is southeastern Wisconsin's premier non-commercial media organization. MPTV consists of two traditional television stations, WMVS and WMVT, and seven additional digital television services. The MPTV stations are the area's only over-the-air source for PBS and other national public television programs, and also offer a diverse schedule of their own award-winning local series and specials. The station is watched by over 900,000 viewers each week throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
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