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“Champion Trees” wins EMMY Mid-America Awards

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Our congratulations to all who contributed to AETN original documentary “Champion Trees”! The film, which explores the stories of Arkansas’ arboreal giants and the communities and individuals who care for them, received two EMMY Mid-America Awards at the Kansas City Mid-America EMMY Gala.

“Champion Trees” was named “Best Documentary” in the cultural category and earned its second award for “Best Cinematography” for the work by director Gabe Mayhan.

One of the most coveted awards in the television industry, these EMMY Mid-America awards bring accolades not only to “Champion Trees,” but to AETN and all of Arkansas, as well. We’re deeply grateful for the opportunity to share this story, and to the many groups and individuals who made its production possible.

Haven’t seen “Champion Trees,” yet? Take a peek at the preview clip or take the film into your classroom with the FREE educators guide available at:


“Champion Trees”


Major funding for Champion Trees was provided by the Morris Foundation, Horace C. Cabe Foundation, Windgate Charitable Foundation, Richard W. Averill Foundation. 

Additional funding was provided by Munro Foundation, C. Louis & Mary C. Cabe Foundation, Olds Foundation, The Jane Howard Foundation, Carco International and Mr. and Mrs.Franklin Hawkins.