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“Story in the Public Square” Honored with Two Wins in 45th-Annual Telly Awards

NEWPORT, RI,  May 22, 2024 – For the eighth time in seven years, the The Pell Center at Salve Regina University has been honored with two Telly Awards for “Story in the Public Square.” In this, the 45th-Annual Telly Awards, the show won bronze in the History category for its episode with historian Jeffery Veidlinger on Inter-War Pogroms and bronze in the Entertainment category for its episode with renown film critic Pete Hammond who forecasted the 2023 Academy Awards.

In an episode originally broadcast in February of 2023, acclaimed historian and award-winning author Jeffery Veidlinger explored the evolution of Anti-Semitism throughout Europe in the years after World War I. Veidlinger said the targeted violence sowed the seeds for the Holocaust that would arrive two decades later.  He is an award-winning author and Joseph Brodsky Collegiate Professor of History and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan.

The other winning episode featured chief film critic for Deadline Hollywood Pete Hammond who said the 2023 Academy Award nominees reflected the issues facing Americans during a year that saw pandemic disease, social unrest, and bare-knuckled politics. While theaters struggled with pandemic era audience shifts, films created for the big screen streamed directly to our homes, changing the way we consumed new, cinematic releases.

The Telly Awards honor excellence in video and television across all screens and are judged by leaders from video platforms, television, streaming networks, production companies. This year’s winners include Adobe, Calvin Klein, ESPN, LinkedIn, Mother Jones, MTV Entertainment Studios, NASA, the LA Clippers (NBA). PlayStation Studios, Sawhorse Productions, TelevisaUnivison and more.

“Each year the Telly Awards celebrate the best in video production,” said Jim Ludes, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Salve Regina University and co-host and co-executive producer of the show. “We’re humbled to be recognized by the Telly Awards and grateful for the recognition it offers to our guests and great crew who make the show possible.”

Co-host and co-executive producer G. Wayne Miller echoed Ludes’ sentiment. “This is a testament to our fabulous crew, staff, guests and our audiences, who have supported the show from the start – even during the pandemic, when for two years we produced from our homes.” said Miller. “Thank you, thank you, all!”

“The caliber of the work this season truly has reflected the theme of going beyond the frame,” said Telly Awards Managing Director Amanda Needham. “Our industry is experimenting with new technologies like never before, crafting truly compelling stories to draw attention to some of the world’s most pressing issues.”

This was a record-breaking year for the Telly Awards, with nearly 13,000 entries from across the globe and top video and television content producers. Winners were chosen by The Telly Awards Judging Council which includes Nathalie Van Sasse Van Ysselt, VP of Design and Creative Services, MSG Sphere Studios; Barry Christie, Global Creative Lead, Meta Creative Shop; Farihah Zaman, Director, member of Brown Girl Doc Mafia; Aiden Darné, VP, Global Studio Lead Shutterstock; Malinda Wink, Executive Director Minderoo Pictures.  The full list of the 45th Annual Telly Awards winners can be found at

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The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy is a think tank on the Salve Regina University campus in historic Newport, Rhode Island. Its programs on domestic and international issues are designed to generate new ideas, to expand public understanding of important issues and, ultimately, to help the public and its leaders make better decisions.  Dedicated to honoring Sen. Claiborne Pell’s legacy, the center promotes American engagement in the world, effective government at home and civic participation by all Americans. The Pell Center accomplishes this through research and publications, public events and media programs that run throughout the year.