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American Public Television Series Reconnecting Roots and Lidia’s Kitchen Host Lidia Bastianich Honored at 51st Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards

Two Creative Arts & Lifestyle awards given to “Reconnecting Roots” for Writing and Original Song

Lidia Bastianich honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

BOSTON, MA (June 10, 2024) – Reconnecting Roots and Lidia’s Kitchen host Lidia Bastianich were honored during the 51st annual Daytime Emmy® and Daytime Emmy® Create Arts & Lifestyle awards ceremony held on June 7th and 8th. Reconnecting Roots and Lidia’s Kitchen, presented by South Carolina ETV (SCETV) and GBH Boston respectively, are distributed by American Public Television (APT), the leading syndicator of content to U.S. public TV stations nationwide.

“Hearty congratulations to both Lidia Bastianich and the team at Reconnecting Roots for these well-deserved awards,” said Jim Dunford, President and CEO of American Public Television, “From history to the how-to genres, APT is proud to work with both our producing and station partners in order to bring these informative and inspiring series to public television audiences.”

Reconnecting Roots, now available to stream via and the PBS App, received two Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Non-Fiction Program, as well as Outstanding Original Song. Currently in its third season, Reconnecting Roots hosted by Gabe McCauley features stories told through music, history and exploration — tracing America’s roots of progress from then to now, and how.

The Daytime Emmy® Lifetime Achievement Honor was bestowed to author and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich, host of the Emmy® Award-winning cooking series Lidia’s Kitchen and Lidia’s Italy, filmed from her own kitchen for the past 25 years.

The full list of APT Daytime Emmy® Award-winners can be found below:

Reconnecting Roots

    Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Non-Fiction Program
    Head Writers: Dave Boyd, Ryan Estabrooks
    Associate Head Writers: Joel McAfee, Gabe McCauley
    Writers: Josh Childs, Emma King, Asia Mechikoff, Ben Oddo, Julian Vaca, Wesley Vis

    Outstanding Original Song – “We’re Home”
    Composer & Lyricists: Heidi Feek, Dillon Hodges, Mandy McCauley

Lidia Bastianich, host of Lidia’s Kitchen
2024 Daytime Emmy® Lifetime Achievement Honor

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About APT:
American Public Television (APT) is the leading syndicator of high-quality, top-rated programming to the nation’s public television stations. Founded in 1961, APT distributes 250 new program titles per year and more than one-third of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles in the U.S. APT’s diverse catalog includes prominent documentaries, performance, dramas, how-to programs, classic movies, children’s series and news and current affairs programs. Doc Martin, Midsomer Murders, America’s Test Kitchen, Rick Steves’ Europe, The Best of the Joy of Painting with Bob Ross, My Life is Murder, Pati’s Mexican Table, Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Television, Legacy List with Matt Paxton, Table for All with Buki Elegbede, Lidia’s Kitchen, Kevin Belton’s New Orleans Kitchen, Lucky Chow, NHK Newsline, BBC News and Biz Kid$ are a sampling of APT’s programs, considered some of the most popular on public television. APT also licenses programs internationally through its APT Worldwide service and distributes Create®TV — featuring the best of public television's lifestyle programming — and WORLD™, public television’s premier news, science and documentary channel.

Press Contact:
Olivia Wong
APT Vice President, Marketing & Communications

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