Gail Baker, dean of the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media, has won a regional Emmy Award.
Baker produced a feature-length documentary titled “Colorblind: Rethinking Race.” The award was presented last week at the Chicago/Midwest regional Emmy Awards, hosted by Jerry Springer.
This was Baker’s third regional Emmy win. She won for her writing work on two other-documentaries, “Paper Trail: 100 Years of the Chicago Daily Defender” (2006) and “DuSable to Obama: Chicago’s Black Metropolis” (2011).
Baker came to UNO in 2006 from the University of Florida. She interned during college at the Chicago Defender, a century-old publication serving Chicago’s African-American community. Later she worked full time for the newspaper.
“The best thing about winning this award is the message it sends to our students,” Baker said in a press release. “What I learned about listening, storytelling and making deadlines has served me well throughout my professional life. I want our students to use their UNO experience to seek new and different opportunities.”
“Colorblind: Rethinking Race” premiered on WYCC, Chicago’s PBS station, in October 2012. The film can be viewed on Vimeo.