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Pony Express Documentary Adds Two Telly Awards to Its Collection

A Duquesne University-produced documentary that used modern equipment to follow the Pony Express Trail in an effort to meet or beat the record time set by horseback riders nearly 150 years ago has received two more Telly Awards.

The film, 7 Days, 17 Hours, received Tellys in the Entertainment and Low-budget categories. Earlier this year, the video was chosen as a popular favorite on the Telly You Tube channel, earning a People’s Choice Award from the public, peers and industry enthusiasts.

This documentary crew led by James Vota, journalism and multimedia arts instructor, is the second University team to garner a Telly this year.

The Legend Behind the Plate: The Josh Gibson Story, a documentary examining the life and controversies surrounding the Negro Leagues slugger, received honors in the film/video category-TV programs. These video crews were led by Dr. Dennis Woytek, assistant professor, and Mike Clark, adjunct professor.

This also marks the third consecutive year that teams from the Department of Journalism and Multimedia Arts earned Tellys.

The awards, founded in 1979, are a prestigious distinction honoring outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs, video and film productions.

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