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Two Teams Led by Duquesne Professor Win Telly Awards

Two documentary teams led by Dr. Dennis Woytek, assistant professor of journalism and multimedia arts in the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University, have captured two separate Telly Awards.

The videos are:

Memory: A Holocaust Survivor's Story, which premiered at Duquesne in February. Memory tells the story of Howard Chandler, an 83-year-old Holocaust survivor who returns to his home village in Poland and visits the concentration camps where he was imprisoned during World War II, including Auschwitz-Birkenau, where nearly three million people lost their lives.

Woytek, the producer/videographer/editor, and Jessica Blank, assistant student journalist, traveled to Poland with Chandler in 2011. Reflecting on the experience, Woytek said, "Our goal as a documentary film crew was to...record Howard Chandler as he again walked in his footsteps that brought so much sadness more than 67 years ago."

We Are All Immigrants, which premiered at the Sen. John Heinz History Center earlier this month, featured generations of immigrants who share the pains and joy of settling in Pittsburgh.

A 30-minute documentary, it recounted the challenges facing immigrants from 10 different countries and immigrants' contributions to the region. This was a year-long project undertaken by the PATH to Justice Committee of the Tri-Diocesan Sisters Leadership Conference, which represents 12 congregations of Catholic women in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Woytek again served as producer/videographer/editor; local radio broadcaster Lynn Cullen was the writer/narrator.

Woytek has led award-winning work spanning topics as diverse as Medjugorje and Negro Leagues star Josh Gibson. A New Kensington resident and an Erie native, he also has documented a trip to the Holy Land with Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik and Rabbi Aaron Bisno of Pittsburgh's Rodef Shalom Congregation.

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