Environmental Documentary Special TENDING THE WILD From KCETLink Media Group and Autry Museum of the American West Wins Top Honor at 2017 National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards Presented by the Los Angeles Press Club

JP Shields


Documentary Explores How Native California Peoples’ Traditions 
Can Inform Responses to Present Day Environmental Dilemmas

Burbank, Calif.Dec. 4, 2017 - KCETLink Media Group, a leading national independent nonprofit public broadcast and digital network, is proud to announce that multiplatform environmental series TENDING THE WILD, produced in partnership with the Autry Museum of the American West, won the 2017 National Arts and Entertainment Journalism (NAEJ) Award for ‘TV/Video/Film – Documentary or Special Programming’ presented by the Los Angeles Press Club. The documentary special TENDING THE WILD originally aired in February of 2017 and examines how humans are necessary to live in balance with nature and how traditional practices of the indigenous peoples of California can inspire a new generation to tend their environment. Honorees for the award included Juan Devis, Matthew Crotty, Laura Purdy, Austin Simons, and Christine Yuan. The 10th annual National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards were presented on Sunday, December 3 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

In addition to its win for TENDING THE WILD, KCETLink Media Group received four additional nominations for the 2017 annual National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards including three for its multi-media arts and culture series ARTBOUND, and one for its innovative social media Instagram efforts dedicated to the station’s beloved host Huell Howser.

KCETLink Media Group has collaborated with the curatorial and creative teams at the Autry to produce media for the exhibition and create an online destination that extended these important stories beyond the exhibition walls. By shining a light on the environmental knowledge of indigenous peoples across California and exploring how they have actively shaped the land for millennia, TENDING THE WILD examines how we live in balance with nature and how traditional practices can inspire a new generation of Californians. The partnership is connected to the Autry’s groundbreaking “California Continued” exhibition that marks the most significant renovation to the museum since the organization’s founding in 1988.



KCETLink Media Group is a national independent, nonprofit, digital and broadcast network that provides high-quality, culturally diverse programming designed to engage the public in innovative, entertaining and transformative ways. With a commitment to independent perspectives, smart global entertainment, local communities, and opportunities for engagement and social action, KCETLink depicts people and the world through a lens unavailable elsewhere in U.S. media. A viewer-supported 501(c)(3) organization, KCETLink content is distributed nationally via satellite on Link TV DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410 and on KCET in Southern and Central California via broadcast and cable, as well as through various digital delivery systems. For additional information about KCET and Link TV productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org or linktv.org. Select programming from KCET and Link TV is also available for streaming on Amazon Video, Apple TV and Roku platforms.


About the Autry Museum of the American West

The Autry brings together the stories of all peoples of the American West, connecting the past with the present to inspire our shared future. Throughout the year, the Autry presents a range of public events and programs—including lectures, film, theater, family activities, and music—and performs scholarship, research, and educational outreach. The Autry’s collection of more than 500,000 pieces of art and artifacts includes the Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, one of the largest and most significant collections of Native American materials in the United States. To learn more, visit TheAutry.org.

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