Local PBS producer nominated for 3 Emmys

This is the DVD cover of the documentary produced by Greg Mikolai of Rocky Mountain PBS. Mikolai has been nominated for three awards - historical documentary, program editor and program photographer.

Rocky Mountain PBS producer Greg Mikolai has received three award nominations for his work on the locally produced documentary, “The Colorado National Monument: Celebrating 100 Years of John Otto’s Dream.”

Mikolai was nominated for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) 2011 Heartland Emmy Awards in the following categories: historical documentary, program editor and program photographer.

They are the first Emmy nominations for Mikolai, who has worked at the Grand Junction-based Rocky Mountain PBS studio since 1999.

Mikolai, who was “thrilled” with the Heartland Emmy nominations, spent more than 18 months taping, writing and producing the documentary that showcases the monument’s history and natural beauty.

“I’m not surprised, but I couldn’t be prouder for him,” said Michelle Wheatley, acting superintendent of the monument, who worked closely with Mikolai on the project.

Mikolai also worked alongside others such as Dan McClintock, Ryan Cook, Ken Sciacca, Scot Stewart, Dan Flenniken and Joe McGee with photography and production.

“I produced with the idea to make it entertaining and educational,” Mikolai said. “I hoped it was going to be good, and it met my expectations.”

The documentary premiered November 2010 at the Avalon Theatre and was made to help celebrate the monument’s 100th anniversary this year.

The Heartland region comprises 19 chapters that service television markets in several western and midwestern states.

The Heartland Emmys will be presented July 23 in Denver.


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