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Mission Statement

For more than 25 years, viewers have relied on Arizona Horizon for in-depth coverage of issues of concern to Arizonans. From the impeachment trial of former Governor Evan Mecham, AZSCAM hearings, public debate over the baseball stadium and the 1996 Arizona Presidential Forum, Arizona Horizon has consistently provided unprecedented, insightful public affairs programming.

Unlike conventional newscasts, Arizona Horizon goes beyond headlines and sound bites. The program's format of pre-taped reports and studio discussion offers viewers an opportunity to explore all sides of each issue. Arizona Horizon reports examine a wide range of subjects including politics, consumer affairs, the environment, business, health concerns and social and legal issues.

While viewers remain our most important critics, Arizona PBS is proud of the many awards Arizona Horizon has received from such organizations as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the American Bar Association, Associated Press Broadcasters Association of Arizona and the Arizona Press Club. And the Arizona Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has honored Arizona Horizon numerous times with The Governors' Award, its most prestigious Emmy.

Staff

Ted Simons, Host and Managing Editor
Emmy-winning host Ted Simons has worked in television and radio in the Phoenix area for more than 30 years. The long-time Valley journalist took over as the public affairs producer/reporter for Arizona Horizon at Arizona PBS in 2007. Prior to joining Arizona PBS, Simons hosted the afternoon drive news/talk show on KTAR radio, worked as news director/morning show host for KZON-FM and news/sports anchor/reporter at KPHO-TV. Simons was also sports director/anchor at KOFY-TV in San Francisco, Calif.
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Mike Sauceda, Coordinating Producer
Mike's voice may be as familiar as his work on Arizona Horizon. In addition to his full-time duties as a Arizona Horizon producer, Mike is a well-known news anchor on KTAR radio. Mike has been with Arizona Horizon since 1990. He arrived with many years of local radio experience. In many ways, Mike represents the best in the classic (and disappearing) style of traditional reporter. He likes nothing better than digging and digging at a complex issue, then crafting it into a segment the community can understand and learn from. Mike is an Arizona native.
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Scot Olson, Videographer
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Awards
2002-2003

Prescription Prognosis
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
First Place, Division 1: Continuing Coverage
Arizona Horizon staff
Judges Comments: "Excellent! Getting old in the U.S. is not cheap."

Books for a Better World
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
First Place, Division 1: Serious Feature
Merry Lucero
Judges Comments: "Very well produced . . A powerful uplifting story."

Rodeo-Chediski Fire Aftermath
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
First Place, Division 3: Continuing Coverage
HORIZON Staff
Judges Comments: "An outstanding presentation . . . each piece could have been an award winner on its own."

Arcosanti
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
First Place, Division 3: Light Feature
Carole Lynde, David Riffle
Judges Comments: "The most outstanding entry in the entire competition . . Worthy of every accolade."

Arcosanti
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
First Place, Division 3: Photography/Light Feature
Carole Lynde
Judges Comments: "Lovely visual story. Slow pans and zooms allow us to drink in the natural beauty."

News Writing
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
Second Place, Division 1: News Writing
Merry Lucero
Judges Comments: "Excellent writing . . interesting stories."

Frontier Medicine
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
Second Place, Division 1: Light Feature
Paul Atkinson, Richard Torruellas, Ben Avechuco

Canyon Records
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
Second Place, Division 1: Serious Feature
Paul Atkinson, David Majure, Richard Torruellas, Ben Avechuco

Chihuly
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
Third Place, Division 1: Light Feature
Mike Sauceda, Richard Torruellas

2001-2002

Flamenco
National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Rocky Mountain Emmy Award: Documentary/Cultural Issues

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Rocky Mountain Emmy Award: Lighting/Non-News

Best of the West
Video Essay
First Place

Cartoonist Show
National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Rocky Mountain Emmy Award: Discussion/Interview Program

Arizona Horizon
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
First Place: Newswriting

Morrie Berman
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
First Place: Light Feature

Ron Burns
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
Second Place: Light Feature

Holocaust Survivor
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
Second Place: Serious Feature

World Series Game 2
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
Second Place: Sports Reporting

Tree Graffitti
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
Third Place: Light Feature

Cotton Gin
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
Third Place: Serious Feature

Off Road
Best of the West
Environment and Natural Resources Reporting
Second Place

2000-2001

Election 2000 Web site
Best of the West
Television category
Online Public Service Reporting
First Place

Election 2000 Web site
International Association of Business Communicators
Arizona Chapter
Copper Quill
Award of Merit

Drain Lake Powell
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
First Place: Videography

Indian Water Rights
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
First Place: Enterprise News

Arizona Balloon Buster
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
First Place: Serious Feature

Drain Lake Powell
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
Second Place: Enterprise News

Open Adoption
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
Third Place: Serious Feature

1999-2000

Adam Diaz
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
First Place: Enterprise News

Phone Fraud Series
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
Second Place: Enterprise News

U.S.S. Arizona Memories
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
First Place: Light Feature

Draper Art
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
Second Place: Light Feature

DUI Test Data/Sleepwalking Defense
Maricopa County Bar Association,
Best General News (Tie)

Adoption
Maricopa County Bar Association,
Best Public Service

Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest
Maricopa County Bar Association,
Best Enterprise Story

1998-1999

Late Onset Alcoholism
Governor's Advisory Council on Aging
First Place - TV Broadcast Award

Growing Arizona
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
First Place: Enterprise News

Arizona Foster Care: The Forgotten Children
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
Third Place: Enterprise News

Unplugging The Monopoly
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
Third Place: Enterprise News

Arizona's Veterans Cemetery
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
First Place: Photography/Videography

Fishing Has No Boundaries
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
Second Place: Photography/Videography

Growing Arizona
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
Third Place: Photography/Videography

Mission of Memories
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
First Place: Serious Feature

Arizona's Veterans Cemetery
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
Second Place: Serious Feature

Fishing Has No Boundaries
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
Third Place: Serious Feature

Southwest Symphony
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
Third Place: Light Feature

Southwest Symphony
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
First Place: Editing

1997-1998

Symington Trial
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
Third Place: Team Coverage

Dental Clinic
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
Third Place: Light Feature

Buffalo Soldiers
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
Third Place: Videography

1996-1997

Arizona Presidential Forum
National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Rocky Mountain Emmy Award -- Governor's Award

Arizona's Forgotten History
National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Rocky Mountain Emmy Award: Feature Writing

Project Challenge
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
First Place: General News

Juvenile Justice: Troubled Kids in a Broken System
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
First Place: Enterprise

Invisible Legislature
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
First Place: Investigative

Flag Flap
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
First Place: Serious Feature

Winter Visitors: Birds of a Weather
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
First Place: Light Feature

Charter Schools: Are They Making the Grade?
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
First Place: Enterprise

1995-1996

Fred Harvey Exhibit
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
First Place: Light Feature

Polly Rosenbaum
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
Second Place: Serious Feature

Gambling on the Future
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
Third Place: Enterprise

1994-1995

Election 94
National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards Governors' Award

D-Day Stories
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
First Place: Serious Feature

Cardiac Arrhythmia
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
Third Place: Serious Feature

Teens and the Election
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
First Place: Enterprise

Sports Business
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
First Place: Sports

Cactus League History
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
Second Place: Sports

1993-1994

Falconry
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
First Place: Light Feature

Phoenix Zoo
Associated Press Broadcasters Association
Arizona Chapter
Second Place: Light Feature

Aging
Governor's Council on Aging Media Awards
First Place: Broadcast

Best Overall Reporting
Maricopa County Bar Association Media Awards
First Place: Reporting/Long Form

1992-1993

Immigration & Minority Affairs
Best of the West Award
Third Place: Reporting

Pet Dump
Best of the West Awards
Third Place, Feature Reporting

Minority Judges
Maricopa County Bar Association Media Award
First Place: In-Depth Reporting

Day Fines
Maricopa County Bar Association Media Award
Second Place: In-Depth Reporting

Best Overall Reporting
Maricopa County Bar Association's Annual Media Awards

Public Service
Maricopa County Bar Association Media Award
Comprehensive Legal-Related Reporting Throughout the Year

1991-1992

AZSCAM
Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) Program Awards
Silver Award: News

Judicial Review
Maricopa County Bar Association Media Awards
First Place: Television News Reporting