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Thor Neureiter, M.A. '11, wins Emmy for Mets documentary

November 18, 2010

Thor Neureiter, M.A. '11, has won an Emmy Award for the documentary "Miracle in New York: The Story of the '69 Mets," which commemorates the 40th anniversary of the New York Mets' first world championship season.

The one-hour documentary was honored in the historical/cultural special category by the New York Chapter Emmy Award. Neureiter, a politics specialist in the Master of Arts program at Columbia Journalism School, served as the director, producer and editor of the film.

"Miracle in New York" received seven nominations in all, including editing, photography, sound editing and score.

"I think that says more about the production than one Emmy. Its very gratifying to know the film was recognized as a collective effort," Neureiter said.

With the 40th anniversary of the Mets' championship season on the horizon, SNY, the Mets' television network, sought a film that would celebrate this landmark event in sports.

"Working with the executive producer, I set out to frame the story within the cultural context of 1969," Neureiter explained. "It was an intense year with growing frustration over the war in Vietnam, Woodstock and landing man on the moon. Then this improbable team, a team that never had a winning record, came out of nowhere to win the World Series. The team didn't change the world, but the idea of The Miracle Mets provided perspective that despite everything else, anything is possible."

Neureiter has contributed to programming for FRONTLINE on PBS, including "Showdown with Iran," "News War: Secrets, Sources & Spin," "The Last Abortion Clinic" and "The O.J. Verdict." He has worked extensively for HBO and Ken Burns/Florentine Films.

He has also reported and produced for Tehran Bureau, a news magazine website launched by Kelly Niknejad, M.S. '05, M.A. '06, that has been adopted by PBS.

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