DeKalb Schools TV wins two coveted Telly Awards for its programming

DeKalb Schools TV, a component of the Communications Department, was recently awarded two coveted Telly Awards, the world’s largest honor for video and television content across all screens, for its programming

Portia Kirkland and John “Q” Kegler received Silver and Bronze awards for producing, directing, writing, and editing of The Bridge 2019 and the Johnathon Hines Documentary. These are prestigious awards in video and television industry. DSTV joins the ranks of past network winners BET, HBO, Disney, and ESPN.

“It’s an honor to receive Telly Awards and to be recognized by industry peers. Our production team and students have worked incredibly hard to create programming that empowers, entertains and educates the DeKalb community,” said Portia Kirkland, producer for DeKalb Schools TV and Interim Director of Communications.

“While we are a school district, we are fortunate to work with some of the most talented and experienced production professionals in the video and television industry,” Kirkland added. “We pride ourselves in mentoring students who are interested in communications and television.”

DCSD Communications has won Aurora Awards, Communicator Awards, National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) and Georgia School Public Relations Association (GSPRA) Awards.

About The Telly Awards

The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 to honor excellence in local, regional, and cable television commercials with non-broadcast video and television programming added soon after. With the recent evolution and rise of digital video (web series, VR, 360 and beyond), the Telly Awards today also reflects and celebrates this exciting new era of broadcast journalism. To learn more about the Telly Awards, visit

About DSTV

DeKalb Schools TV (DSTV) is an educational access channel operated by the DeKalb County School District (DCSD). The channel is available to Comcast subscribers in DeKalb County on channel 24. DSTV Digital is also available online @dekalbschools on YouTube, Video On-Demand or live by visiting