Wilder gratified to earn Emmy nomination

Published 11:53 pm Monday, January 14, 2008

By By CLAUD HODGES;Senior Reporter
Washington Park resident Beth Wilder is excited to be nominated for a news Emmy for her work on a documentary she produced several years ago.
She is a freelance television writer and producer.
It’s gratifying just “to get the nomination” she said.
Wilder said she feeIs like she has “already won something by being nominated.” Wilder said she really can’t expect more.
Wilder and her husband, Jack, are going to Nashville, Tenn., for the presentation of the National Academy of Television Arts’ Emmys on Jan. 26.
It will be fascinating to be among all of those nominees and winners, she said.
Her nomination is for work done in the NATA’s southeast region, which includes North Carolina, Tennessee and parts of Alabama.
Wilder described Jones as being captivating, interesting, talented and difficult to keep up with.
The development of environmental economics is a major component of “Making Connections.”
Wilder said Jones is dedicated to preserving things that are best “for the environment and for the economics” in the state.
Jones believes animals in the wild can be true indicators of where humans will be in many years to come, Wilder said.
He examines animals’ adaptations to their environment, understands how they influence economics in their own worlds and realizes humans should be able to do the same, she said.
Wilder said Jones wants to spend as much time as possible studying that topic.
During their trek across the state, Wilder said, she tried to include much information in the documentary, but she knew she could include everything she observed.
Wilder said she considers herself “a storyteller.”
Wilder said Jones is convinced that better planning, appropriate uses of land and the proper use of natural resources are things man must do better to improve the environment.
Wilder said that since the documentary was made, she is more interested in the environment than she was before she produced “Making Connections.”
According to Wilder, Jones believes that is a complex and difficult question to examine and answer.
Wilder used to work as an investigative reporter and anchor at the WNCT television station in Greenville.
Wilder said she “had to work really bad hours in television,” and she “didn’t think it was worth it to be without my family during many of those hours.” So, she left television news to stay at home with her children, Mary Grace, 8, and Jackson, 4, and spend more time with her husband.
Working out of her home, Wilder keeps busy doing projects associated with her status as a freelance writer and director
Wilder, from Raleigh, graduated from North Carolina State University. Afterward, she worked as a political reporter, covering the North Carolina Legislature. Then, she moved to Birmingham, Alabama, where she worked at a television station as a reporter and a weekend anchor. She left Alabama to work at WNCT.