Vice News Tonight Leads All Nightly Newscasts With 9 News and Documentary Emmy Nominations

By A.J. Katz 

HBO’s nightly newscast Vice News Tonight has earned 9 News and Documentary Awards nominations for 2018. That’s more nominations than any other nightly news program on a major network.

The newscast is perhaps best known for its critically acclaimed story from August 2017, Charlottesville: Race & Terror, where Vice journalist Elle Reeve and her team follow a White supremacist who was protesting the removal of Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Va.

The story won a Peabody award this year, and it’s up for News & Documentary Emmys in four different categories: Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a Newscast; Best Story in a Newscast; Outstanding Video Journalism: News; Outstanding Editing: News.


Here’s the Peabodys’ synopsis of the story:

Last summer, horrified Americans watched as neo-Nazi supporters occupied Charlottesville’s Emancipation Park to protest the removal of Confederate monuments. VICE reporter Elle Reeve and her crew documented the unfiltered declarations and threats of violence by white supremacists with fearless reporting and unprecedented access. Her portrait of Christopher Cantwell and fellow white supremacists offered a sharp contrast to White House claims that there were “very fine people on both sides” of the conflict.

The full list of nominations for Vice News Tonight is below:


  • Charlottesville: Race and Terror
  • Battle for Marawi
  • Libya


  • Trump’s White House: Inauguration Day


  • Charlottesville: Race and Terror


  • Charlottesville: Race and Terror


  • Battle for Marawi: On the Hunt for ISIS Militants
    Charlottesville: Race and Terror
    Libya: Intercepting Migrants

Vice News Tonight airs weeknights at 7:30 p.m. ET on HBO, and is presently in the midst of its second season on-air. The debut broadcast featured Vice CEO Shane Smith interviewing former Speaker of the House John Boehner.

We covered the launch of the half-hour newscast in October 2016. Below is an excerpt from that story:

The newscast, which will air weeknights from 7:30 – 8 p.m., will forego the traditional nightly newscast formula of having an anchor sitting at a desk reporting the news. It will instead have multiple on-air correspondents as well as voice-overs/narrations of stories. VICE News Tonight won’t stray too far from the original HBO series in that it will include taped long-form pieces examining a range of newsworthy topics, including the economy, U.S. policy & politics, civil rights and civil liberties, world news, climate, tech, and culture, both popular and global. That said, it is still a nightly newscast that will have the capability to go live if a big breaking news story happens. Viewers watching VICE News Tonight on a phone or tablet can also learn more about a story by actually touching the screen, making the nightly newscast viewer experience far more interactive than what one would find on broadcast.

The 39th News & Documentary Emmy Awards takes place on Oct. 1 in New York. The ceremony honors news and documentary programming distributed during the calendar year 2017.

PBS is nominated for 45 News & Documentary Emmys this year, more than any other network. CBS is No. 2 (31), followed by HBO (22), CNN (22), and ABC (22, including Lincoln Square Prods.) ABC News’ 22 nominations across 15 categories is the network’s highest count in more than a decade. NBC News & MSNBC received a total of 9 noms.