Established in 1979, the Telly Awards is the premier award honoring video and television across all screens. The Telly Awards receives more than 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents.

The winning projects covered:

  • the detailed process behind residential blight demolitions in DeKalb County;
  • a police K-9 returning to active duty after being shot in the head; and,
  • the annual State of the County, highlighting DeKalb’s progress.

DCTV also received two Awards of Excellence and eight Awards of Distinction in the 26th Communicator Awards. The winning video projects included the same projects earning placement in the Telly Awards as well as:

  • additional videos on a women’s history special;
  • the story of a 10-year-old who saved her 3-year-old sister from drowning:
  • a public service announcement on the importance of the 2020 Census;
  • a talk show dedicated to the 2020 Census;
  • a news magazine show focusing on stories, events and programs happening in DeKalb County;
  • a special show featuring black history; and,
  • a story on a local organization that works with youth, young adults and families who have experienced trauma.

Founded nearly three decades ago, the Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program recognizing big ideas in marketing and communications. The Communicator Awards receives more than 6,000 entries from companies and agencies of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards of its kind in the world.

Since launching its full programming roster in 2003, DCTV has won 151 national awards for excellence in programming. DCTV has produced several different County-related programs and major features, including “Inside DeKalb,” “Let’s Talk DeKalb,” “Spotlight DeKalb,” “Commissioners’ Corner,” “Dear DeKalb,” and “The Furry Files,” as well as numerous live stream events and award-winning Public Service Announcements.

On Comcast Cable Channel 23 and online through a live video stream and on demand content available at, DCTV provides an avenue for DeKalb County government to speak directly to more than 750,000 residents.

Viewers can also access various DCTV programming via YouTube at