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October 5, 2010

Just four years after graduating summa cum laude with a degree in interactive media, Bradley alum Joel Raabe has earned one of the film and television industry’s highest honors. Raabe received an Emmy last month for his work on an episode of the History Channel series “WWII in HD.”

As supervising sound editor/re-recording mixer for the documentary, Raabe was part of a three-person team of audio professionals who created an entire soundscape to complement silent, decades-old archival footage. On September 27, they received an iconic statuette in recognition of their work at the 31st annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards.

It was at Bradley University that Raabe began his first exploration into sound design.

“Some of the projects put me in over my head, which was a good thing,” said Raabe. “The real-world situations and deadlines I had to work with really prepared me well for my career.”

Achieving the pinnacle of television awards at such a young age speaks to Raabe’s remarkable talent, and to the quality of the institution that nurtured his skills.

“In the Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts, we construct our programs to produce creators who will take the lead in their professions, and Joel Raabe has done just that. He uses his creativity masterfully to convey imagination, then communicates his unique vision to the world through the power of media,” said Dr. Jeffrey Huberman, dean of the college.

The award in the category of “Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Music & Sound” is the latest in a string of prestigious accolades Raabe and his colleagues have received for the History Channel project. Another was the Silver Telly, the highest honor given at the annual Telly Awards.

Raabe lives in New York City where he works for Gramercy Post, a full-service audio post-production facility.