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WHO-HD was the big Iowa winner at Saturday night’s Emmy awards gala in Minneapolis bringing home 4 statues including accolades for Continuing Coverage and for the third year straight…Best Sportscast. Anchor/Reporter Erin Kiernan won for her interview with Shawn Johnson after announcing her retirement from Olympic gymnastics. Anchor/Reporter Sonya Heitshusen earned an Emmy award for her investigation into the travel expenses of Iowa Economic Development Director Debi Durham.  Keith Murphy won for best on-camera Sports Anchor.  Finally, Keith, Andy Fales, John Sears and Chris Hassel won for Best Sportscast. The awards were presented Saturday evening by The Upper Midwest Chapter of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at the historic State Theater in downtown Minneapolis.

“I could not be more proud of the men and women of Channel 13 News,” says WHO-HD News Director Rod Peterson.  “Their hard work and dedication to excellence continues to be recognized by not only our incredible viewers but also by their peers.  I am proud to work with them every day.”

2013 WHO-HD Emmy Winner

Continuing Coverage

“Durham’s Travels”

Sonya Heitshusen, Reporter

Mike Borland, Photojournalist

Sports-Interview/Discussion

“Shawn Retires”

Erin Kiernan, Reporter

Randy Schumacher, Photojournalist

Best Sportscast

Composite

Keith Murphy, Sports Director

Andy Fales, Reporter

John Sears, Reporter

Chris Hassel, Reporter

On-Camera Talent-Anchor-Sports

 

Keith Murphy

In 2013, Channel 13 News has earned more accolades for journalism excellence than any other station in Iowa and twice as many as KCCI.  This year’s awards included 18 Eric Sevareid awards, 2 regional Edward R. Murrow awards, 15 IBNA awards, 22 Emmy nominations and now 4 Emmy awards bringing WHO-HD’s total awards to 61.  See the entire list of WHO-HD’s 2013 Awards for Journalism Excellence and links to the actual stories below.

2013 Awards for Journalism Excellence

Award

WHO

KCCI

WOI

IPTV

Des Moines

Cedar Rapids/

Waterloo

Mason

City

Quad Cities

Sioux City

Omaha

NBNA Eric Sevareid 1st Place

3

4

   

7

5

       
NBNA Eric Sevareid Awards of Merit

15

3

   

18

5

       
RTDNA Edward R. Murrow-Regional

2

2

   

4

     

1

2

IBNA First Place

6

5

1

 

12

4

 

1

 

N/A

IBNA 2nd Place

4

1

1

2

8

5

 

2

 

N/A

IBNA 3rd Place

5

4

   

9

6

 

1

 

N/A

IBNA Honorable Mentions      

1

1

1

 

1

 

N/A

NATAS Regional Emmy Nominations

22

9

   

31

10

13

N/A

8

N/A

NATAS Regional Emmy Awards

4

2

   

6

 

2

N/A

1

 

TOTAL

61

30

2

3

96

36

15

5

10

2

 

For more information contact:
Tim Gardner, Director of Creative Services
515-242-3611

 

Organization

Award

Description

Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA)

Eric Sevareid Award

First Place

Weather (TV Only)

WHO-HD Weather Team

Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA)

Eric Sevareid Award

First Place

General Reporting

Dave Price Composite

Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA)

Eric Sevareid Award

First Place

Series

Human Trafficking

Lynn Melling & Brandon McCauley

Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA)

Eric Sevareid Award

Award of Merit

Investigative

Iowa’s Nursing Homes

Sonya Heitshusen

Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA)

Eric Sevareid Award

Award of Merit

Investigative

Don’t Produce It

Sonya Heitshusen

Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA)

Eric Sevareid Award

Award of Merit

General Reporting

RADON In Our Schools

Dan Winters

Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA)

Eric Sevareid Award

Award of Merit

Photojournalism (TV Only)

Randy Schumacher Composite

Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA)

Eric Sevareid Award

Award of Merit

Anchor Composite

Erin Kiernan

Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA)

Eric Sevareid Award

Award of Merit

Spot News

State Capitol Scare

Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA)

Eric Sevareid Award

Award of Merit

Series

Lesbian-Gay Bullying

Lynn Melling

Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA)

Eric Sevareid Award

Award of Merit

Broadcast Writing

Andy Fales Composite

Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA)

Eric Sevareid Award

Award of Merit

General Reporting

Andy Fales Composite

Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA)

Eric Sevareid Award

Award of Merit

Hard Feature

Racing Against ALS

Erin Kiernan

Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA)

Eric Sevareid Award

Award of Merit

Photojournalism

Randy Schumacher

Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA)

Eric Sevareid Award

Award of Merit

Soft Feature

The Face of Thanksgiving

Andy Fales

Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA)

Eric Sevareid Award

Award of Merit

Soft Feature

Movement 515

Erin Kiernan

Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA)

Eric Sevareid Award

Award of Merit

Sports Reporting

Home of Bruce

John Sears

Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA)

Eric Sevareid Award

Award of Merit

Sports Reporting

Meeks Meets His Match

Chris Hassel

Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA)

Eric Sevareid Award

Award of Merit

Talk/Public Affairs

Sound Off with Keith Murphy

Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA)

Eric Sevareid Award

Award of Merit

Sportscast/Program

Keith Murphy Sports

Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA)

1st Place

Overall Excellence

WHO-HD Staff

Rod Peterson, News Director

Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA)

1st Place

In-Depth/Series

Iowa’s Drug Gateway

Sonya Heitshusen/Jeff Felton

Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA)

1st Place

Farm & Agribusiness

Soil Kitchen

Andy Fales/Brandon McCauley

Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA)

1st Place

Political Coverage

Campaign Finance

Sonya Heitshusen/Randy Schumacher

Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA)

1st Place

Overall Excellence-Reporting

Andy Fales

Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA)

1st Place

Best Sportscast

Keith Murphy & Chris Hassel

Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA)

2nd Place

Spot News Coverage

I See Hatred

Aaron Brilbeck/Eli Gardiner

Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA)

2nd Place

Public Affairs

Iowa Trashed

Andy Fales/Brandon McCauley

Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA)

2nd Place

Overall Excellence-Weather Coverage

Composite

Ed Wilson, Jeriann Ritter,

Megan Salois, Brent McIntyre

Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA)

3rd Place

News Photography

We’re Loving It

Andy Fales/Randy Schumacher

Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA)

3rd Place

Feature

They Stop and Ask

Andy Fales/Randy Schumacher

Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA)

3rd Place

General Reporting

Cool Jobs

Andy Fales/Eric Gooden

Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA)

3rd Place

Overall Excellence-Anchoring

Composite

Erin Kiernan

Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA)

3rd Place

Best Newscast

Channel 13 News at 5

Erin Kiernan/Sonya Heitshusen

RTNDA

Edward R. Murrow

Regional Award

News Series

It Gets Better

Lynn Melling/Travis Jungling

RTNDA

Edward R. Murrow

Regional Award

Hard News

RADON in our Schools

Dan Winters/Brandon McCauley

The Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Television Academy Emmy Award

WINNER

Sports – Interview/Discussion

Shawn Retires

Erin Kiernan/Randy Schumacher

The Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Television Academy Emmy Award

WINNER

Continuing Coverage

Durham’s Travels

Sonya Heitshusen/Mike Borland

The Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Television Academy Emmy Award

WINNER

Sportscast

Composite

Keith Murphy, Andy Fales

John Sears ,Chris Hassel

The Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Television Academy Emmy Award

WINNER

On Camera Talent – Anchor – Sports

Composite

Keith Murphy

The Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Television Academy

Emmy Award

Nomination

Weekend Newscast

Channel 13 News at 10

Dan Hendrickson, Producer

The Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Television Academy

Emmy Award

Nomination

General Assignment Report

12-12-12 Babies

Andy Fales/Brandon McCauley

The Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Television Academy

Emmy Award

Nomination

Continuing Coverage

Church Miracle

Aaron Brillbeck/Eli Gardiner

The Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Television Academy Emmy Award

Nomination

Arts/Entertainment: Single Story

Hymn of Rebirth

Stephanie Moore/Eli Gardiner

The Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Television Academy Emmy Award

Nomination

Business/Consumer: Single Story

Getting Drilled: Unnecessary Tooth Fillings

Dan Winters/Brandon McCauley/Bill Schocke

The Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Television Academy Emmy Award

Nomination

Business/Consumer: Single Story

Rustproofing: Money for Nothing

Sonya Heitshusen/Brandon McCauley

The Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Television Academy Emmy Award

Nomination

Politics/Government: Single Story

Campaign Cash: Iowa’s Heavy Hitters

Sonya Heitshusen/Randy Schumacher/Lee Rouse

The Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Television Academy Emmy Award

Nomination

Sports – Interview/Discussion

Three Minutes in the Chair:

Iowa Wrestling Coach Tom Brands

Dan Winters/Brandon McCauley

The Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Television Academy Emmy Award

Nomination

Teen (13 & up)

It Gets Better

Lynn Melling/Travis Jungling

The Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Television Academy Emmy Award

Nomination

Teen (13 & up)

Movement 515

Erin Kiernan/Randy Schumacher

The Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Television Academy Emmy Award

Nomination

Health/Science/Environment: Single Story

Silent Killer: Radon in Iowa Schools

Dan Winters/Brandon McCauley/Bill Schocke

The Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Television Academy Emmy Award

Nomination

Military: Single Story

Dogs on Duty

Jannay Towne/Sam Musser

The Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Television Academy Emmy Award

Nomination

Interview/Discussion: Single Story

Three Minutes in the Chair: A Year in the Chair

Dan Winters, Brandon McCauley, Mike Borland

The Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Television Academy Emmy Award

Nomination

Magazine

13 Cares Composite

Erin Kiernan, Producer

Brandon McCauley, Photojournalist

Randy Schumacher, Editor

Mike Borland, Photojournalist

Jeff Felton, Photojournalist

The Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Television Academy Emmy Award

Nomination

Public/Current/Community Affairs: Program

Violet’s Story

Sonya Heitshusen/Randy Schumacher

The Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Television Academy Emmy Award

Nomination

Writing – News

Composite

Andy Fales

The Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Television Academy Emmy Award

Nomination

Reporter – Sports

Composite

John Sears

The Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Television Academy Emmy Award

Nomination

Video Essay – Single Camera Only

Eli Gardiner Composite

About the National Television Academy

The Upper Midwest Chapter of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is a membership organization dedicated to excellence in television by honoring exceptional work, past and present; providing professional development and outreach; and nurturing the next generation of television professionals.

We are the only professional association representing television professionals from all disciplines of the industry, serving as the common meeting ground for individuals dedicated to advancing the art and science of television.

The Upper Midwest Chapter covers Iowa (except for Quad Cities), Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, western Wisconsin and northeast Nebraska.

About Radio-Television Digital News Association (RTDNA)

Edward R. Murrow Award recipients reflect the principles embodied by Edward R. Murrow, longtime CBS News correspondent. Widely recognized as the father of electronic journalism, Murrow was known for his courageous reporting and insatiable desire to find the truth – qualities embodied by the RTDNA awards, which have been presented annually since 1971.

RTDNA is the world’s largest professional organization exclusively serving the electronic news profession, consisting of more than 3,000 news directors, news associates, educators and students. Founded as a grassroots organization in 1946, the association is dedicated to setting standards for newsgathering and reporting. Although news techniques and technologies are constantly changing, RTDNA’s commitment to encouraging excellence in the electronic journalism industry remains the same.

RTDNA represents electronic journalists in radio, television and all digital media, as well as journalism educators and students. Our members are news directors, producers, reporters, anchors, general managers, professors, students, industry suppliers, operations managers and digital content managers. RTDNA members benefit from publications, training, advocacy and many opportunities to network with colleagues. Joining RTDNA says you’re concerned about First Amendment issues, Freedom of Information issues, ethics in reporting, improving coverage, implementing technology and all news industry issues. Our members help shape the future of our profession and we protect their interests by advocating on their behalf and lobbying in their interest.

About NBNA

The Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA) is an organization, chartered in 1949, of radio and television journalists working in the six-state Upper Midwest region including Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.  NBNA’s mission is to serve and improve the broadcast industry through educational and professional programs.

About IBNA

The Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA )is a nonprofit corporation of radio-TV news directors, reporters, producers, public relations professionals and others from Iowa and its adjacent states, working together to improve electronic media news for our stations and the public.

 
About WHO-HD Channel 13

WHO-HD Channel 13, owned by Local TV LLC, is celebrating 59 years of broadcast service to central Iowa.  Channel 13 News prides itself on bringing viewers rich, local content in total high definition.  From investigations to ground-breaking, creative coverage of the big daily story, more and more Iowans are choosing Channel 13 News.

WHO-HD continues to earn the most prestigious journalism awards in the broadcast industry.  So far in 2013, Channel 13 News has earned an incredible 18 Eric Sevareid awards from the Northwest Broadcast News Association…the most of any station in Iowa plus 22 Emmy nominations.  In 2012, the station claimed 3 Emmy awards, 1 national and 6 regional Edward R. Murrow awards, an incredible 20 Eric Sevareid awards and a whopping 7 First Place awards from the Iowa Broadcast News Association including the coveted “Overall Excellence”.  In 2011, Channel 13 News earned the most television journalism awards in the state including 9 Emmy awards, 5 regional and one national Edward R. Murrow award, 14 Eric Sevareid Awards including Best Newscast, Investigation and Sportscast.

The technological leader, WHO-HD Channel 13 became the first commercial television station in Iowa to begin broadcasting all local programming in total high definition in 2010.  In addition, WHO-HD was the first station in Iowa to: use videotape, broadcast live from news events, employ live Doppler radar, broadcast in high-definition, produce high-definition local news segments, and first high definition syndicated programming.

WHO-HD Channel 13 is owned by Local TV LLC, a broadcast holding company created in 2007 to acquire nine heritage television stations in eight mid­sized markets.  In 2008, the company acquired eight large-market Fox Affiliates previously owned by News Corporation.  Local TV is owned by Oak Hill Capital Partners, management and a consortium of bankers and high yield lenders.

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