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Emmy® Extravaganza!

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Hello and Happy Monday, gang!

The news from the weekend is that the Channel 13 gang came home with a bunch of hardware from the Upper Midwest Emmy® award ceremony … 9 beautiful statuettes, to be exact.

Sonya was on the stage so much some people probably thought she was one of the hosts!!! Here she is with photojournalist Jeff Felton. These two won our first Emmy® for their series “Apollo: We have a problem” in the Continuing Coverage category. Sonya also won for her series “Iowans at War” and “Behind the Walls”.

Sonya, Randy Schumacher and I laughed all the way to the stage when they announced that our snow shoeing story won in the Informational/Instructional category. Who would’ve guessed that “Workout of the Week” could win an Emmy®?!?!? What a riot.

Randy also won for his outstanding photojournalism skills for the story “Water Changes Everything” with Andy Fales. Amazing.

Lynn Melling is an incredibly talented reporter and she claimed a statuette with Randy and photojournalist Brandon McCauley for a series on dating violence. Lee Rouse and Mike Borland also helped shoot these stories.

Murph and Chris Hassel won best sportscast! In fact, they are so good there wasn’t any other station nominated in this category.

How cute does Megan Brown look in this picture?!?!? Her story “Helping Hand” won in the Children’s category.

We entered our stories on fake personal trainers and the the hcg diet in the Consumer category – thanks to Brandon, Jeff and Randy for their hard work on what turned into somewhat labor intensive pieces.

Finally – congratulations to my friend Amy Schmelzer from KCCI. For the second year in a row she won Best Director! Amy and I have known each other since our days at Drake University and she’s one of the most talented people I know. Plus, she’s a really good friend.

I work with some really fun, talented people and feel lucky to do a job a love. Thanks for watching!

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