Stratton to receive Governor's Award

NBC4 led all stations with 20 nominations for the 64th Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards, which will present KCAL producer-director Susan Stratton with the Governor’s Award.

Selected by national and area peer group active members of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the L.A. Emmys will be held Aug. 11 at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theater in North Hollywood. KTLA was second with 15 noms, while the city’s ABC and CBS stations tied for third with 13 apiece. KCET rounded out the top five with 10 noms.

NBC4′s noms included top news special (in response to the death of Osama bin Laden) and two noms for live coverage of a news event, for the Conrad Murray trial verdict and the murder of eight people at a Seal Beach, Calif. beauty salon.

Stratton, who worked at KCAL (and its nominal predecessor, KHJ) for 27 years, was the first woman TV producer and director for a professional sports franchise in the U.S.

“Long before I began working in the television business, I knew Susan’s name having heard the legendary Chick Hearn praise her during his Lakers broadcasts,” TV Academy chair Bruce Rosenblum said.

“Susan’s producing excellence, professionalism and incredible contributions over her years of service to both KCAL and the Southern California sports community have been both numerous and exemplary and make her a very deserving recipient of this year’s Governor’s Award.”

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