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Nine is KCAL’s lucky number at L.A. Emmys

Station sweeps serious news categories, KMEX wins for 'Noticias 34 at 6p.m.'

KCAL made a big comeback at this year’s Los Angeles Area Emmys, dominating the pack with nine gold statuettes, compared with only one the previous year.

The 52nd Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards, presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, were held Saturday at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

KCAL’s “KCAL 9 News at 10” won for regularly scheduled daily news over 35 minutes, which last year was awarded to NBC4 for its “Channel 4 News at 4.”

ABC7 took home the gold for regularly scheduled daytime newscast for “Eyewitness News This Morning,” while KMEX won for regularly scheduled daily news under 35 minutes for “Noticias 34 at 6 p.m.”

KCAL 9 News at 10” producer Paul Wernick and executive producer Davida Plummer both said they were proud to be putting out a “quality product.” The channel swept many of the other serious news categories.

“Fall of Saigon: A Personal Journey,” produced and reported by Nickee Liang and edited by Brian Singer, won for serious news story-single report; “Gift From a Stranger,” produced by Kimberly Cornell, reported and produced by Sylvia Lopez and edited by Brian Singer, won for serious news story — multipart.

KCAL also won for live coverage of an unscheduled news event, news special, arts and culture/history, outstanding non-news videographer, live sports coverage and sports feature.

CBS2 and KCOP tied for second in the statuette derby with five.

CBS2, which took 13 Emmys the previous year, was led by victories in outstanding hard-news reporting, awarded to Kyra Phillips, and outstanding news feature reporting, bestowed upon Mike Castellucci.

Castellucci’s reporting also earned him the gold for best light news story for “Playhouse Mansion,” photographed and edited by Rob Macey. Macey won a second statuette as well for outstanding news videographer.

CBS2 also won for best investigative report for “Shop at Your Own Risk,” produced by Adam Symson, reported by Joel Grover, and exec produced by Sylvia Teague.

KCOP’s Harry Kooperstein won for outstanding non-news director. The station also won for best entertainment programming and best live special events.

KCOP tied the outstanding non-news videographer category for its coverage of both the “Hollywood Christmas Parade” and the “Los Angeles Marathon.”

KVEA’s John Rodill took home the gold for outstanding news director.

The governor’s award was given to KTLA television for dominance in the field since its first broadcast in 1947 –the first ever west of the Mississippi.

The ceremony was hosted by stand-up comedian Louie Anderson, with presenters ranging from Steve Allen and Jayne Meadows, Lainie Kazan and Fred Savage to Diane Ladd, Robert Stack and Tommie Smith.

A complete list of the winners:

CREATIVE TECHNICAL CRAFTS: SOUND

“Nomad, Roe,” Adelphi Cable; Dennis Grey, sound editor; Jon Nettlesbey, sound mixer

OUTSTANDING NON-NEWS WRITER

Stephanie Moore, Fox Sports Net

OUTSTANDING NEWS WRITER

Randy Roach, ABC7

INFORMATIONAL/PUBLIC AFFAIRS SERIES

“Eye on L.A.,” ABC7; Al Rodriguez, executive producer; Phil Byrne, Jean Galbraith, Lisa-Renee Ramirez, producers; David Ono, Maggie Rodriguez, co-hosts

CRIME/SOCIAL ISSUES

“Scared Sober,” KTTV; John Beard, reporter; Bob Tarlau, producer

CHILDREN/YOUTHPROGRAMMING

“Power of One,” L.A. CityView; Tony Ighani, executive producer; Rich Samuels, producer

ARTS AND CULTURE/HISTORY

“The New Las Vegas” (KCAL 9 Special Presentation) KCAL; Bob Donley, Jaime Garza, reporters; Richard Van Syckle, producer

OUTSTANDING NON-NEWS VIDEOGRAPHER (SINGLE CAMERA)

Victor Smith, KCAL

OUTSTANDING NON-NEWS VIDEOGRAPHER (MULTI-CAMERA)

“Hollywood Chirstmas Parade,” KCOP; John Bidstrup, senior video control; Leslie Ellson, technical director; Tony Buttitta, Thomas D. Dougherty, Steve Field, Greg Noyes, George A. Prince III, Steve Roy, David Rhea, Jimmy Adrian Velarde, videographers

“Los Angeles Marathon,” KCOP; Bob Cunningham, Richard Thomson, senior video control; Leslie Ellson, Beth Stiller, technical directors; Robert Berkowitz, Gary Brainard, Nicole Borgenicht, Tony Buttitta, David Conley, Bruce Cook, Thomas D. Dougherty, Steve Field, Kim Gardiner, Armando Hernandez, Scott Hylton, Denny Macko, Kirk Mclemore, Ollin Martinez, Javier Medel, Greg T. Noyes, David W. Rhea, Steve Roy, Jonathan Sanders, Kevin Sechrist, Perry Suen, Tom Terry, Jimmy Ardrian Vaelarde, Dave Wehlage, videographers

OUTSTANDING NEWS VIDEOGRAPHER

Rob Macey, CBS2

SPORTS SPECIAL

“Southern California Special Olympics,” Fox Sports Net2; Gary Garcia, Jeff Proctor, executive producers; Mark Shah, coordinating producer; Mark Walton, producer; Ryan Bache, Chris Calleton, John Hefner, Micah King, Pat McMath, Stephanie Moore, Brian Nettles, Kyle Reischling, Spencer Willets, associate producers; Leanza Cornett, Bill MacDonald, co-hosts

SPORTS SERIES

“Inside Cal-Hi Sports,” Fox Sports Net2; Adrianna Banovich, John Jackson, Brian Mitchell, Alyson Seden, reporters; Gary Garcia, Jeff Proctor, executive producers; Debbie Bozeat Langley, John Hefner, Pat McMath, Garry Paskwietz, Larry Patin, Ismail Soto, associate producers; Mark Shah, coordinating producer; Mark Walton, producer

OUTSTANDING NON-NEWS DIRECTOR

Harry Kooperstein, KCOP

OUTSTANDING NEWS DIRECTOR

John Rodill, KVEA

INFORMATION SEGMENT

“Rev. James Lawson” (Life & Times Tonight) KCET; Bess A. Hubbard, producer

FEATURE SEGMENT

“LA Auto Show” (Eye On LA) ABC7; Lisa-Renee Ramirez, producer; Maggie Rodriguez, host

OUTSTANDING NON-NEWS EDITOR

Peter Bailey, Fox Sports Net

OUTSTANDING NEWS EDITOR

Jilla St. Germain-Gauthier, KTTV

LIGHT NEWS STORY (MULTI-PART)

“The Story Behind Roswell” (KTLA New at 10) KTLA; Charles Bulinda, editor; James Ramos, camera; Eric Spillman, producer/reporter

LIGHT NEWS STORY (SINGLE REPORT)

“Playhouse Mansion” (CBS 2 News at 5pm) CBS 2; Mike Castellucci, reporter; Rob Macey, photographer/editor

L.A. LOCAL COLOR

“ASIAN PACIFIC HERITAGE,” KTTV; Susan Hirasuna, reporter; Patrick Perez, producer

ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMING

“Cirque du Soleil: Dralion,” KCOP; Peter Schlesinger, executive producer; Lisa Franzke, coordinating producer; Dave Goetz, producer; Nancy Lemay, Producer (Graphics); Renee Hambley, Warren Peters, co-producers; Sandra H. Wilson, associate producer

LIVE SPECIAL EVENTS

“Live From the Hollywood Bowl,” KCOP; Tawny Little, Danny Romero, hosts; Miguel Harth-Bedoya, on camera performer; Peter Schlesinger, executive producer; Lisa Franzke, coordinating producer; Renee Hambley, co-producer; Harry Kooperstein, producer/director; Willie Olmstead, associate director; Jacque Orsie, Miguel Valdivia, graphics coordinators; Sandra H. Wilson, associate producer

LIVE SPORTS COVERAGE

“Los Angeles Lakers vs. San Antonio Spurs” (Los Angeles Lakers Basketball) KCAL; Chick Hearn, Stu Lantz, announcers; Susan Stratton, executive producer/director; Garry Ashton, Doug Coffland, Russell Kodani, Tom Mouzis, associate producers; Ron Jacobs, Robert Matthews, Victor Smith, feature producer; Seth Shore, graphics coordinator

SPORTS FEATURE

“Derek Harper” (Los Angeles Lakers Basketball), KCAL; Robert Matthews, producer

OUTSTANDING SPORTS REPORTING

Randy Kerdoon, producer/reporter KTTV

INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

“Shop at Your Own Risk” (CBS2 News at 11) CBS 2; Joel Grover, reporter; Sylvia Teague, executive producer; Adam Symson, producer

OUTSTANDING NEWS FEATURE REPORTING

Mike Castellucci, reporter CBS 2

OUTSTANDING HARD NEWS REPORTING

Kyra Phillips, reporter CBS 2

SERIOUS NEWS STORY (SINGLE REPORT)

“Fall of Saigon: A Personal Journey” (KCAL 9 NEWS AT 9) KCAL; Nickee Liang, producer/reporter; Brian Singer, editor

SERIOUS NEWS STORY (MULTI-PART)

“Gift From a Stranger” (KCAL 9 NEWS) KCAL; Kimberly Cornell, producer; Sylvia Lopez, producer/reporter; Brian Singer, editor

LIVE COVERAGE OF AN UNSCHEDULED NEWS EVENT

“Trench Rescue” (KCAL 9 NEWS AT 8, 9 & 10) KCAL; Wayne Garcia, Larry Welk, reporters

NEWS SPECIAL

“Making Waves — LAUSD” KCAL; Larry Elder, host; Davida Plummer, executive producer; Paul Wernick, producer

REGULARLY SCHEDULED DAYTIME NEWSCAST

“Eyewitness News This Morning” ABC7

REGULARLY SCHEDULED DAILY NEWS OVER 35 MINUTE FORMAT

“KCAL 9 NEWS at 10” KCAL

REGULARLY SCHEDULED DAILY NEWS 0-35 MINUTES

“Noticias 34 at 6 p.m.” KMEX

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