CLEVELAND - With a range of honors reflecting its people, content, and programming, ABC affiliate NewsChannel 5 took home 10 Emmy Awards last Saturday night, the most in the Cleveland-Akron market and more than all other local television stations combined.
These awards, issued by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Lower Great Lakes Chapter, capped off a month where NewsChannel 5 was honored with 14 awards from 3 different organizations (NATAS, the Press Club of Cleveland, and the Ohio Associated Press).
"Winning Emmys for best morning and evening newscasts reflects our commitment to giving our viewers in northeast Ohio quality, relevant journalism," stated NewsChannel 5's News Director Jill Manuel. "To deliver on our station's On Your Side promise requires individual dedication as well as teamwork – I'm proud of all our employees for their contributions to our newscasts and our communities."
The complete list of Emmy Awards winners is:
- Best Morning/Daytime Newscast – "Good Morning Cleveland 6AM" - Kelly Tabay Hainer, Executive Producer, Colin McDermott, Producer
- Best Evening Newscast – "NewsChannel 5's Live On Five" -- Melissa Watson, Executive Producer
- Best Health/Science Single Story – "Ambulance Ride To Nowhere" -- Chief Investigator Ron Regan, News Photographer Dave Hatala
- Best General Assignment Report – "License To Steal" --Chief Investigator Ron Regan, News Photographer Dave Arnold
- Best Spot News – "Mamma Said He Deserved To Die" -- Maurielle Lue
- Best Teen Program/Special (13 And Up) – "Academic Challenge" -- Berry Pinney, Director of Operations, Steve Kurrent, Producer/Director, Meteorologist Jason Nicholas, Host
- Crafts - Best On Camera Talent, Reporter -- Chief Investigator Ron Regan
- Crafts - Best Video Journalist – "Against All Odds" -- Health Reporter Alicia Booth
- Crafts - Best Director, Live or Live to Tape – "Academic Challenge" -- Steve Kurrent
- Crafts - Best Director, Newscast – "NewsChannel 5 at 6" -- Steve Kurrent
- NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter President's Award -- Steve Kurrent
In addition, NewsChannel5 earned several top honors from the Ohio Associated Press:
- Best Website -- New Media Director Colleen Seitz, Mike Waterhouse, and staff
- Best Investigative Reporting – "Final Justice" -- Chief Investigator Ron Regan
- Best Producer – "Dimora Indicted" -- Mel Watson
Finally, newsnet5.com earned 1st Place for Television Website Design from the Press Club of Cleveland.
"As more people are relying on the web to get their local news updates, it's great to know newsnet5.com can serve as a one-stop site for viewers to stay well-informed," said Colleen Seitz, NewsChannel 5's New Media Director. The award reflects the work of Seitz, Mike Waterhouse, Jen Steer, and Garrett Downing.
"NewsChannel 5's goal is to keep people informed 24/7, whether they're watching us on television, using our website, or staying connected to us via a social media site," said NewsChannel 5's Sam Rosenwasser, Vice President & General Manager. "While it's gratifying to get acknowledgement from our peers, the biggest honor of all is the positive response we're getting from our viewers and users throughout northeast Ohio. We're On Your Side for them."