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Where Action is: WTAE on ballot for 13 Emmys

Wednesday, August 11, 1999

By Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor

Action News is everywhere in the Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award nominations, which were announced yesterday.

WTAE garnered 13 nominations, while KDKA received five, WPGH earned two, and WPXI, one.

WPXI has a tradition of not entering in Emmy competition, and didn't enter any this year. Evidently the station's former weathercaster, C.S. Keys, entered himself for individual achievement in weathercasting -- as he has done in the past -- and was nominated.

In the news himself this year, Keys was charged with simple assault after a fight with his girlfriend. The case is scheduled to go to trial Oct. 5. WPXI did not renew Keys' contract.

Pittsburgh-based production company D'Elia Wittkofski received nine Emmy nods. WTOV in Steubenville got two nominations.

Philadelphia TV stations took the bulk of the nominations, including the NBC affiliate, which garnered 41. Winners will be announced at a black-tie gala Sept. 18 in Philadelphia.

Mid-Atlantic Emmy nominations are comprised of entries from Pennsylvania; New Jersey; Dela-ware; Steubenville, Ohio; and Wheeling, W.Va.

Regional nominees include:

Single news broadcast: KDKA-TV, 6 p.m. newscast, news director Jeff Weissbart; WTAE-TV, 11 p.m. newscast, news director Tom Petner.

Outstanding morning newscast: WTAE.

Outstanding spot news/extended coverage: WTAE's "Tornado Aftermath;" KDKA's "Tornado Coverage."

Outstanding news feature/single report-same day: KDKA's "Monica/Monaca," reporter Dave Crawley, photographer Dave Forstate; WPGH's "Chariots of Fire," photojournalist/producer Chris Reece.

Outstanding news feature/series: WTAE's "Courage to Come Back," reporter Liz Miles, photographer Ralph Bell, editor Michael Lazorko.

Outstanding sports feature/ news: WTAE's "The Great Josh Gibson," reporter Pat Parris, editor Lazorko, producer Kevin Smith, associate producer Zaid Hakim; WTAE's "The Courageous Comeback of John Cullen," Lazorko and Smith.

Outstanding investigative journalism: WTAE's "Tracking Down a Child Molester," reporter Jim Parsons.

Special live news coverage: KDKA's "Tornado Special Report," producer Michael Machi and Weissbart.

Outstanding entertainment broadcast: WTAE's "40 Years Here For You," Lazorko, producer Debbi Casini, producer Dan Henninger, general manager James Hefner.

Outstanding program feature/ informational: WTAE's "Sue Etters," Henninger, Lazorko, producer Lynn Squilla, photographer Tim Lohle; WTAE's "Play: The Important Work of a Child," Squilla, Lohle, Lazorko, Henninger and executive producer Lauren Dale.

Outstanding live program: WTOV's "Jamboree in the Hills," executive producer Tim McCoy.

Outstanding sports program/ one-time only special: D'Elia Witt-kofski's "The Will to Win," producer Michael Messner, associate producer Michael Weber, editor Thomas Phillips.

Outstanding sports series: D'Elia Wittkofski's "The Penn State Football Story" and "Penn State Hoops," Messner, Phillips, host Guy Junker, segment producers Tad Maurey and Michael Weber.

Outstanding sports feature/ programming: D'Elia Wittkofski's "Penn State Hoops: Dan Earl," Messner and Phillips; D'Elia Witt-kofski's "The Penn State Football Story -- Bowling Green, Paterno's 300th Win," Junker, Messner and Weber; D'Elia Wittkofski's "Penn State Hoops -- Titus Ivory," Messner and Phillips.

Outstanding community outreach program: WTAE's "Race for the Cure," Henninger, Hefner, producer Tammy Laughlin.

Outstanding public service announcement: KDKA's "Breast Cancer PSA," Forstate, producer/ director of marketing Mike Gerst, producer/news promotion manager Tina Chiaraluna, Steadicam operator John Moyer.

Outstanding production design: D'Elia Wittkofski's "Penn State Hoops," Messner.

Director: D'Elia Wittkofski's Messner.

Editor/programming: D'Elia Wittkofski's Phillips.

Reporter: WTAE's Parsons.

Sports reporter: WPGH's Alby Oxenreiter.

Weathercaster: C.S. Keys.

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