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WTAE, WQED each get 4 regional Emmys

Monday, September 18, 2000

By Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor

WTAE and WQED tied with four wins each at the Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards, announced Saturday night at a ceremony in Philadelphia.

WTAE (nominated for 14 Emmys) won best single newscast for its 11 p.m. program, beating out CBS, Fox and WB affiliates in Philadelphia. WTAE also won for morning newscast.

Channel 4 won kudos for its coverage of the Wilkinsburg shooting in two categories: spot news/extended coverage (news director Bob Longo; producers Connie Stewart and Mindy Currie-Cooper) and special live news coverage (Longo, executive producer Rich Cook, producer Jessica Flynn, anchor Scott Baker, field producer Tim Wells).

Three of the awards given to WQED (nominated for nine Emmys) came associated with its new program "On Q." The station won for program feature/informational (reporter Michael Bartley, videographer-editor Paul Ruggieri), program feature/entertainment (producer Gina Catanzarite) and individual achievement in camera/programming (Pierina Morelli).

"Black Horizons" (producer Minette Seate) won for talk program/one-time only special for a feature on the county jail.

KDKA-TV (nominated for two Emmys) won one award for entertainment broadcast for "Celebrating 40 Years in Our Hometowns" (writer-producer Dave Crawley, videographer-producer Dave For-state, post-production Chris Loewer).

Pittsburgh production company Mind Over Media (nominated for eight Emmys) took home one award for Michael Messner, who won for individual achievement as a director.

Mid-Atlantic Emmy nominations comprise entries from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Steubenville, Ohio, and Wheeling, W.Va. The Philadelphia NBC affiliate, a perennial winner, took home 10 Emmys -- the most for any one station.

BABY BOY: WPGH weekend anchor Katie Sesny gave birth to her first child, Charles Watson, last Thursday. Charles weighed in at 8 pounds, 2 ounces. WPGH assistant news director John Poister reports Sesny, her husband and new son are doing well. (R.O.)

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