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WQED wins five Mid-Atlantic Emmys

Sunday, November 04, 2001

By Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor

Among Pittsburgh area stations, PBS station WQED took the lead at the 2001 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards, delayed from September and handed out in Philadelphia on Friday night.

WQED-TV won five awards (out of 12 nominations), WTAE won one (out of nine nominations), and a local independent production that aired on WQED won as well.

WQED won for two "On Q" reports. "Abandoned Babies" by producer/reporter Michael Bartley, producer Nathalie Berry and photographer/editor Paul Ruggieri won for outstanding programming feature/informational. "Biotechnology: Human Tissue Engineering" by Bartley and Ruggieri won for outstanding public affairs series.

Individual achievement awards went to WQED's Pierina Morelli for editor/programming and Ruggieri for camera/programming.

Writer/producer Rick Sebak won in the outstanding cultural program category for last year's entry in the Pittsburgh History series, "Something About Oakland," which was edited by Kevin Conrad.

"Stephanie," a documentary about the late Stephanie Byram's battle with cancer that aired on WQED, won for outstanding documentary program. It was produced by Mary Rawson, edited by Frank Caloiero, written by Byram and photographed by Charlee Brodsky.

WTAE won its award in the category of outstanding news feature/informational for reporter Paul Van Osdol's story on a "Navy Pilot Crash," which was edited by Michael Lazorko.

KDKA-TV, WPXI and WPGH did not enter the Emmy competition, though individual employees sometimes do.

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 nine Emmys -- tying with ComcastSportsNet for most awards won.

Originally scheduled for Sept.15, the regional Emmy awards were postponed because of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

At the ceremony, chapter president George Cummings of WTXF, Philadelphia's Fox affiliate, noted the death of Patti Burns, the former KDKA news anchor who lost her battle with cancer last week.

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