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Stations get Mid-Atlantic Emmy nominations

Wednesday, August 14, 2002

By Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor

In what's becoming the norm, WQED and WTAE received the bulk of the Pittsburgh nominations yesterday in the 2002 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards competition. Philadelphia outlets, as usual, took home the majority of the nominations.

WQED had 14 nominations, WTAE had 11, WPXI got two, KDKA received two and WPGH received one. As stations, KDKA, WPXI and WPGH don't enter the regional Emmys, although individual employees sometimes do.

WQED's "On Q" was nominated for several awards, and WTAE received notice for its Sept. 11 coverage. Winners will be announced at a ceremony Sept. 14 in Philadelphia.

Mid-Atlantic Emmy nominations comprise entries from Pennsylvania; New Jersey; Delaware; Steubenville, Ohio; and Wheeling, W.Va. Local nominees include:

Single news broadcast: 5 p.m. newscast, WTAE, news director Bob Longo.

Morning newscast: March 28, 2002, 6 to 7 a.m., WTAE.

Spot news, same day single report: "A Fire Waiting to Happen," WPXI, reporter Newlin Archinal, photographer Tony Ruffolo.

Spot news, extended coverage: "Crash of Flight 93," 11 p.m. news, WTAE, news director Bob Longo, assistant news director Tallee Whitehorn, executive producer Jodi Gralnick, managing editor Rege Bobonis.

News feature, informational: "Parking Tickets," WPGH, reporter Tom Sussi.

News feature, entertainment or human interest: "Stone House Inn," KDKA, reporter Dave Crawley, photographer/editor Dave Forstate.

News feature, same day single report: "Poetic Injustice," KDKA, Crawley, Forstate.

Special live news coverage: "The Crash of Flight 93," WTAE, Longo, Whitehorn, Gralnick, Bobonis.

Health and science program: "Worth the Weight," WTAE, editor Michael Lazorko.

Talk program, one-time only special: "Assessment Forum," WTAE.

Programming feature, informational: "On Q: Maxo Vanka Murals," WQED, producer David Solomon, reporter Andy Masich.

Programming feature, entertainment: "On Q: Unquiet Ruin," WQED, producer/photographer/editor Pierina Morelli.

Cultural program: "Pittsburgh A to Z," WQED, producer/writer Rick Sebak, editor Kevin Conrad, director of photography Paul Ruggieri.

Sports program, one-time only special: "Heroes to the Hall," WTAE, Longo, Lazorko; "Gridiron and Steel," WQED, producer/director Jeff Sewald.

Promotional announcement: "Severe Weather," WTAE, creative series director Sherry Carpenter, assistant promotions manager Rachelle Ducca, promotions editor Rodney Johnson.

Music composition: "On Q: Circle of Love," WQED, composers Carol Lee Espy and Jim Dispirito; "On Q: Theme," WQED, composers Dispirito, Dave Hanner.

Camera, news: Tony Ruffolo, WPXI.

Camera, programming: Morelli, WQED; Ruggieri, WQED.

Editor, programming: Ruggieri, WQED; Morelli, WQED.

News anchor: Michelle Wright, WTAE.

Reporter, feature news: Tonia Caruso, WQED; Wendy Bell, WTAE.

Sports reporter: Andrew Stockey, WTAE.

Writer, programming: Solomon, WQED; Gina Catanzarite, WQED; Nathalie Berry, WQED.

Local production company Mind Over Media received nominations in the categories of sports program, one-time only special ("The Year of 324," producer/directors Michael Messner and Michael "Frick" Weber, writer/narrator Guy Junker); sports series ("The Penn State Football Story," Messner, Weber, Junker); sports feature, programming ("The Penn State Football Story -- Adam Taliaferro," Messner, Weber); and individual achievement in editing, programming (Weber)

Rob Owen can be reached at rowen@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2582. Post questions or comments to bbs.post-gazette.com/boards/viewboard.asp?boardid=1.

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