PHOENIX - ABC15 in Phoenix was honored with the 2013 Station Excellence Emmy Award from the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences over the weekend.
The Station Excellence Award is the Academy's highest honor of the year awarded to the station that has displayed consistent excellence in news coverage and support for the community.
ABC15 vice-president and general manager Anita Helt accepted the 2013 Station Excellence Award on behalf of the station and the ABC15 staff.
"I am so proud of the ABC15 team," said Helt. "They take action every day to give Arizona the quality journalism it deserves. We are honored to be part of the community fabric and pledge to continue working to make Arizona a better place to live."
In addition to being honored with the Station Excellence Award, ABC15 received awards in the key television news categories of Best Morning and Evening Newscasts, swept the weather categories and received multiple awards for the ABC15 Investigators.
ABC15 received top honors for:
Station Excellence - ABC15
Newscast – Daytime or Evening ABC15 News at 10 p.m., Alison Green, Producer
Katie Raml & Steve Irvin, Anchors
Newscast – Morning ABC15 Mornings, Luke Garrison, Producer
Connie Colla & Dan Spindle, Anchors
Weather – News Weathercaster, ABC15 Chief Meteorologist Amber Sullins
Weather – News Single Story ABC15 Reporter Trapped in Dust Storm Nightmare, Steve Kuzj, Reporter
Weather – On-Camera Talent – Anchor, ABC15 Chief Meteorologist Amber Sullins
The ABC15 Investigators were recognized for 14 Emmys:
Politics/Government-News Series Insanely Insecure: Escapes from the Arizona State Mental Hospital
Dave Biscobing, Mark LaMet, Gerald Watson
Military – News Single Story/Series/Feature PTSD: A Military Suicide Epidemic
Lori Jane Gliha, Gerald Watson
Continuing Coverage Why a Mother Didn't Have to Die: The Truth, Trial & Cover-up in Arpaio's Jail
Dave Biscobing, Mark LaMet
Investigative Report Ford Escape: Exposing a Deadly Defect
Joe Ducey, Gerard Watson, Lauren Gilger, Maria Tomasch
Specialty Assignment Report – News Single Story, Consumer Nightmares Series or Feature
Joe Ducey, Maria Tomasch
ABC15 and Scripps were also honored with:
Promotions News Promo – Single spot ABC15 - Meet Dan
Promotion News Promo – Single spot/Same day ABC15 - Investigators: Mexico Custody
Promotion Program – Single Spot or Campaign ABC15 - The List
Arts/Entertainment-Program Feature-Segment Scripps/Teen Designer: Alexander Sanchez
Jodie Heisner, Mark Oltz
Magazine Program – Feature/Segment Scripps/The List/Steampunk
Jodie Heisner, Mark Oltz, Brien McElhatten
Magazine Program – Program/Special Scripps/The List
Dave Erickson, Abbie Smith, Rick Joyce
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