The Lone Star Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded NBC 5 / KXAS-TV its top Emmy® for overall Station Excellence during its tenth annual awards gala at Cowboys Stadium on Saturday, November 9, 2012. The Lone Star Chapter represents the state of Texas’ 19 television markets.
Several NBC 5 efforts contributed to the recognition. During the past year, NBC 5 launched a four-person investigative unit that was honored with the Texas Freedom Information Act Award for a report on drivers caught speeding more than 100 mph with little punishment or consequences. NBC 5 also expanded its field reporting staff by hiring seven multi-media journalists who are geographically zoned in large cities that make up the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area and who regularly report live from their regions. In the community, NBC 5 sponsored events that drove tens of thousands of area residents to participate with organizations like the Salvation Army, Earth Day Dallas, the Fort Worth Stock Show and the Cowtown Marathon.
NBC 5 President/General Manager accepted the Outstanding Achievement award for Station Excellence. KXAS previously won the honor in 2008.
"There's a very talented team of professionals at NBC 5 working on many fronts each day to bring North Texans relevant and accurate news and information," said Ehlmann. "It's an honor to see a prestigious organization like the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences recognize this."
NBC 5 staff received eight additional Emmy® awards for their work:
NBC 5 Anchor/reporter Kristi Nelson and Executive Producer Reginald Hardwick won the Emmy for Interactivity. "Kristi's Gift" profiled her kidney donation to her mother Helen. NBC 5 Anchor/Reporter Deborah Ferguson tweeted about the Nelsons' transplant from the operating room. The series also inspired dozens of North Texans to attend kidney health screenings.
NBC 5 Photojournalist Noah Bullard won the Emmy for Feature News Report - Light Feature/Series. His story "Battle Chariot" focused on local wheelchair athletes.
NBC 5 Sports Reporter Matt Barrie and Photojournalists Noah Bullard and Peter Hull were awarded the Emmy for Human Interest - News Single Story/Feature for "The Voice of Knox City." The story profiled Landon Baty, an immunosuppressed Texas teen who attends class using a robot.
NBC 5 Sports Anchor Matt Barrie also earned Emmys for On-Camera Talent - Anchor - Sports and On-Camera Talent Reporter - Sports.
Barrie and Bullard also won for Sportscast.
Bullard also took home the Photographer - Sports Emmy for "Wheely Good Photography."
NBC 5 Morning Reporter Ben Russell won the Emmy for On-Camera Talent - Reporter - Live for his entry "Take A Look..."
KXTX-Channel 39, the Telemundo-owned station in Dallas/Fort Worth won seven Lone Star Emmys.
The Lone Star Emmy Chapter is part of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The chapter includes television professionals from Dallas/Fort Worth and 18 other markets across Texas. Click here for the complete list of Lone Star Emmy Awardees.