WDIO wins Midwest Regional Emmy Awards


WDIO/WIRT-DT’s Eyewitness News was honored with two (2) Upper Midwest Regional Emmy® Awards during the Emmy® Awards Gala on Saturday, September 28 at the State Theater in downtown Minneapolis.

Eyewitness News’ two (2) 2013 Upper Midwest Regional Emmy® Awards and six (6) 2013 Upper Midwest Regional Emmy® Nominations continue WDIO/WIRT-DT’s long history of being recognized for outstanding journalism. Eyewitness News has the distinction of receiving more Emmy® Awards and Emmy® nominations than any other Duluth television station, according to the National Television Academy, Upper Midwest Chapter.

Eyewitness News at Six was honored with an Upper Midwest Regional Emmy® Award for “Newscast: Evening” (Markets 21 – 140). The June 20, 2012 Eyewitness News at Six newscast aired hours after floodwaters inundated much of Duluth, Superior, and Carlton County and damaged hundreds of homes. Eyewitness News reporters offered team coverage of the flood and how it affected people, businesses, and infrastructure.

“The Emmy® means even more this year because of the significance of the news that day,” News Director Steve Goodspeed said. “So many people and communities were affected, and viewers were counting on us for information at a time when the region was still struggling and everyone was just trying to cope with the water and damage.”

Eyewitness News was honored with an Upper Midwest Regional Emmy® Award for “Public/Current/Community Affairs Program” for the stories, “Uneasy Street.” Eyewitness News Reporter/Producer Alan Hoglund and Eyewitness News Photojournalist Desten Johnson spent several days on Superior Street in downtown Duluth looking deeper into the issue of synthetic drug sales. They interviewed community members about their concerns regarding the sale of the drugs and the impact on those living and working there. They also analyzed police records, finding there were nearly eight times as many police calls to the area as there were five years earlier.

“Alan and Desten took the story and topic very seriously,” Goodspeed said. “They devoted a lot of time and energy to find out what was going on.”

“We spent many days in the heart of downtown Duluth to get a clear sense of how the people who work, travel through, and live there feel when they’re on the street,” said reporter Alan Hoglund. “We hope that understanding came through clearly in the end. Being recognized with an Emmy® for that effort is an honor.”

The Upper Midwest Chapter of the NATAS was established in 2000, and currently includes Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Northwestern Wisconsin and a portion of Iowa. The National Television Academy is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry.

It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy Award for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime, Creative Arts, Public & Community Service, Technology & Engineering/Advanced Media and Business & Financial Reporting. Excellence in Primetime programming and international programming is recognized by its affiliate, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Regional Emmys are given in 19 regions across the United States.

Source: WDIO press release