Updated March 28 at 12:29am

N.E. Emmy nominations and Murrow awards for local TV stations


(Updated, April 28)

PROVIDENCE - All three Providence-based network television stations are in the running for New England Emmy Awards.

In addition to its five regional Emmy nominations, WJAR-TV NBC 10 took home last week two Edward R. Murrow Awards.

WJAR earned recognition for “overall excellence” and for its coverage of the 2010 floods with the Murrow awards presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association on April 22.

“I am so proud of the work our news team does on a daily basis,” said Chris Lanni, news director of WJAR, about the Murrow awards. “To be recognized by our peers for the work we do for our viewers is a great honor.”

Entries were judged on breaking news, continuing coverage, features, the station’s web presence and other work. The RTDNA established the Murrow awards in 1971 to recognize outstanding achievement in electronic broadcast journalism.

Earlier this month, WJAR learned, along with two other Providence-based stations, that its team has been nominated for New England Emmy awards, to be announced on May 14 by the National Academy of Arts and Sciences at a ceremony in Boston.

Capturing the most nominations was WPRI-TV CBS 12, based in East Providence, up for seven Emmy awards, followed by WJAR-TV NBC 10 with five nominations, WLNE-TV ABC 6 and the Rhode Island International Film Festival, each with three, and the Providence Journal, nominated for one award. Cox Sports also is up for seven awards.

Nominated from WPRI-TV Channel 12 were the following in these categories:

  • Spot News – Brian Butler, photographer, and Walt Buteau, reporter, for “Rhode Island Floods.”

  • News Specialty Report Business/Consumer – Susan Hogan, consumer reporter, and Les Breault, photographer, for “Consumer Composite.”

  • Historical/Cultural Program/Special – Tim White, investigative reporter, for “Bonded Vault Heist" with John J. Villella Jr., videographer/editor, Jason Ruel, editor, and Karen Rezendes, executive producer.

  • Editor News/No Time Limit – Villella, for “Street Stories: Top Rope Wrestling.”

  • On-Camera Talent – Michael Montecalvo, news anchor, for “Historic Floods.”

  • Writer/Short Form – James Bartone, writer.

  • Promotion Program/Campaign – Susan Tracy-Durant, director of creative services, for “TMZ in Providence,” with Bartone as writer, Ruel as producer and Richard Valles, videographer.

    Nominated from WJAR-TV Channel 10 were the following in these categories:

  • Spot News – Brian Crandall, reporter, “Bridge Collapse Fears.”

  • Continuing Coverage/Within 24 hours – “Historic Floods,” Chris Lanni, news director.

  • Team Coverage – “Obama Visit,” Lanni.

  • Special Event Coverage – “Ready for Takeoff,” Lanni.

  • Photographer/News within 24 hours – Scott Santos, “Pawtucket Mill Fire.”

    Nominated from WLNE-TV Channel 6 were:

  • On-Camera Talent – Parker Gavigan, investigative reporter, “Parker Gavigan Composite.”

  • Wrote/Short Form – Judy Shoemaker, writer, editor and producer.

  • Societal Concerns Program – Jason Nosile, director, and Tim Labonte, editor, for “Haiti: Triumph, Sorrow and Struggle of a People,” co-produced with Vieux-Bouregois Productions.

    FLICKERS: The Rhode Island International Film Festival won three Emmy nods for public service announcements it produced for: Planet Dog, Teymur Lazimov, producer; North Charles, Jeanne Herring, producer; and The Power of You, Dana Biscotti Myskowksi, producer.

    The Providence Journal garnered an Emmy nomination for “Marathon Man,” a special sports news video report, by John Friedah, photographer, and Cecilia Prestamo, editor.

    Cox Sports Television, part of Cox Communications based in West Warwick, is up for seven awards, nominated for:

  • Historical/Cultural Program/Special – Rick Conca, producer/editor, “Nick Rabar: Chef 2 Go #3.”

  • Sporting Event/Game-Live/Unedited – Christian Ackerknecht, producer, Pawsox Baseball; Ackerknecht, producer, URI vs. Boston College.

  • Special Event Coverage – Anthony Finucane, producer/editor, “RI20: The Rhode Island National Guard Air Show and Open House.”

  • Promotion Program/Single Spot – Finucane, producer, Providence College Basketball on Cox Sports.

  • Commercial – Finucane, editor/director, URI Seniors.

  • Audio – Charles W. Reckard, audio mixer, Pawsox Baseball.

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