14 Jul KFOR-TV Newschannel 4 & KAUT-TV Freedom 43 Win 8 Heartland Regional Emmy Awards
Emmy Awards Recognize KFOR-TV and KAUT-TV For Outstanding May 2013 Tornado Coverage And Excellence In News And Promotion
KFOR-TV NewsChannel 4 and KAUT-TV Freedom 43 were recently honored for outstanding team coverage of the May 2013 tornadoes as well as excellence in news and promotion as the stations were presented with eight Heartland Regional Emmys during the annual ceremony held Saturday, July 12, 2014.
“It’s an honor for NewsChannel 4 and Freedom 43 to win eight Heartland Regional Emmys. Our team works hard to provide viewers with the best news and weather coverage as well as exciting and entertaining programming and promotion,” said Wes Milbourn, President and General Manager of KFOR-TV NewsChannel 4 and KAUT-TV Freedom 43.
KFOR-TV NewsChannel 4 news department shared two Emmy awards for team coverage of the Moore tornadoes of May 2013. Anchor/reporter Lance West won an Emmy for his live news coverage following the Moore tornadoes. Anchor/reporter Chellie Mills and photojournalist Micah Leon shared an Emmy for their informational feature “The Cost of Distracted Driving”. Photojournalist/producer Marc Dillard and promotion graphic artist Brian Caskey won Emmys for the informational and instructional program series special “May’s Fury – A 4WARN Storm Team Special”.
“We’re humbled to be recognized for our news excellence. Our team of dedicated journalists, photographers and producers seek to tell great stories every day,” said Carlton Houston, News Director for KFOR-TV NewsChannel 4 and KAUT-TV Freedom 43.
Promotion producer and television personality Lucas Ross, along with his photographer and brother Marcus Ross, won in the Program Promo – Image category for the “Fly Freedom 43 TV” promotional spot.
In the Single Spot – Promotion category, KFOR-TV won for “Tornado Week” and, besides his award for “May’s Fury”, promotion designer Caskey also won an Emmy in the Graphic Arts – News category for his work on “KFOR Broadcast Graphics and Animation”.
This year marks the 65th broadcasting anniversary of KFOR NewsChannel 4, originally called WKY-TV, which signed on the air June 6th, 1949. WKY-TV was the first television station in Oklahoma.