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May 14, 2007
And the Emmy goes to ...


... Channel 13's much-maligned (at least in this space) Kurtis Ming, who took home two awards from Saturday night's 36th annual Northern California Area Emmy Awards.

Ming (pictured, left), known for his "special reports" and heavy use of the first-person singular, won the Investigative Report category for "Medical Mistakes, State Failures." Then, he later won for Feature Report - Light for "Free Land." Ming's editor on both stories was Peter Roney.

(Warning: Shameless plug coming. For more on Ming and the sweeps phenomenon of "special reports," read my Media Savvy column in Tuesday's Bee.)

Sacramento must be an investigative town, because former KUVS reporter Tatiana Bedoya (who had quit the station in a dispute with management), won the Spanish-language Investigative award for "They Stole My Home."

KUVS had a good night, taking home eight Emmys. Among the other local Univision winners: reporter Santiago Lucero (two awards - he's pictured at right), news director Pedro Calderon and former anchor Pablo Espinoza.

Every local station except for Channel 3 (KCRA) and Fox40 won an Emmy. Channel 13's Diana Penna won a special Emmy for Community Service for the station's annual pet telethon. And News10 sportscaster Ryan Yamamoto was named the top "On-Camera Talent" for sports reporting. Our local PBS affiliate, KVIE, won for Public Affairs Feature for a "California Connected" report on levees.

But when it came to the big awards - Station Excellence, News Excellence and the Best Evening and Daytime Newscasts - Sacramento was shut out by its rivals in the Bay Area.

For a complete list of Emmy winners, click here.

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