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Emerson Alumni, Students Win Local Emmy Awards

Several Emerson College alumni took home local Emmy Awards for their work in broadcasting on Saturday, June 4, at the Westin Copley Hotel in Boston.

Gerry Wardwell ’80, assistant news director at WCVB-TV, won two Boston/New England Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). He was part of a team that won for Breaking News for its coverage of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s guilty verdict, as well as a crew that won for Continuing Coverage Within 24 Hours for stories on the identification of Bella Bond, a toddler whose body was found washed up on Deer Island.

WFXT-TV reporter Mike Beaudet ’92 was part of a team that won best Investigative Report for its work on “FOX Undercover.” Bob Ward ’83, also a reporter with WFXT-TV, was on the team awarded best News Report–Serious Series for “New England’s Unsolved.”

David Wade ’95, a WBZ-TV anchor, was named best news writer.

Sara (Hogan) Del Signore ’08, an associate producer at (add)ventures, was part of the team that created a public service announcement for the Prostate Cancer Foundation, which won it a local Emmy for Community/Public Service Single Spot.

Luke Fraser ’14 was one of four producers for the Boston Red Sox who won in the Promotion Program-Campaign category for #MyFenway.

Among the Emerson nominees were: Jim Aberdale ’98 (Comcast SportsNet New England); Amy (Lessard) Beveridge ’00 (WMTW); Jared Bowen ’98 (WGBH); Eric Budney ’94 (WFSB); Chris Cantergiani ’91 (WHDH); Max Collins ’13 (Atomic Beard Productions and Superdigital); Jennifer (Reading) Costa, MA ’10 (WCAX); Bianca de la Garza ’97 (Lucky Gal Productions); Richard Feindel ’09 (WCVB); Parker Gavigan, MA ’04; Ed Harding ’75 (WCVB); Rose Mirakian-Wheeler ’82 (NESN); Sharman Sacchetti ’93 (WFXT); Colleen Shaughnessy, MA ’12 (WBIN-NH1); Lisa (Hickey) Simmons, MA ’02 (WCVB); Nick Terry ’04; and Frederick Wheeler ’13 (WBIN-NH1).

On April 12, NATAS announced that four Emerson students won Student Awards.

Catherine Casey ’16 and Angelina Salcedo ’17 won a General Assignment–Serious News award for their WEBN-TV story, “Kickbacks to Comeback: Joe Ganim and the Bridgeport Mayoral Election.”

Thomas Harkey ’16 won a Music Video award for “This Land,” and Pamela Mora ’16 got an honorable mention for her piece, The Trophy Case, in the Long Form–Fiction category.

In Los Angeles, Jared Harris '18 was the editor for this year's winner of a Student Award for Best Scripted Series, Playhouse of Cards. 

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