|WRAL-TV Wins Three Regional Emmys
WRAL-TV Photographer Chad Flowers
WRAL-TV Reporter Scott Mason
WRAL-TV Producer Christian McIlwain
WRAL-TV Producer Shelly Leslie
WRAL-TV came home a winner from the 17th Annual Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards ceremony in Nashville, TN, on Saturday, February 1, 2003. The Triangle station won three Emmys for Best Hard News Series, Best News Promo and Best Post-Produced Audio. The presentation ceremony took place at the Gaylord Opryland Resort.
Best Hard News Series went to WRAL-TV Reporter Scott Mason and Photographer Chad Flowers for several Pentagon stories the two put together. They covered the post-September 11th attack on the Pentagon by doing stories focusing on “the feel of the place and the spirit of the people” while the national news concentrated on the latest developments and hard-hitting news. Mason and Flowers compiled six stories for the Emmy entry, including a profile of a news museum in Arlington, interviews with people who saw the wreckage, the economic impact of the attacks, and some patriotic pieces.
WRAL-TV Producer Christian McIlwain brought home the Emmy for Best News Promo for his work on a story, “The Mysterious Death of Jamie Holland.” McIlwain promo’ed the news story about the death of ECU student Jamie Holland. The police deemed her death a drug overdose; but compelling evidence to the contrary prompted her parents to request the case be re-opened as a murder investigation.
WRAL-TV’s third Emmy went to Producer Shelly Leslie for her Post-Production Audio on the public service announcement “Pay Attention.” The spot addresses child drowning, and how parents need to pay attention because it only takes 2 minutes for a child to drown. The spot has been mostly commended and somewhat condemned because of its graphic nature. Leslie’s spot also won a Best of the Best Award from the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters, an international Promax Award and a Telly Award.
Emmys were presented in 57 categories from nearly 700 entries. WRAL-TV and sister station FOX50 received an impressive 22 nominations.