The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honored WRAL-TV with a nomination in its 33rd Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards. WRAL-TV is one of only seven local television stations to receive a national nomination this year.
The station is nominated in the Spot News category for outstanding coverage of the deadly tornadoes that ripped through North Carolina on April 16, 2011.
WRAL News Director Rick Galls says, “The experienced, talented and dedicated staff here really delivered when it mattered most, and I believe this nomination reflects that. We’re certainly honored to be recognized nationally for our work, which is built on a daily commitment to service and excellence.”
Earlier this year, the station won regional Emmy awards for best newscast and breaking news for its coverage of the deadly tornadoes. The station also won the MidSouth region’s most prestigious award for news excellence.
“WRAL-TV takes its community responsibility seriously,” says station Vice President and General Manager Steven D. Hammel. “We stayed on the air as the tornado was barreling towards the station. Our entire staff went into action around the clock in the aftermath. I’m exceptionally proud of the courage and compassion our staff showed during such a trying time in our community. ”
The national News & Documentary Emmy winners will be announced at an October ceremony in New York City.
Thanks to WRAL-TV’s Debbie Tullos for this capcom story & graphic.