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KNBC dominates Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards

August 30, 2009 |  1:57 pm

KNBC-TV Channel 4 was the big winner at the Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards again this year, picking up eight statuettes, including two of the three given for best newscasts.

KNBC also captured eight last year to lead the pack. But while the Emmys for best local news programs were split last year among KTLA-TV Channel 5, KCBS-TV Channel 2 and KCAL-TV Channel 9, this year KNBC won both in the category of newscasts 35 minutes or less (for “Channel 4 News at 11 p.m.”) and newscasts longer than 35 minutes (for “Channel 4 News at 5 p.m.”).

The other news Emmy, for best daytime newscast, went to “KTLA Morning News” for the second year in a row.

In ceremonies Saturday night at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in North Hollywood, 14 other stations and cable companies were also honored with awards for the best local programming of 2008.

KTTV-TV Channel 11 garnered seven trophies, including for best news special, for “Fire: Protecting Your Home,” and best live coverage of an unscheduled news event, for the Metrolink collision.

Six Emmys went to noncommercial KCET-TV Channel 28, including the award for best informational/public affairs series shot mostly outside a studio, for “So Cal Connected.”

The Emmy for best informational/public affairs series based primarily in a studio went to another non-commercial station, KLCS-TV Channel 58, for “Between the Lines.”

Devine_hubnosn1 Horacio Cervantes of KMEX-TV Channel 34 was named best news director, while Mary Harris of KNBC won as best news writer for the fourth straight year.

Reporter Christine Devine (pictured right) and producer Gerri Shaftel Constant of KTTV were triple honorees, winning for best news feature reporting and two categories of medical reporting.  Reporter Joel Grover and producer Matt Goldberg of KNBC collected two each, for investigative reporting and hard-news reporting.

Among other winners:

Live special events (entertainment): “Tournament of Roses Parade,” KTLA.
Live special events (news): “Deadly SWAT Standoff,” KCAL.
Instructional programming: “Outdoor Electric Safety,” LA CityView35.
Sports special: “One on One With Oscar De La Hoya,” KTTV.
Sports series: “True Blue Stories: 50 Years of Dodger Glory,” FSN Prime Ticket.
Education: “Inside Locke High,” KCET.
Entertainment programming: “Travel Café (St. Moritz),” KNBC

The full list of winners is at the TV academy’s website, www-emmys.tv.
 
-- Lee Margulies

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