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Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 06/26/2011

WBFF, WTTG, WRC big winners at local Emmy Awards


Brett Haber (John Maynard - TWP)
Fox TV stations in our market had a big night Saturday, as Emmy Awards were handed out by the national TV academy’s National Capital Chesapeake Bay chapter.

When the dust settled, Baltimore’s Fox affiliate station WBFF had walked off with the most Emmy statues – 15 – followed closely by Washington’s Fox-owned station WTTG, with 13 wins. (WBFF is also listed along with Baltimore’s CW station, WNUV for two Emmy wins in promo derbys. Both stations are owned by Sinclair Broadcasting.)

But NBC-owned WRC won two Emmy Awards for best evening newscast -- for both its coverage of the aftermath of Snowpocalypse and its coverage of the hostage situation at Discovery Communications headquarters.

(Richmond’s CBS affiliate WTVR was named home of the best evening newscast in a “smaller’ market – one of six Emmy wins for that station Saturday night.)

WRC also copped the Emmy for best continuing coverage for its Snowpocalypse coverage, and best “Team coverage” for the Discovery Channel hostage situation. The station also was declared to have the best daytime newscast in its “News4 at 5.” In all, WRC snared 6 Emmys Saturday night at the Grand Hyatt Washington.

This particular chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences covers telecasters from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Nominees had to have been telecast between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2010. And, in case you’re wondering, the nominees were judged by panels assembled at several other local TV academy chapters, including the Mid-America chapter, the Ohio Valley chapter, the San Diego chapter, and so on.

WTTG’s big night included Steve Chenevey being named Washington’s best news anchor. Its 8 a.m. newscast was deemed the best morning newscast, and it also won the local Emmy for best weekend newscast for its coverage of 2010’s Snowpocalypse.

Over at WBFF, meanwhile, Kathleen Cairns was named the area’s best live reporter, and the station took two trophies for best general assignment report within 24 hours.

The two Fox stations tied in the derby for best investigative reporting in a single story. Then they did an encore in the competition for best light feature report. And the two stations were among the four recipients of Emmys for best serious feature report – Emmys also going to Richmond’s CBS station WTVR, and Baltimore’s ABC station WMAR.

(Washington’s CBS affiliate WUSA took the win for best serious feature news series for its pieces on human trafficking – one of two Emmy wins for that station.)

WUSA’s Brett Haber was named best sports anchor during Saturday’s Emmy dispensing; Maryland Public Television’s Mario Armstrong was named best program host/moderator. And WJLA’s Kris Van Cleave took the trophy for best general assignment reporter – one of four Emmy wins for the Washington ABC affiliate.

Full disclosure: Washingtonpost.com was a participant in the region’s Emmy competition, heading into the ceremony with eight nominations and taking home eight Emmy wins, behind only the two Fox stations in overall tally. Washingtonpost.com’s wins included the Emmy for best public/current/community affairs program or special, for “The Life of a Crime Gun” series.

C-Span founder and CEO Brian Lamb was awarded the chapter’s Board of Governors Award, recognizing outstanding achievement and unique accomplishment of some duration and durability.

And Mike Walter, founder of video production service company Walter Media, received the Ted Yates Award, given to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding professional and personal qualities in their contributions to the region’s TV news and public affairs. (The award is named after Yates, an NBC News producer who was killed on the job, in honor of his achievements in journalism.)

Here are the results:

WBFF15

WTTG13

The Washington Post 8

WRC/NBC4 6

Comcast SportsNet 6

Maryland Public Television 6

WJLA 4

WTVR 4

WAVY 4

MASN 4

WETA 3

WUSA 9 2

WMAR 2

WRIC 2

WCVE 2

Planet Green 2

Colonial Williamsburg Productions 2

WBFF/WNUV 2

By  |  09:12 AM ET, 06/26/2011

 
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