Once again it was an honor to attend the New York chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at the 57th Annual New York Emmy Awards Gala.
Our team produced video, “The New Farmers of Long Island”, won in the environment category. Alejandra’s video about Long Islander’s who overcame terminal diseases won as well.
I also won an individual award for photography. It was in the category for special programs. This is my fourth Emmy in four years and could not have been accomplished without the huge support I’ve gotten from my family, my wife and all the talented folks at Newsday.
After the dinner, we made our traditional voyage to the oldest chinese restaurant in New York City, the Wo Hop in Chinatown. My friend and colleague Tom Ferrara suggested we add our mark to the restaurant by adding our Emmy table card to the wall. Hopefully I used enough tape for it to be a permanent fixture along with all the head-shots and memorabilia! A great way to end the night.
By LAURA FIGUEROA
Newsday received three New York Emmy Awards Sunday night for videos posted to Newsday.com that featured East End farmers and Long Islanders overcoming terminal diseases.
The New York chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the winners at a ceremony held at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square.
Chris Ware won in the photographer: program category for excellence in photography, and also won for his work shooting “Long Island’s Newest Farmers,” a video about a new breed of farmer on the East End.
The farming video won in the environment: program/special category and was produced by Arnold Miller and Robert Cassidy. Mario Gonzalez served as editor and Raychel Brightman served as sound editor.
“Against All Odds,” about six Long Islanders diagnosed with terminal illness who overcame the odds to become survivors, won in the health/science: news/feature category. Alejandra Villa was photographer and editor of the video and Miller served as producer.
“I’m so incredibly proud of our talented staff and their hard work in continuing to provide Long Islanders with engaging content,” said Debby Krenek, Newsday editorial director and senior vice president/digital media.
Newsday received 12 nominations for videos posted online from September 2012 to August 2013. The nominated videos were created by 18 visual journalists, editors and producers, and included videos featuring Civil War re-enactors, babies and toddlers learning through song and dance, and visually impaired athletes.
Other nominated videos included stories about Long Islanders overcoming superstorm Sandy, a woman grieving over her daughter’s death in a boating accident, a woman diagnosed with a deadly lung disease unable to get health insurance, a mentally disabled couple’s fight to live together, and a nine-day stretch in April when New York seemed like the sports capital of America