The commitment 9 On Your Side has to broadcasting excellence was honored Saturday evening during the 49th Annual Ohio Valley Regional Emmy® Awards.
In all, 9 On Your Side staff picked up nine Emmy awards at the event hosted by The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Ohio Valley Chapter at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza hotel in downtown Cincinnati.
Five staffers shared in the nine awards, meaning the team took home a total of 14 statuettes. 9 On Your Side journalists were nominated for 17 awards overall.
Leading the way for the WCPO-TV team was I-Team investigative reporter Brendan Keefe , who was awarded eight trophies in 2013, a new personal best for one year. It was also the most awards collected by any individual in the Ohio Chapter this year.
"It is humbling to receive so many honors from our peers, but it also serves as validation of the unique E.W. Scripps brand of investigative and multimedia journalism," Keefe said.
The Ohio Valley organization recognized Keefe for his unique cutting-edge style of multimedia journalism combined and thorough brand investigative journalism. He was honored for "On Your Side" projects that ranged in topic from sexual predators in school zones to the food stamp trade to investigating a local charter school for questionable business practices.
He has been awarded 38 regional Emmy awards in four chapters (Boston/New England, Suncoast, New York City and Ohio Valley chapters) during his career.
Although he is the face of his projects, Keefe is first to admit that he is not solely responsible for their success.
Photographers Larry Deal ("Denial & Retraction: Paul Ryan's Stimulus Stumble") and Greg Singleton (" I-Team: All In The Family" and "I-Team: Highway Robbery") were awarded Emmy statuettes for their contributions to several of Keefe's award-winning projects.
Singleton also took home an award for his involvement in the project "What is it like to donate an organ?", which was reported by Tanya O'Rourke with help from producer Suzanne Murray and photographer Greg Singleton. In the piece, O'Rourke documented what it was like to donate one of her kidneys to her sister's sister-in-law, Susan.
9 On Your Side Reporter Tom McKee and multimedia journalist Anthony Mirones received Emmy nominations.
McKee was nominated in the Feature - Series category for his story, " WWII Canteen: From Scrap to Souvenir. " The story details the travels of a canteen from World War II that was found in a Batavia Township scrapyard and shipped to Nebraska so it could be returned the family of the soldier who carried it decades earlier.
The compilation of stories submitted under the name "Me, Myself and iPhone" earned Mirones a nomination in the Video Journalist category. Mirones, who has been honored with eight Emmy awards during his career, submitted stories about a Reds-themed corn maze and the closing of Klingenberg's hardware store in Newport, Ky. after 90 years.
9 On Your Side would like to say congratulations to this year's winners and nominees. We'd also like to say thank you to the viewers for allowing us to be "On Your Side" on a daily basis.
Below is a list of the stories for which 9 On Your Side was awarded Emmy's in 2013. You can click on the name of each story to be taken to the original report (mobile and tablet users can access those hyperlinks in a Web browser version of this story):
" What is it like to donate an organ? "
Category: Health/Science/Environment - News
" I-Team: Sexual Predator School Zones "
Category: Societal Concerns
" I-Team: Food Stamp Trade "
Category: Business/Consumer Report
" Denial & Retraction: Paul Ryan's Stimulus Stumble "
Category: Politics/Government - News
" Charter School a Family Business "
Category: Education/Schools - News
"Keeping Them Honest" (composite)
" A Ton of Narcotics at Cincinnati's Airport "
Category: General Assignment Report
" I-Team: All In The Family "
Category: Investigative Report
" I-Team: Highway Robbery "
Category: Investigative Series
You can find out more information about the event, the organization behind it and all the of the nominees at the following link: http://ohiovalleyemmy.org