Branson, Missouri – WGEM News was honored by the Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences during its annual EMMY® Gala held in Branson.
WGEM News took home a regional EMMY® Award in the Newscast category. The award specifically recognizes the production of WGEM News at Six the day after the 2018 officer-involved shooting in Quincy last May, resulting in the death of a suspect. The officer’s actions were found to be justified.
“Immediately following the shooting, our journalists provided neighbors with important information about their immediate safety,” said Chad Mahoney, WGEM News Director.
“Then, our team worked to dig deeper into the story,” Mahoney explained. “We looked into the suspect’s history, the officer’s experience, body camera policies and historical data on recent officer-involved shootings.”
Additionally, two WGEM News at Ten newscasts were EMMY®-nominated.
The Mid-America chapter is one of nineteen regional chapters of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. NATAS says its chapters are the standard-bearers for excellence in the television broadcasting industry and the gatekeepers of the prestigious regional EMMY® Awards.
NATAS Mid-America includes stations in St. Louis, Kansas City, Little Rock, Springfield, MO, St. Joseph, Columbia-Jefferson City, Joplin-Pittsburg, Quincy-Hannibal-Keokuk, Ottumwa-Kirksville, Davenport-Rock Island-Moline, Paducah-Cape Girardeau-Harrisburg, Champaign-Springfield-Decatur, Fort Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Jonesboro, Monroe-Eldorado and Shreveport, LA.