ST. LOUIS, Mo. - 41 Action News won eight Emmys at the 2013 Mid-America Emmy Awards gala hosted in St. Louis, Mo., on Saturday evening.
The station won the award in the breaking news category for its coverage of the tragic JJ's Restaurant explosion last February.
The 41 Action News Investigators brought home three awards, including one for a story where reporter Ryan Kath uncovered a real estate scheme revolving around forged deeds. Kath followed a paper trail showing deeds signed with names of homeowners who have been dead for years.
Chief Meteorologist Gary Lezak was honored with two awards, one for weather talent and the other for his popular winter forecast prediction.
“It is a great honor to be recognized by the Mid-America chapter of NATAS,” KSHB News Director Carrie Hofmann said. “I am extremely proud to have won awards in weather, breaking news and investigations. These are the topics most important to our viewers and for our station, so it’s an honor to be recognized for our work in these areas.”
Another award recognized the work of 41 Action News in its coverage of one of the worst cases of child abuse in the Kansas City area.
Anchor Christa Dubill spent two years following the story of a young boy, found locked in an attic in horrible conditions, through his recovery and eventual adoption.
KSHB-TV won more awards than any other Kansas City area TV station.
List of the official award titles:
On-Camera Talent- Anchor - Weather: Gary Lezak
Breaking News: Explosion and Fire Destroys Landmark Kansas City Restaurant; Derek Kenyon, Tom Brown, Mark Clegg, Elizabeth Alex
Investigative Report: Real Estate Scheme; Ryan Kath and Michael Butler
News Promo-Single Spot: Back to School; Randy Thurman, Anthony Pierce
Politics/Government News Story/Program Feature Segment: KC Top Parking Offenders; Ryan Kath and Andy Pollard
Feature News Story: Giovanni Finds Hope; Christa Dubill, Andy Pollard, Melissa Greenstein
On-Camera Talent - Reporter: Ryan Kath
News Weathercast: Winter Forecast; Gary Lezak
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