2000 Nominees

2000 Heartland Regional Emmy Nominees



Category 1A

Outstanding Daily Newscast, Markets 1-50


KWGN:  WB2 news@nine

WB2 News Staff


WFAA:  News 8 Update at Ten: Wedgwood Church Shooting       Annette Smith, Producer

Art MacLaren, Director

Brent Stephens, Assistant Director

WFAA Staff


KXAS: Wedgwood Baptist Church Shooting, NBC5 at 10    

Kim Godwin-Hughes,   VP of News

KXAS Staff


KCNC: News4 at 10

News4 Staff



Category 1B

Outstanding Daily Newscast, Markets 51+


KKTV: Remembering Columbine

11 News Team


KJRH: 10pm Broadcast 5/11/00





Category 2

Morning/Noon Newscast:

All Markets Eligible


KCNC: 6AM News4 This Morning

       Laura Martin, Morning Sr. Producer

Jenny Dean, Reporter

         Kathy Soltero, Anchor

KDFW: FOX 4 Good Day

Ridhi Mehra, Producer

FOX 4 News Team




Category 3

Spot News Team Coverage

(This is a station award.  A plaque will be presented to the winning station)


KMGH: 7News 5pm: Hail Storm

Jaymee Campdilli-Johnson,    Producer

Andy Dudley, Director

KWGN: Ramsey Grand Jury

WB2 News Staff


KMGH: 7News 5pm: Massive Car Pileup

Jaymee Campdilli-Johnson, Producer

John Velte  Director


KJRH: Baby Cassie

KJRH-TV Newsroom




Category 4

Spot News/Single Report


KUSA: Party of the Century

Eric Kehe, Photojournalist

Mark Koebrich, Reporter


KSNW: Missing Man Found

Justin Kraemer, Reporter

Rob Karnes, Photogrpaher


KWGN: Wal-mart Shooting

Sheryl Machado, Reporter

Steve Holloway, Photojournalist




Category 5

Live News


KMGH: Columbine Anniversary

Jaymee Campidilli-Johnson, Producer

Anne Trujillo, Anchor

Mitch Jelniker, Anchor

Mark Wisner, Director


KJRH: OKC Memorial

KJRH Newsroom


KXAS: Downtown Fort Worth Tornado Damage       

Suzel Spiller, Reporter

Mike Heimbuch, Photographer




Category 6

General News 24 Hours


KMGH: Two Less Trees

Steve Saunders, Reporter

Jennifer A. Ross, Photographer/Editor


KUSA: Raccoon Attack

Scott Wright, Photojournalist

         Mark Koebrich, Reporter     


KOCO: Dirty Birds

Jim Patton, Reporter

         Jeremy Hubbard, Photojournalist


KCNC: Columbine: One Year later

       Vicki Hildner, Producer

Eric Blumer, Editor

News4 Staff


WFAA: Texas vs. Texas A&M – Post-Bonfire Football                Gary Reaves, Reporter

Cliff Williams, Photographer

Brad Kaplan, Editor

Category 7

General News/No Limit      


KFOR: Fire Camera – When Seconds Count

Lance West, Reporter

         Brad Riggan, Special Projects Producer


WFAA: Baby Factory

         Janet St. James, Reporter

Douglas Burgess, Photographer


KUSA: Fat Boys

         Adam Schrager,  Reporter

Brad Houston, Photojournalist

Category 8

News Feature/No Limit


KDFW: Animal ER

       Jeff Crilley, Reporter

         Guy Hernandez,   Photojournalist

KCNC: Erin’s Life: Ten Years Later

         Vicki Hildner, Producer

         Dan Fox, Photographer

         Eric Blumer, Photographer/Editor

         Bill Stuart, Reporter    


WFAA: To Hell and Back

              Douglas Burgess, Photojournalist

Gary Reaves, Reporter


    KCNC: Donkey Race

   Vicki Hildner, Producer

Bill Masure, Photographer/Editor

                               Eric Blumer, Photographer

Bill Stuart, Reporter



Category 9

News Feature/24 Hours


KMGH: Cardboard Derby

Sean McLaughlin, Reporter

Steve Barnhisel,   Photojournalist

Brian Weister, Editor


KCNC: Beanie Kids

       Scott Sander, Reporter

         Everett McEwan, Photographer


KCNC: Corey DePooter, Honorary Marine

       Don Stevenson, Photojournalist


WFAA: Homeless Piano Man

Bill Brown, Reporter

Tom Loveless, Photographer

Jesus Hernandez, Tape Editor


KUSA: Snorin’ Norlin

Adam Schrager, Reporter

Eric Kehe, Photojournalist




Category 10

News Series


KMGH: Coloradans in Kosovo

Hendrik Sybrandy, Reporter

Coby Howell, Photojournalist



KMGH: House Money

Bill Clarke, Reporter

         Stephen Coppin, Photographer/Editor


WFAA: Kid Drug Smuggling

       Rebecca Lopez, Reporter

         Chris Johnson, Photographer

Don Smith, Editor


KDFW: The Lost Children

Erika Ruiz, Reporter

         Lari Barager, Reporter

FOX 4 News Team



KWTV: Mary’s Story

Robin Marsh, Reporter




Category 11

Investigative Reporting


KDFW: Serve and Protect?

 Becky Oliver, Investigative Reporter

Jennifer Cameron, Producer

Scott Gill, Editor

Phil Fleming, Photographer


KDFW: Texas Parole

       David Christopher, Reporter

         Becky Miller, Producer

Brad Voight, Photographer/Editor

KDFW: A Very Private Practice

Becky Oliver, Investigative Reporter

Jennifer Cameron, Producer

Scott Gill, Editor

                            Phil Fleming, Photographer


Category 12

Special Events Coverage


KTVT: Season of Speed

    Jason Bishop, Producer

Michelle Lannom, Producer

         Mike Gartreau, Operations Manager

KJRH: Twist of Fate

KJRH Newsroom




Category 13

Documentary/Current Issues


KWTV: May 3rd Deadly Force

 Becky King, Executive Producer

         Tommy Evans, Technical Producer

     Gary England, Chief Meteorologist   


WFAA: 2000 & Beyond: A Family First Special

Nann Goplerud, Executive Producer

Tom Steyer, Producer

Alan McKenzie, Photographer

Byron Black, Editor


KERA: Ready for Life

Ginny Martin, Senior Producer

Rob Tranchin, Senior Producer

Rick Thompson, Executive Producer


KCNC: Embracing a Dream – The Legacy of Oumar Dia    Stephanie Riggs, Writer/Producer

         Bill Masure, Photojournalist/Editor

         Alison Harder, Post Production Editor   




Category 14

Documentary/Artistic or Cultural


KERA: The Gentling Brother’s Aztec Project

       Ginny Martin, Producer/Videographer/Editor

Katie Sherrod, Co-Producer


KUSA: Ocean Journey: The Journey Begins

Jack Maher, Executive Producer

         Demetria Gallegos, Producer


Nebraska Educational Telecommunications:

         WILD HORSES – An American Romance  

         Christine Lesiak, Producer/Director/Writer

         Ralph Hammack  , Videographer/Editor

         Jim Lennertz, Audio Engineer

KERA: Deep in the Arts: Hoang-Anh Tran

       Sarah Perry, Producer

Russell Blair, Editor

Larry Ellis, Camera

         Steve Gaddis, Sound Design



Category 15



Rocky Mountain PBS:

America’s Byways: Los Caminos Antiguos

       Chris Wheeler, Producer/Director

Lorie Hirose, Writer

Richard Webster, Editor

         Melody Maj, Associate Producer


         KCNC: William Henry Jackson: John Fielder

       Bill Stuart, Anchor/Reporter

         Aimee Sporer, Anchor/Reporter

         Bill Masure, Photographer/Editor

         Eric Blumer, Photographer/Editor


Encore Video Productions:

         The Treasure of the Cripple Creek Mining District             Steve Antonuccio, Writer/Producer



Category 16

Target Audience Program


WFAA: Selena: Fotos y Recuerdos: A La Vida Special       Eddie Lavandera, Reporter/Producer

         John Rios, Director

Henry Guerrero, Associate Producer

Anna Martinez, Host


KCNC: Colorado Sportswomen – April 2000

         Cj. Grammer, Producer

Marcia Neville Burke, Assistant Producer

Inge Gill, Editor

Alison Harder, Post Production Editor




Category 17

Public Affairs Program


KJRH: Tornado Alley 2000

KJRH Newsroom


KUSA: 9Who Care

       Mary Peltz, Producer

Asa Darrow, Director

         Kim Hutchinson, Production Coordinator

Dave Kaplar, Producer


KTVT: 11 Days of Christmas Wishes

          Lori Weber, Producer

Ram Guzman, Videotape Editor

KOTV: Heads Up! Teen Town Hall

       Ross Greenawalt, Producer/Director

Robert Cohen, Executive Producer

Category 18

Informational/Instructional Program


Rocky Mountain PBS: Spirit of Colorado: Back in the Saddle            John W. Burshtan, Executive Producer

         Edward Jahn, Producer

Lisa D. Olken, Producer/Photographer

Daniel Mercure, On-Line Editor   


Rocky Mountain PBS: Spirit of Colorado: Wildlife      

         John W. Burshtan, Executive Producer

         Edward Jahn, Producer

         Lisa D. Olken, Producer/Photographer

         Daniel Mercure, On-Line Editor


Rocky Mountain PBS: Spirit of Colorado: Winter

       John W. Burshtan, Executive Producer

         Edward Jahn, Producer

Lisa D. Olken, Producer/Photographer

         Scott VanOrdstrand, Producer/Photographer


KWTV:Weather Safety Classroom

Gary A. England, Chief Meteorologist

Dave Tamez, Producer




Category 19

Interview/Discussion Program


OETA: OKC Metro #403

       Sheryl Beesley, Producer

Gerry Bonds, Host


WFAA: Good Morning Texas, May 17, 2000

         Dina Conte Schulz, Executive Producer


WFAA: Good Morning Texas, March 22, 2000

       Dina Conte Schulz, Executive Producer




Category 20

Entertainment Program


WFAA: Singles

       Beth-Ann Lee, Segment Producer

         Chris Mathis, Photographer

         Claudia M. Russell,  Editor          


KTVT: Positively Country

       Michelle Lannom, Producer

Jody Dean, Host

Sandie Newton, Host

Jason Bishop, Producer



Category 21

Youth/Children’s Program


Starz! Encore Group: Generation Hope: Blueprint for Change

       David Smith, Executive Producer

         Midge Pierce, Executive Producer

NewsGroup: Think Smart episode of HeadJam series

         Doug Crain, Writer/Producer/Director

         Elaine Burkhardt, Co-Producer

         Blake Ross, Writer/Director/Editor


Rocky Mountain PBS: Spirit of Colorado: Kids  

       John W. Burshtan, Executive Producer

         Edward Jahn, Producer

Lisa D. Olken, Producer/Photographer

Walter M. Baas, Producer/Photographer




Category 22

Sports Program


WFAA: Dallas Cowboy’s 40th Anniversary

       Tony Martinez, Executive Producer

Dale Hansen, Host

Arnold M. Payne III, Producer/Photographer

Lisa Jenkins, Producer


KOTV: OU vs. Ole Miss: The Fight for Independence

KOTV Sports Staff


KUSA: Broncos Tonight

       John Kuhrt, Photojournalist/Producer

         Brian Olson, Photojournalist/Producer

David Hunt, Producer

Jason Hirsch, Graphic Artist




Category 23

Sports Reporting


KCNC: The Toughest Tiger

       Marcia Neville Burke, Reporter

Jack Creamer, Photographer/Editor


KUSA: A Legend Retires & The Comeback

Blake Olson, Reporter


KMGH: Victory for the Soul

Sean McLaughlin, Reporter

Perry Drake, Photojournalist


KUSA: Fast Pitch Week

Leanne Gregg, Reporter




Category 24

Sports Anchor


KDFW: Sports Anchor

Chris Yates, Sports Anchor


KXAS: Christmas Eve 1999

Scott Murray, Sports Anchor




Category 25

Sports Videography


WFAA: To Hell and Back

Douglas Burgess, Photojournalist


KUSA: Brad Houston’s Sports Videography Composite

       Brad Houston, Photojournalist


WFAA: The Landry Legacy

Arnold M. Payne III, Photojournalist






Category 26

Sports Editing


KUSA: Brad Houston’s Sports Editing Composite     

Brad Houston, Photojournalist/Editor


KMGH: Ski Season/Stock Show

Brian Weister, Editor




Category 27

Special Engineering Achievement


KCNC: 2000 Boulder Boulder

         Paul Deeth: Microwave Engineer in Charge

Mike Silva, Helicopter Pilot

         David Gregg, Photographer

         Kimo Quaintance, Microwave Technician


William Merrill Lighting Associates/KXAS-TV:

DSO Christmas Celebration KXAS-TV

         William Merrill, Lighting

Libby Altwegg, Lighting

Tad Daniell, Lighting

Bink Williams, Video Control


KXAS-TV/Muscular Dystrophy Association:

Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon – Dallas, Texas

       Libby Altwegg, Lighting

William Merrill, Lighting

Tad Daniell, Lighting

Thomas Klumb, Lighting




Category 28

Graphic Design – News


KUSA: Moving Toward an Emmy

Jason Hirsch, Electronic Graphic Artist

KUSA: Pieces and Parts to Form Moving Arts          

Johanna Parker, Art Director


    KTUL: Newschannel 8 Graphics

       Larry Nitz, Creative Services Director

Monte Toon, Art Director

Darold Oniwa, Designer

Robert Sacco, Designer




Category 29

Graphic Design – Non-news


WFAA: High School Football Report

Benjamin Day, Art Direction

Hothaus Design, Design


Starz! Encore Group: ’99 Montage

Suzanne Heintz, On-Air Designer


Starz! Encore Group: Graphic Design Composite

David Kammerzell, On-Air Designer




Category 30

Set Design


KWGN: WB2 News Set

Gretchen McArthur, Art Director

Holland Wilde, Pencilogic Design


Devlin Design Group, Inc.: KTUL-TV News Set

Dan Devlin, Devlin Design Group




Category 31

Public Service Announcement – Single Announcement   


WFAA: Wednesday’s Child

       Raymond Martin, Producer

         Todd Reid, Editor


Colorado Production Group: Alfred Williams Helmet Safety

       Jeanne Kopeck, Director

         George Olson, Producer

         Walter Padgett, Editor


Plano Television Network: Go Right, PSA #5

Kurt Ugland, Producer/Director


Plano Television Network: Suzie

Rebecca Hollingshead, Producer


KERA: First Impression Awareness Spot (Babies)              Sharon Philippart, Dir. Corporate Comm.and Design

Linda Stogner, Producer/Writer

Jennifer Aten, Producer/Writer

         Charlla Feller Davis, Graphics Designer

Category 32

Public Service Announcements – Campaigns


KERA: First Impressions Campaign

       Sharon Philippart, Dir. Corporate Comm. And Design

         Linda Stogner, Producer/Writer

Jennifer Aten, Producer/Writer

         Charlla Feller Davis, Graphic Design

KUSA: 9Healthfair

Robert Springer, Writer/Producer

David Reeve, Writer/Producer

Andy Schaeffer, Photographer


Fox Sports Net Rocky Mountain:

       Colorado Special Olympics – 30 Years of Heroes

       Michael Dimond, Executive Producer

              Clay Pahlau, Producer/Director


         Denver Center Media – DCPA:

         Denver Center Theatre Company: 20th Season           Steven Delano, Director

Tom Szentgyorgyi, Writer

Dave Krahling, Editing/Compositing

Heather Fitzgerald, Producer


KMGH: 7Sloutions: Children’s Hour

         Mark D. Petersen, Producer/Writer/Editor

   Sean Houston, Producer/Writer/Editor

  Mark Montour Larson, Art Direction

Category 33

Promotion – News Spot Announcement 24 Hour


KUSA: Urban Legends

         Andy Schaeffer, Producer/Photographer


KUSA: Stadium Virtual Tour

Robert Springer, Writer/Producer


WFAA: Cuss Control

Cathy Helean, Writer/Producer




Category 34

Promotion – News Spot Announcement/No Limit


   KMGH: 7News: Eating Disorder Campaign

       Sean D. Houston, Creative Producer/Editor


KMGH: 7News: The Reason to Watch (Eye)

Sean D. Houston, Producer/Writer

Mark D. Petersen, Producer

Mark Montour Larson, Art Direction

John Brisnehan, Editor/Effects


KDFW: FOX 4 News Internet Week

       Aaron Caughran, Director of Photography

Jeff Fuller, Graphic Designer

         Valerie Carrillo, Writer/Producer

WFAA: Bio Foods – Tease

Cathy Helean, Writer/Producer



Category 35

Promotion – Spot Announcement/Non-news


Colorado Production Group: TLLC, Inside the Inferno – Fire

         Jeanne Kopeck, Director

Anne Fox, Executive Producer

Murphy Gilson, Producer

Jim Brisnehan, Art Director


Starz! Encore Group: Encore Beyond: The Omen Trilogy    

U. Porter Brown, Producer

         Michael Salvatore, Designer

KSTR 49/USA Broadcasting: Get Your Game On               Rafael Oller, Director of Special Projects

Chris Sloan, SVP of Promos.

Jason Ocasio, Graphic Designer

Katai Tang , Graphic Designer

Starz! Encore Group: Starz! Halloween ’99

Paul Weber, Producer

Jared Wheelock, Producer

         Suzanne Heintz, Art Director



Category 36

Promotion – Station Image


KSTR 49/USA   KSTR-TV: Branding Campaign         Manny Gonzalez, Creative/Design Director

Rafael Oller, Creative/Production Director

Chris Sloan, Creative Director

Colorado Production Group: International Channel – Phase I

         Jeanne Kopeck, Director

         John Brisnehan, Animation Director


Colorado Production Group: International Channel – Phase II

Jeanne Kopeck, Director

Anne Fox, Producer

John Brisnehan, Animation Director



Category 37

Promotion Campaign/News


KTVT: KTVT Image Campaign

       Venus Whele, Executive Producer


KUSA: 6am News People

Paul Miller, Producer

         Andy Schaeffer, Photographer             


WFAA: News 8 2000

       Stan Melton, Jr., Executive Producer

Verdell Christophersen, Director

Raymond Martin, Producer  




Category 38

Promotion Campaign/Non-news


KTVT: KTVT Cowboys

Venus Wehle, Executive Producer


KSTR 49/USA Broadcasting:

 Andy Griffith Show Classic Campaign

       Fernando Rivero, Producer

Manny Gonzalez, Design Director

Katai Tang, Designer

Chris Sloan, Creative Director



Jerry Cadigan, Editor

Ronda Gibbons, Writer/Producer  




Category 39

Anchor – News


KMGH: Los Alamos Fires

Mitch Jelniker, Anchor


Crash of 1420   

Cameron Harper, Anchor


KUSA: Jim Benemann

Jim Benemann, Anchor




Category 40

Anchor – Weather


KUSA: Mike Nelson – Meteorologist

Mike Nelson, Meteorologist


KUSA: Kathy Sabine – Meteorologist

Kathy Sabine, Meteorologist



Category 41



KUSA: The Old Printing Press

Gary Shapiro, Writer


KCNC: Banned Books

Greg Moody, Reporter



Category 42



KWGN: WB2news@nine

Debra Luthye, Director

KTVT: Season of Speed

Patricia Hartin, Director


KUSA: Parade of Lights

Asa Darrow, Director




Category 43

Direction – Tape/Film


WDAY: Return to Vietnam: Healing on the Hill

Lon Keller, Director/Editor


KMGH: Lasting Impressions

Michael Watson, Director


KFOR: Remember When

Randy L. Williams, Director



Category 44

Technical Director


KTVT: The Score

Seth Thomas, Technical Director


KTVT: Texas Primary Night

Seth Thomas, Technical Director




Category 45

Editing – News


WFAA: Lee / Peacock Feud

David Carter, Photographer/Editor


KUSA: Brad Houston’s News Editing Composite        

Brad Houston, Editor


WFAA: Burgess Composite

Douglas Burgess, Photojournalist


KMGH: Telling Stories

Brian Weister, Editor




Category 46

Editing – Non-news


KMGH: 7News Yearender 1999

Mark D. Petersen, Producer/Editor


KDFW: 4Reel2

         Chris L. Ivey, Writer/Producer/Editor


KUSA: Ocean Journey – Sumatran Tigers

Brad Houston, Editor


KUSA: The Printing Press

John Kuhrt, Editor




Category 47

Editing – Post-Production/On-line Editor


KDFW: Post Pieces ’99-’00 Composite

Stephen Daniels, Post Production/Sr. Designer


KUSA: Brad Houston’s Composite

         Brad Houston, Post Production On-Line Editor


KUSA: John Kuhrt Sports Opens

John Kuhrt, Editor




Category 48



KMGH: Ultimate Taxi

Tim Jensen, Photojournalist


KMGH: A Wild Ride

Jennifer A. Ross, Photojournalist


KMGH: Ski Season

Brian Weister, Editor


KUSA: Goths

                         Brad Houston, Photojournalist/Editor




Category 49



KUSA: Goths

Brad Houston, Photojournalist


KMGH: Ultimate Taxi

Tim Jensen, Photojournalist



Category 50

Talent – Hosting, Interviewer, Moderator


KCNC: SHOW – Brewery

Greg Moody, Host


KCNC: Colorado Sportswomen

Marcia Neville, Host


KCNC: SHOW – Butterfly Pavilion

Greg Moody, Host




Category 51

Talent – Acting, Performing, Announcing


Brenmary Productions: Colorado’s Historic Carousels

Chuck Benson, Narrator


KMGH: Tom Green: Monday Night Live

Tom Green, Talent




Category 52

Videography – News


KUSA: Brad Houston’s News Videography Composite

Brad Houston, Photojournalist


KUSA: Composite: Sean Olson

Sean Olson, Photojournalist


KUSA: Davis Composite

Lou Davis, Photojournalist


KCNC: Embracing a Dream – The Legacy of Oumar Dia

Bill Masure, Photojournalist




Category 53

Videography – Non-news


Rocky Mountain PBS: Spirit of Colorado: Back in the Saddle

       Lisa D. Olken, Producer/Photographer


Rocky Mountain PBS: Spirit of Colorado:

Snow Sculpture/Silverton   

Scott J. VanOrdstrand, Photographer


KCNC: Embracing a Dream – The Legacy of Oumar Dia

Bill Masure, Photojournalist




Category 54



DeSciose Productions: American Red Cross – We’ll be There

Nicholas DeSciose, DeSciose Productions


KDFW: New Texas Rangers Station

Aaron Caughran, Director of Photography


WFAA: News 8 2000

Raymond Martin, Producer/Director



Category 55

Writing – News


KUSA: Camp to Belong

                             Heidi Collins, Reporter


WFAA: Doug Fox Stories

Doug Fox, Senior Reporter


KTVT: Texas Doctors in Turkey

Jay Gormley, Reporter/Writer


KWGN: Pet Acupuncture

Jann Tracey, Reporter




Category 56

Writing – Non-news


WDAY: Return to Vietnam: Healing on the Hill         Kevin Wallevand, Reporter/Producer


KDAF: Under the Knife

Bob Dickinson, Writer/Producer

The Remote Productions: The Invisible World: Bridge Makers

       Timothy Testa, Writer/Producer/Host


KDAF: Trendy Tuesday

Bob Dickinson, Writer/Producer




Category 57

Journalistic Enterprise


KUSA: Paula Woodward – Reporter

Paula Woodward, Reporter


KDFW: Profiles in Courage

John Hammarley, FOX 4 News


KDFW: Becky Oliver Investigates

Becky Oliver, Investigative Reporter


WFAA: America’s Team Turns 40 & The Landry Legacy

Tony Martinez, Writer/Producer/Reporter


KMGH: Baby Allie

Sean McLaughlin, Reporter




Category 58

Student Achievement


Schools will be notified by the President of the Heartland Chapter by September 13, 2000