CAS Faculty and WKAR Earn Michigan Emmy Awards

Posted on: June 20, 2014

zeldes-emmy-speech-wpFaculty and staff members from the College of Communication Arts and Sciences and WKAR took home two Emmy Awards for outstanding achievement in television presented by the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

An Emmy for Best Documentary in the Cultural Documentary category for "Imported from China" went to Associate Professor of Journalism Geri Alumit Zeldes and Specialist Troy Hale, who has a joint appointment in the School of Journalism and Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media.

Also winning an Emmy for Best Special Events Coverage (other than News or Sports) was Executive Producer Tim Zeko and Television Station Manager Susi Elkins for WKAR's broadcast of "The 29th Annual Silver Bells in the City."

Representing the most experienced and talented film and television professionals from all disciplines of the industry, the Emmy awards were presented at the 36th annual Michigan Emmy Gala June 14 at the MotorCity Sound Board Theater in Detroit.

"Imported from China"

zeldes-emmy-f"Imported from China," a half-hour documentary, follows several students from China as they navigate college life at MSU and in the United States.

"The film documents a huge change in our campus ecosystem, and it tries to tell a parable about differences and similarities between people and countries," said Zeldes, who co-directed the film with Hale. "Winning an Emmy will hopefully encourage others to watch the film and to talk about how campuses are evolving."

According to the 2012/2013 Open Doors Report, China sent 235,597 students to study in the United States last year, making it the leading country sending its students abroad. This was an increase of 21 percent from the previous year.

"We recognized there was a shift taking place in the population of university students around the United States," Hale said. "Universities are becoming more and more diverse with international students. Leading this trend, is a huge influx of students from China.

troy-hales-watch-emmy"The film has proven to be successful at addressing this issue. It has been screened more than 25 times at universities around the country, including Princeton, NYU, Purdue, Kansas State, University of Kansas, University of Alabama, University of Montana, Indiana University, University of Illinois, Michigan State University, and many others."

Working on the documentary with Zeldes and Hale was a team of Media Sandbox students. Zeldes picked up the Emmy at the gala while Hale, who currently is teaching the Mass Media study abroad program, dressed up in a suit and watched the ceremony via a video link from London, England.

"The 29th Annual Silver Bells in the City"

Silver Bells in the CityMore than 34,000 households tuned into WKAR and FOX 47 to watch the 29th Annual Silver Bells in the City broadcast Nov. 22, which included the electric light parade, lighting of the state Christmas tree, and fireworks over the State Capitol. The event brought together thousands of families and friends from all over Michigan to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season.

The live broadcast of Silver Bells in the City was a unique public-private collaboration between WKAR, FOX 47 and the Lansing Public Media Center of the City of Lansing.

"We're pleased and proud that the terrific work of our production partners, our WKAR staff and our CAS student employees has been recognized for excellence by the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. This production was a true team effort," said Zeko, who led the TV/production crew.

The program was hosted by Elkins, Bob Hoffman, Public Relations Manager for the Wharton Center, and Mark Buzzitta, Producer/Host of Saturday Night with Mark B on 89.7 FM WLNZ.

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