KTUU Wins Top Honor for Overall Excellence at Regional Emmy Awards
Recognition is year-long review of station and its employees
ANCHORAGE—Channel 2, KTUU-TV was honored with three regional Emmys, including the most prestigious award for Overall Excellence at the NATAS Northwest Regional Emmy Awards in Seattle. The category is a year-long review of the entire station and its contributions to the community.
“We’re in an esteemed group in the northwest – powerful stations in large markets doing great work. It is beyond astonishing that market 147 was awarded this recognition,” KTUU’s Vice President and General Manager, Nancy Johnson said. Nominees included stations serving coverage areas with a higher population than the entire state of Alaska, such as Portland, OR and Seattle.
From news to sports, promotions, operations, engineering and community affairs this Emmy recognition is a symbol of excellence across the board. “The talent and commitment across departments, telling Alaska’s story, 365 days a year, won us this award,” Johnson shared with employees.
Johnson notes KTUU’s mission is to tell Alaska’s story and the NBC affiliate has a record of covering the gamut of news. Johnson says compassion and exemplary story-telling are examples of how Channel 2 demonstrates its ongoing commitment to viewer-focused community coverage.
In 2018, that meant delivering immediate coverage online following the magnitude 7.1 earthquake, and bringing television viewers some of the first aerials of the damage. A KTUU News team embedded with the military in Afghanistan to deliver a series of special reports titled Operation Afghanistan. KTUU traveled to China for a series examining the trade relationships and economic impact between the two regions. The station’s commitment to covering Alaska includes travel throughout the state and a bureau in Juneau during the legislative sessions.
While KTUU broadcasts more than twenty-two hours of news coverage each week, the channel is built on providing a community service. From volunteer work to participating in fundraisers for non-profits, station employees appeared at more than 85 local events last year.
KTUU has been owned by Gray Media Group since 2016.
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