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Cronkite Students Win Big at Rocky Mountain Emmys

October 12, 2016

Arizona State University students at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication took home more Student Production Awards than any other school at the annual Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards Gala last week.

Cronkite students won nine Student Production Awards, including best newscast for Cronkite News from the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Students bested the field, winning nearly half of the 20 Student Production Awards presented at gala on Oct. 8 at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale.

Cronkite alumna Yahaira Jacquez won three Student Production Awards for her work on Cronkite News, the student-produced news division of Arizona PBS. Jacquez won two Student Production Awards for News: General Assignment and another in the Editor category.

Katie Bieri won a Student Production Award in Public Affairs/Community Service for a Cronkite News story on a ruling by the Mexican Supreme Court involving marijuana. Bieri, who traveled with Cronkite Southwest Borderlands Initiative Professor Angela Kocherga to Mexico for the story, said the experience was invaluable.

“I’m really grateful to have a professor like Angela Kocherga, who guided me through the whole process in covering borderlands issues,” said Bieri, who also had previously received a scholarship from NATAS. “My successes are because of the connections I have made at Cronkite.”

In the 2016 contest, Cronkite students received 24 Student Production Award nominations, the most of any school in the contest.

The Student Production Awards annually represent the best in collegiate and high school journalism. The Cronkite School regularly leads contest. Since 2009, the Cronkite School has won 35 Emmys.

“We are extremely proud of our outstanding students who won and were nominated for Student Production Awards,” said Cronkite School Dean Christopher Callahan. “Their reporting has made a significant impact in Arizona and beyond.

NATAS is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. The Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter, formed in 1959, represents Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and El Centro, Calif.

Rocky Mountain Student Production Award Winners

Newscast
Windsor Smith, Nicole Fox, Jennifer Soules, Emily Antuna and Madison Romine
Election Special: March 22, 2016,” Cronkite News

News: General Assignment
Yahaira Jacquez
Food Waste Problem Along US-Mexico Border Sees Progress,” Cronkite News

Ben Margiott
LEGO KidsFest Invades Glendale,” Cronkite News

Yahaira Jacquez
Navajo Family Without Water and Their Daughter,” Cronkite News

Long Form: Fiction/Non-Fiction
Zackary Moran
“El Otro Lado: The Divide Over Arizona's Border Crisis”

Jerod MacDonald-Evoy and Rashinda Bankhead
Stingray,” documentary

Public Affairs/Community Service
Katie Bieri
Mexico Opening the Door to Legalization of Marijuana,” Cronkite News

Editor
Yahaira Jacquez
West Phoenix Music Teacher Making a Difference,” Cronkite News

Talent
Megan Thompson
Anchor Reel

Rocky Mountain Student Production Award Nominees

Newscast
Windsor Smith and Madison Romine
Newscast: Feb. 17, 2016,” Cronkite News

Katy Burge
“Newscast,” Cronkite News

News: General Assignment
Jacob Garcia
Donald Trump’s Arizona Rally Showcases His Polarizing Nature,” Cronkite News

Megan Thompson
Many Who Have Died Crossing Arizona’s Border Remain Unidentified,” Cronkite News

Megan Thompson
Phoenix Parking Meter Changes Ease City's Financial Woes,” Cronkite News

Ross Leviton
TC Chillemi: Keep on Keepin On

Yeowon Kim, Suzanne Jumper and Johnathan Rugg
Tres Rios – A Constructed Wetland

Long Form: Fiction/Non-Faction
Langston Fields, Cassie Ronda, Mindy Riesenberg, Rajneesh Bhandari, Nadia Mouelhi, Omar Hassan, and Glaiza Boccelli
Camels Don’t Fly, Deserts Don't Bloom

Alicia Gonzales, Sierra LaDuke and Graham Bosch
The Blake Project

Jackie Cotton, Jennifer Soules and Angela Schuster
Unzipped: Naming Arizona's Nameless

Sports
Jacob Garcia
Building for the Future: Garvin Alston Jr. Quietly Developing for ASU,” Cronkite News

Jacob Garcia
Tommy Puzey: Marathon Winner Second, Family Man First,” Cronkite News

Public Affairs/Community Service
Lillian Donahue
“Collegiate Tree Planting Challenge”

Editor
Katie Bieri
Congress Has Gone to the Dogs,” Cronkite News

Talent
Jacob Garcia
Anchor Reel