KCBS nabs 7 awards at Los Angeles Emmys

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - KCBS picked up seven trophies to lead the pack of winners at the 59th annual Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards.

Four of the CBS-owned station’s awards were shared with sister station KCAL, which individually earned one additional Emmy.

Other top winners at the ceremony, which took place Saturday (August 25) at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood, were PBS affiliate KCET and NBC-owned-and-operated KNBC, which received six Emmys apiece.

Fox-owned KTTV, which led the nominees going in with 17 mentions, nabbed two awards.

KCBS won in two categories for regularly scheduled daily news: 35-minute-and-under newscast and daytime newscast. Tribune-owned KTLA won for newscast over 35 minutes.

The KCBS/KCAL news team took the Emmy for live coverage of an unscheduled news event with “The Esperanza Fire,” while KCBS/KCAL reporter Lisa Joyner and producer Kimberly McWatt won the news feature reporting category.

Meanwhile, KNBC reporter Joel Grover and producer Matt Goldberg won the Emmy for hard news reporting, while the sports reporting Emmy went to reporter Curt Sandoval and producers Dae Ho Suk and Jeff MacIntyre of ABC-owned KABC.

Armando Acevedo of Univision affiliate KMEX was named outstanding news director.

KCET’s wins included an Emmy in the crime/social issues category for “California Connected,” which was canceled this year because of funding issues. The segment that won was titled “War Stories From Ward 7-D” from producer Jonathan Dann, reporter-producer Lisa McRee and executive producer Bret Marcus.

Among KTTV’s wins were the Emmy for news special for “Forgotten Footprints: The Hunted Children of Uganda,” from producer-hosts Cristy Fajardo and Elizabeth Espinosa.

The Los Angeles Area Governors Award was presented to Telemundo station KVEA’s “Mejorando Su Vida” (Improving Your Life), part of the station’s morning, evening and late-night newscasts.

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