WZZM's Emmy Award Winners

On Saturday, June 14, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Michigan Chapter held its 36th Emmy Gala at the Motor City Casino in Detroit.

WZZM wins 10 Michigan Emmy Awards

Read and watch the winners here

On Saturday, June 14, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Michigan Chapter held its 36th Emmy Gala at the Motor City Casino in Detroit. The Michigan EMMY represents the "most experienced and talented television professionals from all disciplines of the industry and from all of Michigan's 11 television markets."

WZZM was honored with 18 Emmy nominations and walked away that night with 10 awards. They are:

Politics/Government - Obamacare Checkup - Josh Aldredge, Val Lego

Editor - News -- Photojournalist Andy Sugden

Feature News Report - Serious Feature -- Brent Ashcroft for Deanie's Room

Societal Concerns - News Feature - Hannah Saunders and Photojournalist Ken Ritz for Flying a Sign

Environment - Sarah Sell and Andy Sugden for Fracking 101

On-camera talent - Reporter - Medical -- Val Lego

Health/Science - News Feature -- Val Lego for Red Dye 40

On-camera talent - Reporter - General-Assignment -- Sarah Barwacz (now working in Milwaukee)

Feature News Report - Light Feature -- Brent Ashcroft and Andy Sugden for The Real Gem.

Writer - News -- Brent Ashcroft

You can watch and read the winners on the following pages.

Deanie's Room

by Brent Ashcroft

Brent Ashcroft has been following the story of Deanie Peters for years. In February, Brent traveled to Prescott, Arizona to meet with Deanie's parents for a rare interview and a rare look at the room that they have re-created to look the same as it was on the day when Deanie disappeared - February 5, 1981.

STORY: http://on.wzzm.com/Tb3SPq

Deanie Peters' parents share their pain after 32 years

Flying a Sign

by Hannah Saunders

Panhandling has raised a lot of questions around West Michigan, with the biggest one being, "Are these people really homeless?" Hannah Saunders and Ken Ritz staked out several corners in the Grand Rapids area in July and found the the true stories behind some of them. The story has also resulted in area communities looking at ordinances that look to balance the rights to free speech and the desires for citizens to not be harassed. It also resulted in one family connecting with a family member for the last time.

STORY: http://bit.ly/1uGKc1C

Are local panhandlers really homeless?

Fracking 101

by Sarah Sell

Another topic making noise in area communities - above and below ground - is fracking, or the process of "hydraulic fracturing" to extract natural gas from the ground. The process, which has become much more larger in scale in recent years, is seen as an economic boost to some, and an environmental nightmare to others.

In February, Sarah Sell and Andy Sugden went to western Pennsylvania where fracking is booming and then asked the question, "Is this good or bad for Michigan?"

The University of Michigan and other townships and counties are continuing to look at the process.

STORY: http://on.wzzm.com/1uGTbjr

Fracking: Good or bad for Michigan?

Red Dye #40

by Valerie Lego

More than five million children in this country are diagnosed with ADHD, but how many of them truly are? Could some of those children be eating something that only makes them appear to have the condition?

Research suggested a link between children who are hyperactive and appear to have ADHD and red dye #40, a food coloring in hundreds of foods.

WZZM 13 Health Reporter Valerie Lego took a look at how red dye #40 is affecting our children.

Red Dye 40 and ADHD

The Real Gem

by Brent Ashcroft

When spring high school sports wrapped up in 2013, Ralph Burr wrapped up his 50th year of umpiring softball and baseball games. For the last 20 years, his daughter Jackie has also joined him. His son Jeff also has officiated games over the past 36 years.

Brent Ashcroft profiled the family in July.

STORY: http://on.wzzm.com/1w3fXo6

Umpiring softball & baseball is a family affair

Chapters
Chapter 1
WZZM honored with 10 Emmys
Chapter 2
Deanie's Room
Chapter 3
Flying a Sign
Chapter 4
Fracking 101
Chapter 5
Red Dye #40
Chapter 6
The Real Gem
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WZZM's Emmy Award Winners

On Saturday, June 14, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Michigan Chapter held its 36th Emmy Gala at the Motor City Casino in