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(Grand Rapids, MI)- WZZM 13, the Gannett owned ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids, MI took home ten (10) Michigan EMMY Awards in Detroit on Saturday, June 15th 2013. More than any other station in the state!

Director of Photography Andy Sugden is on the receiving end of five (5) Emmy's for a variety of news, feature and editing honors. Longtime WZZM 13 Reporter/Anchor Brent Ashcroft got four (4) nods for his work on three reports alongside Sugden including an Education/Schools category story called "This is CNN" about a fifth grade broadcast journalism class in Caledonia, Mich.


Ashcroft also placed for a Serious Feature story titled "Art as a Tool of Justice".

Health Reporter Valerie Lego scored two EMMY'S for Best Medical Reporter and Best Program/Special for a story titled "Tainted Michigan", produced by Josh Aldredge.

Veteran Newsman Peter Ross also won an EMMY for a story titled, "To Succeed, Dodge". This fun and fast paced story is about after hours corporate networking on the dodgeball court.


Sarah Sell received an EMMY for a Business/Consumer story titled "Michigan Spirits".

"This is not just about the names on the trophies. Every single person in the station contributes to our ability as an organization to tell great stories" said WZZM 13 News Director, Stanton Tang.

Complete list of WZZM 13's EMMY Wins

• Education/Schools: "This is CNN" Brent Ashcroft/Andy Sugden
• Feature News Report/Light Feature: "To Succeed ... Dodge!" Peter Ross/Andy Sugden
• On Camera Talent Reporter/Medical: Valerie Lego
• Business/Consumer: "Michigan Sprits" Sarah Sell
• Sports News Feature: (Tie) "One Year Later" Brent Ashcroft
• Photographer/News: Andy Sugden
• Societal Concerns Program/Special: "Tainted Michigan" Valerie Lego, Josh Aldredge and Andy Konkle.
• Feature News Report/Serious Feature: "Art as a Tool of Justice" Brent Ashcroft
• Historical/Cultural News: "#2501" Brent Ashcroft and Andy Sugden
• News: Andy Sugden

WZZM 13 also wins four (4) Associated Press Awards

WZZM 13 did very well earlier this month with four (4) first place wins at the annual Michigan Associated Press Awards Ceremony in Lansing, Saturday, June 1st.

Our Chief Meteorologist George Lessens won "Best Weathercast" and Veteran Senior Reporter Peter Ross wins "Best Natural Sound" for a piece he wrote with Director of Photography Andy Sugden titled "Dodge Ball".

Sugden is also a winner in the "Best Feature" category for a story written by long time WZZM 13 Reporter, Brent Ashcroft titled "This is CNN" about a fifth grade broadcast journalism class in Caledonia, Mich.

Both "Dodge Ball" and "This is CNN" won regional Edward R. Murrow's this year as well.

WZZM'S Sarah Barwacz won two second place spots, first for Enterprize/Investigative Reporting and again for a "Voting Fraud" story in the Individual Reporting category.

WZZM 13's Sports Director Tom Clyde also won a second place Associated Press honor for best Sportscast.

WZZM 13 President and General Manager Janet Mason says, "I am very proud of our News team for all of their hard work and wonderful storytelling abilities".

WZZM 13's parent company, Gannett did very well in the print awards arena statewide;

• Division 1 Newspaper General Excellence - The Livingston Daily News
• Division 2 Newspaper General Excellence - The Lansing State Journal
• Division 3 Newspaper General Excellence - The Detroit Free Press

"Gannett swept all three newspaper divisions for General Excellence which is a very big win for our company." said WZZM 13 President and General Manager, Janet Mason.

For more information please go to www.wzzm13.com or contact Pamela Rankin, Marketing Manager at:
(616) 559-1480 or email prankin@wzzm13.com.

Gannett broadcast stations are: W*USA, Washington, DC; WXIA, Atlanta; WTSP, Tampa-St. Petersburg; KARE, Minneapolis; WKYC, Cleveland; KPNX, Phoenix, KNAZ, Flagstaff and KMOH, Kingman; K*USA, Denver; KTVD, Denver; KXTV, Sacramento; KSDK, St. Louis; WZZM, Grand Rapids, MI; WGRZ, Buffalo, NY; WFMY, Greensboro, NC; WTLV and WJXX, Jacksonville, FL; KTHV, Little Rock; WBIR, Knoxville, TN; WCSH, Portland, ME; WLTX, Columbia, SC; WMAZ, Macon, GA; & WLBZ, Bangor, ME.

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