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WKAR and J-School Faculty Win Regional EMMY® Awards

Rob and Tim with emmys
(l-r) Tim Zeko and Rob Stephenson

WKAR Public Media staff, associates, and their colleagues in the School of Journalism at Michigan State University were honored with five wins at the 2017 Regional Emmy® Awards on Saturday, June 10, at the MotorCity Casino in Detroit.

WKAR and the School of Journalism are both part of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences (ComArtSci) at MSU.

Two original productions from WKAR, "Curious Crew" and "Evening with the Governor," brought in three Emmy® awards.

The Emmy® in the category Children/Youth/Teens - Program/Special was awarded to Tim Zeko, executive producer, and Rob Stephenson, host and writer, for the "Curious Crew" episode, "Wheels and Axles." The award in the category Talent - Program Host/Moderator went to Rob Stephenson for "Curious Crew."

The award in the category Interview/Discussion went to Tim Skubick, producer and host, for "Evening with the Governor."

Faculty in the School of Journalism picked up two Emmy® awards.

The Emmy® in the category Video Journalist was awarded to Mike Castellucci for "Steam Medicine." The award in category Human Interest - Program/Special went to Troy Hale and Geri Zeldes for "https://vimeo.com/174594547">Run, Jump, Paddle."

Michigan State University Athletics Spartan Vision productions won an additional four Emmy® awards, bringing the MSU total to nine.

Awards for Sports - Program Feature/Segment and for Sports - Daily or Weekly Program went to Justin Garant for "Spartan Hockey All-Access 'An Answered Call.'" Nicholas Baker also won two Emmys: Sports - Program Series for "Spartan Basketball All-Access: Armed Forces Classic" and Editor - Sports for "2016 Spartan Vision Reel."

Curious Crew’s fourth season (currently in production) is set to debut on WKAR-TV in late 2017 or early 2018. The show is supported in part by Fifth Third Bank, TechSmith, Capital Area District Library, LAFCU and The John E. Fetzer Institute Fund of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation. Like most WKAR originals, all Curious Crew episodes are available for viewing at video.wkar.org and on many TV streaming devices.

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