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Emmy award given to an Indian for outstanding coverage of anticipated news story

25-April-2005
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Emmy award given to an Indian for outstanding coverage of anticipated news story

After a six-year stint with a television programme called "Eye on Asia" to mainstream media in the US, for Shashi Sharma this has been a journey worth pursuing. Rightfully so, the effort has fructified with Sharma bagging the prestigious Emmy for outstanding coverage of an anticipated news story, Joel Steinberg Prison Release, at 48th Annual New York Emmy Awards gala at the Waldorf Astoria.

The team comprised Mary Murphy, the reporter, Noreen Lark, the producer and Sharma, who caught everything on the camera. Sharma works for the Tribune Broadcasting's WPIX Channel 11 (The WB11), the New York affiliate of the WB Television Network.

On the journey that led to the Emmy, he said, "I was born in Mumbai and moved to US when I turned 23. I started working for an Indian TV show called 'Eye on Asia.' Six years later, I decided to move on to the mainstream media in the US and found work at a freelance news service 'V&P News Services.' I spent about eight years chasing breaking news stories. While I was at V&P, WABC '20-20' featured me as part of their special features for sweeps."

This led Sharma to find more challenging tasks. Following which he joined WB11 News in May 2002. Asked on the nature of assignments he used to follow, Sharma said, "My assignments vary from week to week and includes shooting news packages, feature packages, edit 'crash and burn' packages to air, operate microwave and satellite trucks."

Sharma received the Emmy on April 3 at the Waldrof Astoria Hotel in New York. Asked on how he felt while receiving the prestigious Emmy, he said, "I can't begin to tell you how proud it makes me feel to represent my country and our people."

In fact, WB11 was honoured with eight Emmys by the New York Television Academy at the event. WPIX pulled off the rare coup of winning Emmys for both its morning and evening news programs in both hotly contested categories. The WB11 Morning News (weekdays 5 am to 9 am) won for its August 31, 2004 broadcast. The WB11 News at Ten was honoured for its "9/11 Day of Tribute" broadcast, a September 11, 2003 retrospective of the terrorist attack on the United States two years earlier.

WPIX's Mary Murphy won the first Emmy of the evening, the first of two she would win. Her colleague on "Fact Finders" and on the anchor desk for WPIX's weekend news, Peter Thorne, won for "Outstanding Single Hard News Story". Murphy's two Emmys came in the categories "Outstanding Coverage of an Anticipated News Story," which she bagged with Sharma and "Outstanding Societal Concerns Programming". Their executive producer, Noreen Lark, who oversees both "Fact Finders" and the weekend news programmes, also shared the "Anticipated News Story" Emmy. "WB11 News at Ten" correspondent Alyssa Coleman won an Emmy the first time she was nominated. Coleman won for "Outstanding Health/Science Programming".

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