Mon, September 25, 2006 by John Butte

An historic program on WEWS, Academic Challenge, was recently awarded 2 EMMYs from The Cleveland Regional Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).  This was the 2nd consecutive year that the show earned an EMMY Award in the category of “Children / Youth Programs – Regularly Scheduled”, and the 4th EMMY the show has earned in the past 3 years.

  • “Children/Youth Programs - Regularly Scheduled”
    • Academic Challenge
      • Phyllis Sossi - Producer
      • Steve Kurrent - Producer


  • “Crafts: Director - Non News”
    • Academic Challenge
      • Steve Kurrent - Director

The quality of NewsChannel 5’s promotion/production was also recognized when an EMMY was awarded to the station for “Station Promotion – Single Spot.”

  • “Station Promotion - Single Spot”
    • 5 On Your Side Investigative Image
      • Dan Coyle - Creative Services Director
      • James Sweet - Producer
      • Todd Kleckner - Editor

Meanwhile, NewsChannel 5’s News Department earned several honors from The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).  The 2006 Ohio SPJ Awards show will be held on September 30th in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

  • “Best Criminal Justice Reporting” - Duane Pohlman
    • First Place: Justice Denied: Rape Kits Sit Unprocessed by Police


  • “Best Consumer Reporting” - Angie Lau
    • First Place: Angie's Consumer Blog and Foul Food


  • “Best Coverage of Government” - Duane Pohlman
    • Second Place: Auditing the Auditors: Tax Breaks Given to CEOs


In addition, the Ohio School Board Association honored NewsChannel 5 with a special award.  Deb Lee, NewsChannel 5's education reporter for more than a decade, earned the Ohio School Board Association’s Media Honor Roll Award for 2006.  The award reflects her exceptional work not only covering education stories, but working with school systems as well.