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NBC26 nominated for three Chicago/Midwest Regional Emmy® awards

Posted: 3:41 PM, Sep 25, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-25 18:33:53-04
NBC26 nominated for three Chicago/Midwest Regional Emmy® awards

The news team at NBC26 (WGBA-TV) has been nominated for three prestigious Chicago/Midwest Regional Emmy® awards. 

The NBC26 Today team was nominated for Outstanding Achievement for News Programming - Morning Newscast: Smaller Markets (51+) for team coverage of the historic snowstorm that slammed Northeast Wisconsin earlier this year. 

NBC26 Chief Meteorologist Cameron Moreland has been nominated for Outstanding Crafts Achievement for On-Camera Talent - Weather Anchor.

NBC26 Sports Director Charlie Sokaitis was nominated for Outstanding Crafts Achievement for On-Camera Talent - Sports Anchor/Reporter/Play-by-Play.

"The nominations are for three of the most prestigious awards in our industry," said NBC26 General Manager Joe Antonelli. "I am very proud of our news team for this outstanding achievement. It's a reflection of their dedication to bringing our viewers a high quality newscast. I am thrilled to see them recognized in this way."

The Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences presents the Emmy® awards in our region.

"This is a huge achievement for NBC26. I am so very proud of every person on our news team," said NBC26 News Director Julie Moravchik. "It's wonderful to see them recognized for bringing our viewers the very best in news, sports and weather. The nominations represent hard work, teamwork, dedication, passion and talent."

NBC26 had crews canvass the viewing area in April 2018 to give viewers the most complete coverage of the "Storm of the Century." It was the second largest snowstorm in Green Bay history.

"You will never find a more hard working, selfless crew," said NBC26 Today Anchor Brooke Hafs. "They are always ready to give it their all to produce an amazing newscast when the public needs it the most. The nomination for morning newscast is proof of their dedication to journalism."

"It is an honor to be nominated for this prestigious award," said NBC26 Today Meteorologist Michael Fish. "This particular category nomination consisted of a great group of people working in almost perfect harmony to give our viewers the best possible newscast. We strive to do this daily. Making sure the community is safe and informed from threatening weather is something we pride ourselves on. This was a team effort. I couldn't do any of this without them."

The media markets included in the Chicago/Midwest chapter are:

  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Green Bay-Appleton, Wisconsin
  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • Wausau-Rhinelander, Wisconsin
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Peoria-Bloomington, Illinois
  • Rockford, Illinois
  • South Bend-Elkhart, Indiana

Moreland has spent 22 of his nearly 24 year career at NBC26.

"It's such a thrill to be nominated along with other meteorologists from Milwaukee and Chicago," Moreland said. "Between the tornado outbreak and the storm of the century, it's been quite a year of weather here in Northeast Wisconsin. I love my job and to be nominated for an Emmy for providing our viewers critical weather information when they need it most is why I'm here!"

Sokaitis has been Sports Director at NBC26 for three years.

"I started my career 14 years ago in one of the smallest markets in the nation, Fairbanks, Alaska," Sokaitis said. "To earn the recognition of an Emmy nomination now is incredibly humbling and would not have been possible without the great people in my department and at NBC26 in Green Bay."

NBC26 received two Emmy nominations last year and won the Chicago/Midwest Regional Emmy® award for Outstanding Achievement for News Programming - Evening Newscast: Smaller Markets (51+) for team coverage of the tragic police shootings in Dallas in July 2016.

The winners this year will be announced on November 10th at the 60th Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards Gala.