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Hawaii News Now honored with three Emmy Awards

SAN FRANCISCO (HawaiiNewsNow) – Hawaii Now has been honored with three Emmy Awards by the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) on Saturday – including one of the night's top awards for News Excellence.

The Emmy Awards honors outstanding achievement in all fields of television production.

  • News Excellence: Hawaii News Now was recognized for excellence in overall news operations. Hawaii News Now was the only Hawaii news organization to be nominated for this award and beat out top stations in Northern California to win the honor.
  • Craft Achievement: Graphic Arts-News Graphics and Animation: Hawaii Now Art Director Christopher Drew received an EMMY® for his extraordinary composite of work throughout 2009.
  • Best Live Directing: "Lantern Floating Hawaii 2009" director Kenichi "Kenny" Koarashi picked up the EMMY for his direction of the live special, which aired on KGMB on Memorial Day 2009. The event was broadcast live from Ala Moana Beach Park and was produced by Shinnyo-En.

KGMB/KHNL General Manager Rick Blangiardi attended Saturday's awards presentation in San Francisco to receive the awards. "I was honored to represent the men and women of Hawaii Now at the EMMY Awards," he said.

"When you think in terms of what we are putting on the air for the people of Hawaii, this is truly a great validation of our professionalism, creativity and commitment to excellence."

In addition to its three wins, Hawaii Now was also nominated in six other categories for a total of nine nominations – more than any other local television news organization in the market.

The NATAS San Francisco/Northern California chapter is comprised of broadcast and cable television stations in Northern California, Hawaii and Reno, Nevada.

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