Emmy Awards

Press Release: NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48 Area de la Bahía Win Top Honors at the 50th Annual Northern California Area Emmy® Awards

SAN JOSE, CA – (June 7, 2021) – The Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded NBC Bay Area / KNTV and Telemundo 48 Area de la Bahía / KSTS a total of 24 Northern California Emmy® Awards during the 50th annual Awards Gala held on Saturday, June 5 during a virtual ceremony.

NBC Bay Area was recognized for Overall Excellence for coverage that helped the Bay Area navigate an historic year.  The station led the English language contest for the second year in a row with a total of 16 Emmy® Awards, many highlighting its innovative digital and investigative work. Six of those awards went to Digital Video Journalist Jonathan Bloom and one for the digital series “Derailed,” an investigation into BART transit system led by Senior Investigative Reporter Bigad Shaban. Additionally, the stations’ dedicated consumer unit “NBC Bay Area Responds” was recognized with two awards for its consumer investigative work.

Telemundo 48 received eight Emmy® Awards, including an award for the station’s coverage of the 2020 CZU Complex Fire and the poor air quality that followed during the pandemic lockdowns. Chief Meteorologist Guillermo Quiroz took home three awards including an award for “La Nueva Era Espacial,” a series about young Mexican students that made history by creating a nanosatellite. The station was also recognized for its political coverage of the 2020 presidential election, “El País Dividido: A la espera de resultados electorales.”

“Being recognized for Overall Excellence is an honor and a testament to how every department displayed innovation and resilience through the historic challenges that 2020 brought,” said Stacy Owen, President and General Manager of NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48. “I am privileged to lead a team at both NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48 that is mission-driven and committed to serving our communities.”  

Below is the full list of wins for NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48 Area de la Bahía:

NBC Bay Area:

  • Overall Excellence/News Excellence: “NBC Bay Area Overall Excellence”

Stacy Owen, President/General Manager; Stephanie Adrouny, Vice President of News 

  • Investigative - Multiple Reports: “DERAILED: Season 2”

Bigad Shaban, Writer; Michael Horn, Photojournalist; Jeremy Carroll, Photojournalist/Editor; Anthony Rutanashoodech, Photojournalist/Editor

  • News Feature – Light Feature (Single Report): “The Painter Behind the Painting”

Joe Rosato, Jr., Video Journalist

  • News Feature – Serious Feature (Single Report): “Building a Legacy”

Robert Campos, Producer; Bigad Shaban, Writer; Jeremy Carroll, Editor

  • Content: “Butterflies in the Sky: The Migrating Mural”

Jonathan Bloom, Video Journalist

  • Business/ Consumer News: “NBC Bay Area Responds”

Christopher Chmura, Reporter; Michael Horn, Photojournalist; Mark Villarreal, Editor

  • Education / Schools News: “Making It Through College: Students Living in Vans and Trucks,”

Jonathan Bloom, Producer

  • Human Interest News or Short Form Content: “Silicon Valley Superhero,”

Jonathan Bloom, Producer

  • Technology News or Short Form Content: “Protecting the Front Line,”

Jonathan Bloom, Producer

  • Sports Story/ Feature: “The Invisible Crowd,”

Jonathan Bloom, Video Journalist

  • Sports Program – Live or Post-Produced: “Riding the Waves”

Christine C. Ni, Stephen Talbot, Producers; Michael Horn, Cinematographer; Alex Bozovic, Photographer

  • Talent-Reporter- Specialty Assignment: “All Platform Advocate”

Christopher Chmura, Consumer Reporter

  • Talent-Reporter- Specialty Assignment: “Investigative Reporter,”

Bigad Shaban, Reporter

  • Editor – News: “Villarreal Composite”

Mark Villarreal, Editor

  • Video Journalist- Single Shift: “Bay Area Proud”

Garvin Thomas, Video Journalist

  • Video Journalist- No Production Time Limit: “Jonathan Bloom Covers Creative Responses to the Bay Area's Housing Crisis”

Jonathan Bloom, Video Journalist

Telemundo 48 Area de la Bahía:

  • Continuing Coverage Spanish: “Incedios, Aire contaminado y Pandemia”

Pedro Andrade, Esmeralda Cisneros, Kathia López-Santos, Reinaldo Ramirez, Producers; Erick Fernandez, Director ; Guillermo Quiroz, Meteorologist; Andres Brender, David Gonzalez, Reporters; Eduardo Vargas, Photographer; Miguel Angel Zarate, APC Operator; Ivan Corona Ramirez, Assignment Editor

  • Environment / Science – Spanish: “La Nueva Era Espacial”

Guillermo Quiroz, Meteorologist/Reporter; Mario Ayala, Photographer/Editor

  • Politics / Government – Spanish: “El País Dividido: A la espera de resultados electorales”

Kathia López-Santos, Producer; Romyna Camacho Pineda, Aline Gonzalez Basalo, Content Producers; Miguel Angel Zarate, Director; Sandra Ulsh Cervantes, Anchor; Christian Cazares, Claudia Simones, Reporters; Ivan Corona Ramirez, Assignment Editor

  • Promotion – Spanish (Single Spot or Campaign): “Campaña imagen Juntos Podemos,”

Mario Ayala, Writer/Photographer/Editor

  • Talent – Anchor – Weather – Spanish: “Guillermo Quiroz Jefe de Meteorología”

Guillermo Quiroz, Chief Meteorologist

  • Live News Producer – Spanish: “Kathia López-Santos News Producer”

Kathia López-Santos, Producer

  • Director – Spanish: “Please stay 6 feet away from my switcher”

Erick Fernandez, APC Operator

  • Photographer – Spanish: “Eduardo Mancera Composite”

Eduardo Mancera, Photographer

Owned by NBCUniversal, NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48 work together to better serve viewers in the Bay Area and keep them ahead of the latest news in two languages.

To view the entire webcast of the 50th Annual Northern California Area EMMY® Awards visit the chapter’s website emmysf.tv. For a complete list of all the winners click here.

About NBC Bay Area / KNTV

Owned by NBCUniversal, NBC Bay Area / KNTV is the Bay Area’s investigative station located in the heart of Silicon Valley.  The station is committed to providing continuous, in-depth journalism with unique personalities. Along with broadcasting NBC’s award-winning daytime, prime-time and late night programming, NBC Bay Area produces more than 32 hours of news programming each week. The station can be seen locally on Comcast 3 and 703 and over-the-air on 11. COZI TV, the station’s digital network, offers a full schedule of America’s most beloved and iconic television series, hit movies and original programming. COZI TV can be seen locally on Comcast 186 and over-the-air on 11.3.

About Telemundo Telemundo 48 / KSTS

Telemundo 48 / KSTS is Telemundo’s local television station serving the Spanish-speaking community throughout the Bay Area. Owned by NBCUniversal, the station is committed to providing viewers with breaking news and in-depth journalism with their award-winning team of reporters, offering the most up-to-date local news, weather, sports and entertainment headlines through a variety of platforms, including online at TelemundoAreadelaBahia.com and via mobile and social media channels. The station can be seen locally on Comcast 18 and 718 and over-the-air on 48. TeleExitos, the station’s digital network, offers exciting action and adventure programming in Spanish. TeleExitos can be seen locally on Comcast 194 and 1198 and over-the-air on 48.2.



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