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WLEX, WKYT each win 3 Ohio Valley Regional Emmys

The Ohio Valley Regional Emmys were recently awarded, and Lexington stations brought home several.

NBC affiliate WLEX (Channel 18) won three of the nine awards for which it was nominated. They were for spot news for coverage of a tornado; news anchor, won by Nancy Cox; and graphic arts.

CBS affiliate WKYT (Channel 27) won three of the five awards for which it was nominated. They were weather anchor, which went to T.G. Shuck; investigative report — single story; and program promo — image.

ABC affiliate WTVQ (Channel 36) received one nomination but did not win.

PBS member station Kentucky Educational Television received an Emmy for magazine feature segment for a story on Lexington's Cricket Press. Also, Brian Volland of Kentucky Afield, which is produced by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife and airs on KET, won in the program photographer category.

The awards cover parts of Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. To view a full list of winners, visit Ohiovalleyemmy.org.

Comings and goings

Because of the additions of its 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. newscasts, WLEX is in the midst of making a number of new hires, though it also has a departure.

Evening reporter Jessica Moore left the station in mid-August to take an evening anchor position at the NBC affiliate in Las Vegas. Moore had been at WLEX since late 2007.

The station has hired Devon Patton to be the co-host of its 4 p.m. newscast alongside weekend anchor Kristen Pflum. Patton joins WLEX from a station in Omaha, Neb., and previously worked in North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

Also new to the station is 4 p.m. meteorologist Jessica Starr, who most recently was weekend weather anchor at a Fox affiliate in Baltimore.

She has Kentucky ties, having served as chief meteorologist at a Hopkinsville station from 2006 to 2007. A graduate of Michigan State University, she is working toward her American Meteorological Society certification through Mississippi State University.

The station also plans to hire new reporters to provide content for the 4 and 7 p.m. newscasts, as well as a new weekend anchor to replace Pflum as she moves to only weekdays.

National coup for WDKY

Fox affiliate WDKY (Channel 56) posted a major network achievement recently. The station's 10 p.m. newscast was ranked first among the 172 prime time newscasts on Fox affiliates nationwide in the key demographic of people ages 25 to 54.

The station placed second among all prime time newscasts on Fox affiliates in household ratings, trailing only an affiliate in Greensboro, N.C.

WDKY was also second to WGHP in Greensboro for ratings for ages 18 to 49, the station said.

WKYT has an Apple

WKYT has equipped its reporters with Apple's iPad tablet computers and soon will provide them for the station's anchors, too.

News director Robert Thomas said the products are convenient for the reporters in the field and will provide important environmental and cost savings in the station's newsroom, as they will replace scripts printed and provided to each anchor.

The iPads will also interface with the newsroom's computer system, allowing the scripts to be automatically updated with any last-minute changes. That will prevent not only lots of items for recycle bins after each show but also some hurriedly handwritten remarks when things change.

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