Lexington-area television news, entertainment and advertising organizations won numerous honors Saturday night at the 50th Annual Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Awards presented in Columbus, Ohio.
Lexington-based producer and on-air personality Amy Hess won an Emmy as producer of The Local Traveler, a Gray TV show that explores local businesses. Hess won another Emmy for magazine show and program host/moderator/narrator for her work on three shows: Traveler, which airs in Central and Eastern Kentucky on WKYT and WYMT, and KET's Kentucky Life and Kentucky Collectibles.
Tim Farmer also won in the best program host/moderator/narrator category for Kentucky Afield, which is produced by the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources and airs on KET channels.
The voting system in the Ohio Valley Regional Emmys allows for multiple winners.
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Kentucky Afield also won in the health/science/environment program category for the episode Carp Madness. Farmer, Scott Moore, Brian Volland, Nathan Sangster, Charlie Baglan and Obie Williams shared the honor.
KET, which is based in Lexington, won three other Emmys:
Thomas Bickel won as producer in the arts and entertainment category for the Kentucky Muse episode Frank X Walker — I Dedicate This Ride.
Producers Jayne McClew, Gary Pahler and Angelic Phelps also won in the nostalgia program category for Louisville Life.
Producer Kelly Campbell won in the human interest program slot for Double Dan Horsemanship.
Lexington news outlets won a variety of honors:
WLEX producers Jennifer Evans Smith and Katherine Shepherd won in the special-event category for Lex 18 Special Coverage of Kentucky Derby 139.
WLEX anchor and reporter Nancy Cox and photographer Brian Gilbert won in the human-interest news category for In The Eye of the Beholder.
WLEX's Chrissy Pullinger won the honor for editor-short form for Countdown to the Classic Open.
The station's Dave Medley and Kevin Christopher won in the promotion: program (single spot/campaign/image) category for LEX18 at the Derby.
WKYT's Sam Dick and John Wilson won in the sports-news category for Stadium Caption.
WKYT's John Wilson won in the photographer-news category.
Other area commercial and public entities picked up Emmys Saturday, including Thomas Sutherland, coordinator of the Lexington Public Library's cable channel, who won in the documentary-cultural/topical category for Body Maps: Transplantation Inside and Out.
Brock Smith and Whit Bussey of Lexington's Oculus Studios were multiple winners. They shared the honor in the commercial category for Commonwealth Credit Union membership animation. Bussey also won in the category writer-short form for More Than A Name and in the category of musical composition/arrangement for the CCU membership animation.
Smith won for audio for the commercial CCU My Card.
Asbury University's Doug Smart won in the category director-live or live to tape for Friends Like You: The Word.