Duluth, MN – FOX 21 News has received two prestigious Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television, Arts and Sciences, Upper Midwest Chapter. FOX 21, which began airing a newscast less than three years ago, received awards for Station Excellence and Best Evening Newscast in mid-sized markets at a ceremony Saturday, September 26 in Minneapolis.
Station Excellence recognizes FOX 21 for continuous overall excellence in local news and community involvement. The Best Evening Newscast Award was received for the station’s March 3, 2009 show, which included a 911 tape of a man who taunted police after stealing a car, coverage of the state budget deficit’s effect on local governments, and a feature story about students learning winter ecology.
FOX 21 competed against stations in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa, in markets ranked between 21 and 140 nationally. Duluth, at market number 139, is nearly the smallest market in the competition. FOX 21 beat a station in Des Moines (market size 72) for Best Evening Newscast and a station in Cedar Rapids (market size 88) for Station Excellence.
“I couldn’t be prouder,” said FOX 21 News Director Julie Moravchik. “To know that we’re competing against stations that are much bigger and more established than us—and coming out on top—is a real tribute to the hard work and incredible quality of our team.”
FOX 21 News at 9 is co-anchored by Beth Jett and Nick LaFave, sports director Chris Nettleton, and meteorologist Chris Snider. A 35-minute newscast airs seven days a week at 9 p.m.
KQDS-TV is the FOX affiliate for the Duluth-Superior market, which includes 12 counties in northeastern Minnesota, northwestern Wisconsin, and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. FOX 21 is the market’s most powerful television station.