Seattle, WA - KING 5’s decades-long tradition of excellence in journalism in the Pacific Northwest is alive and well and was clearly demonstrated by results from the 54th Annual Northwest Regional Emmy Awards ceremony Saturday, June 3, 2017. The event was hosted in Seattle by the National Academy of Television Arts Sciences (NATAS) Northwest Chapter and showcased the best work from Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho and Alaska.

KING 5 received a record-breaking 29 awards across numerous categories including recognition for reporting, producing, and editing. The winners were selected and judged by news colleagues from across the country.

KING 5 brought home the highest award for "Overall Excellence," honoring a complete body of work, including news coverage, special features, investigative reporting, local programming and community service.

The KING 5 Investigators received two awards for investigative reporting for their series "The Human Toll of Hanford's Dirty Secrets" by Susannah Frame and "Sobriety for Sale" by Chris Ingalls. KING 5 was also recognized for their special coverage of the Sounders Championship Parade and the "Pride & Peace" special.

“The Emmys are a great tribute to the team at KING 5 which is dedicated to serving our community, telling their stories each and every day,” said KING 5 New Director Cheryl Carson. “The quality of the content and the stories being told by our team of journalists is second to none in our region.”

The Home Team had several recently retired inductees into the prestigious NATAS Silver Circle. The Silver Circle honors individuals who have made significant professional contributions to the broadcasting industry with at least 25 years of service. Special projects executive producer Peter O'Connell and investigative reporter Linda Byron were inducted from KING 5 while the late Dick Splitstone, senior executive producer, represented NWCN. Dick recently passed away after being inducted into the Silver Circle.

“Dick will be greatly missed by his colleagues and friends at KING 5 and NWCN. He exhibited all the qualities that made him a role model for many, including humility and kindness. We are in his debt,” said KING 5 News Director Cheryl Carson.

KING 5 was also the recipient of the inaugural 2017 Community Service Award. The station was awarded for their annual “Home Team Harvest” food drive which began in 2001. During the last 16 years, the event has raised over 33 million meals on behalf of non-profit food bank Northwest Harvest which serves the state of Washington.

“I couldn’t be more proud to be a member of this team,” said KING 5 President & General Manager Jim Rose. “Serving and informing the people of Puget Sound through our journalism and our involvement in the community has always been our core mission at KING 5 and that will never change.”

2017 KING 5 Emmy Awards

Overall Excellence
KING 5 - The Home Team • KING • Jim Rose, President/General Manager

Breaking News
May Day • KING • Stephani Gibilisco, Producer • Chris Boicelli, Executive Producer • Danielle Leigh, Anchor/Reporter • Megan Porter, Producer • Joseph Huerta, Photojournalist

Spot News
Greenwood Explosion • KING • Elisa Hahn, Reporter • Teresa Yuan Barnett, Reporter • Andy Wallace, Photojournalist • Brad Booker, Photojournalist
Every Damn Year • KING • Natalie Swaby, Producer • Eric Sander, Producer

General Assignment Report - Within 24 Hours
A Camera & Compassion • KING • Natalie Swaby, Reporter • Dan Renzetti, Photojournalist

General Assignment Report - No Time Limit
Painting a New Life • KING • John Sharify, Reporter

Feature News Report - Light Feature
Cassandra Gaspard And the Wallingford Sign • KING • Heather Graf, Producer • Dan Renzetti, Producer

Feature News Report - Serious Feature
That Day • KING • John Sharify, Reporter • Andy Wallace, Producer

Investigative Report
The Human Toll of Hanford’s Dirty Secrets • KING • Susannah Frame, Investigative Reporter • Steve Douglas, Investigative Photographer
Sobriety for Sale • KING • Chris Ingalls, Investigative Reporter • Steve Douglas, Investigative Photographer

Sports - News Single Story or Series
Eddie Van Glam • KING • Alex Rozier, Producer • Dan Renzetti, Producer

Continuing Coverage
Last of the Institutions • KING • Susannah Frame, Reporter • Steve Douglas, Photographer

Environment - News
Washington’s Natural Treasures • KING • Alison Morrow, Environmental Reporter • Jon Martin, Photojournalist

Health/Science - News
Power of Music • KING • John Sharify, Producer • Eric Sander, Producer

Politics/Government - News
A Campaign Year Unlike Any Other • KING • Natalie Brand, Political News Producer

Historic/Cultural - Feature/Segment
Dean Wong Street Photographer • KING • Diane Lewis, Producer/Photographer/Editor

Special Event Coverage (Other than News or Sports)
Celebrating the Sounders • KING • Peter O’Connell, Executive Producer • Richard Courtney, Producer • Scott Jensen, Photojournalist • Rebecca Perry, Producer • Mark Wright, Anchor • Chris Egan, Sports Anchor/Reporter • Chris Daniels, Reporter • Chris Cashman, Talent, Producer, Editor • Greg Thies, Operations Manager

Interview/Discussion - Program/Special
Pride & Peace • KING • Peter O’Connell, Executive Producer • Richard Courtney, Producer • Doug Mossano, Director • Greg Thies, Production Manager • Joyce Taylor, Host/Producer • Stacy Rydgren, Video Editor • Cynthia Wise, Producer • Kristin Kay, Producer • Brian Westbrook, Reporter/Producer • Betsy Robertson, Producer • Mark Wright, Reporter • Cheryl Carson, News Director

Commercial Campaign
A Community Takes Flight • KING • Toby Rigby, Producer

Anchor - Sports
Chris Egan Sports Anchor Composite - From Rio to Renton • Chris Egan • KING

Reporter - News General Assignment
Jake Whittenberg reports • Jake Whittenberg • KING

Reporter - News Specialty Assignment
Sharify on Health: Power of Music • John Sharify • KING

Reporter - Programming
Kim Holcomb Composite • Kim Holcomb • KING

News Producer
Where in the world is Kristin Kay? • Kristin Kay • KING

Writer - News
Sharify’s Stories • John Sharify • KING

Photographer - News
Night Time Is the Right Time • Andy Wallace • KING

Editor - News
Renzetti Cuts 2016 • Dan Renzetti • KING

Editor - Program
Rio Olympics Composite • Kevin Glantz • KING

Video Journalist - No Time Limit
Take Your Time • Ted Land • KING