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October 11, 2002

UW-RF Journalism Student Wins Emmy Award

UW-RF student Nick Kesler has received an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his entry in the College News category.

Kesler, a broadcast journalism major from North St. Paul, Minn., in his junior year, was presented with a plaque and award Oct. 5 at the Metropolitan Ballroom in Golden Valley, Minn. Awards were presented to winners from the Upper Midwest region in 45 different categories.

Kesler's award was based on a composite tape featuring two stories that he shot, reported and edited. His first story was about the final UW-RF men's baseball game of the season played at home last spring as the team was elminated as a sport. For the other story, Kesler followed write-in River Falls mayoral candidate Jen Firchow on election night, letting her tell her own story. Firchow, a senior last year at UW-River Falls majoring in political science, participated in the election to learn about the political process and posted an impressive vote total.

This isn't the first recognition Keslers talents have earned him. Last summer, he won an award from "The Home Town Video Festival," a national festival held annually, in the category called, "About Public Access by a Nonprofit." His entry was a video about a public access studio, which he reported, photographed, edited and narrated.

To prepare himself for life as a professional photojournalist, Kesler works as an intern at Cable Channel 12 in Brooklyn Park, Minn., photographing, editing and occasionally reporting. He also works with journalists from the local news stations KARE and KSTP, accompanying them on their stories.

Of his career plans, Kesler said, "I want to be a photojournalist in the Twin Cities, at one of the big four stations in this market, because it is one of the best in the country. I plan to continue working at Channel 12 to begin with, then eventually move on to one of the big stations.

"My ultimate goal is to be behind the camera all the way. Then, I want to win the 'Photographer of the Year' award from the National Press Photographer Association."

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