KEPR news nominated for Emmy Award

KEPR Action News has been nominated for an Emmy. The Emmy Awards recognize excellence in TV programming.

It's the first Emmy nomination for the Pasco-based TV station. It came from the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, one of the academy's 19 chapters in the U.S. that conduct regional award ceremonies.

KEPR submitted a single newscast entry profiling extensive team coverage of the raid on a Benton County home to retrieve hundreds of dogs living on the property. Nominees were named at the 2010 Emmy All Stars Celebration last week.

"It's pretty exciting," said station manager David Praga, adding that the nomination reflects the steps KEPR has taken to improve its news coverage. "We are spending more time on stories that make a difference in the community, and keeping people informed."

In 2009, KEPR's evening news was ranked first by the Society of Professional Journalists, Region 10.

The Emmy winner will be announced June 5 at the 47th annual Northwest Regional Emmy Awards banquet.