Well, this is nice: Channel 5 has won the station’s first-ever national Emmy Award for its 35W bridge collapse coverage in August 2007.
(There’s apparently a bit of a time lag here, since the awards were given out Monday, more than two years after the disaster.)
According to a station news release, KSTP won in the “Outstanding Regional News Story – Spot News” category, beating out coverage of a Vancouver tornado and a New York City crane collapse. I can’t say I recall every wrinkle of Channel 5’s coverage at this late date, but they were on 25 hours straight, which was awesome and vital considering the circumstances.
KSTP has been the butt of jokes recently for its goofy-but-irresistible Brett Favre slow-speed chase, but this well-deserved national honor shows just how TV journalists, and TV journalism, can rise to the occasion. Congratulations.