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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Winning an Emmy is usually a lifelong goal for most television professionals. Southeastern's Chrissy Carter recently added Emmy Award-winner to her resume – before she even started her career.
Carter, who graduated in May with a bachelor's degree in communication, earned the award for her on-camera performance as anchor-reporter for the Southeastern Channel's national award-winning student newscast "Northshore News." She was the only student to receive a 2013 Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Suncoast Region, which includes all television stations and production entities in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Puerto Rico.
During her four years as a student at Southeastern, Carter won more national and regional awards than any television student in the country.
"Her talent level is off the charts, and her work ethic and attitude have been exemplary. She has a wonderful career ahead in the TV news industry," said Rick Settoon, station manager for the Southeastern Channel, the university's educational cable access channel.
While Carter pursues career opportunities in television this fall, she will be teaching middle school English and broadcast writing at Riverside Academy near her hometown of LaPlace, La. Her ultimate career goal is to become a television personality or talk show host.
Carter credits her experience at the Southeastern Channel as key to helping her accomplish such a significant goal before starting her career.
"My work and training at the Southeastern Channel gave me the skills needed to win this Emmy. The channel gave me real-world experience and taught me all aspects of broadcast journalism," said Carter, who served as producer as well as anchor and reporter for the student newscast.
Award winners were selected after rounds of judging against the Emmy standard of excellence, not against other productions. While categories with nominees often have no winners, two other Southeastern Channel students received Emmy honorable mention recognitions. Marshall Courtney won for his camera work from the 2012 Southeastern-Stephen F. Austin football broadcast, while Allen Cutrer won for his videography for a "Northshore News" segment on a local master duck carver.
The Southeastern Channel has won nine Emmy Awards, with 34 Emmy nominations, in its 10 years of existence. It is the only college television station in the Suncoast Region with three student Emmy Awards since 2005, as well as the only college television station in Louisiana history to win Emmy Awards.
Reaching more than 250,000 area viewers, the Southeastern Channel can be viewed on Charter Cable Channel 18 in Tangipahoa, Livingston and St. Tammany parishes and on Channel 17 in Washington Parish. Its live 24/7 webcast and video on demand can be seen at www.southeastern.edu/tv.