KNBC sweeps 62nd Annual L.A. Emmys

Fox 11's Steve Edwards receives Governor's award

Fox 11 morning show host Steve Edwards accepted the Governor's award at the 62nd Annual L.A. Area Emmy Awards Saturday night with characteristic self-deprecating humor about five decades on the dial in Southern California, the last 15 years as host of "Good Day L.A." "I'm feeling too young for this award," joked Edwards. "I'm just getting started."

But it was KNBC's night to sweep the top Emmy awards for English and Spanish language local news stations in Southern California. KNBC4 won six Emmys alone and one with Spanish station KVEA52. Those included the Emmys for Daily Evening Newscast (Ch.4 News at 11); Daytime Newscast (Ch. 4 News at 5 p.m.), Outstanding Hard News Reporting (Ana Garcia and Fred Mamoun), Entertainment Program ("My 1st Time Nominated for an Academy Award") and outstanding news feature (Chuck Henry).

Public TV station KCET tied for second with five Emmys, along with KTLA, which took best morning show. CBS2, Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket and KCAL9 were next with four Emmys each. And the combined KCBS/KCAL won another three.

Edwards was accompanied by a contingent of friends, family and colleagues, including his morning show co-hosts Dorothy Lucey and Jillian Reynolds, both of whom he singled out during his acceptance remarks. He said he began his life planning to be a clinical psychologist, and when he switched to broadcasting didn't think he would need his knowledge of psychology again. "Then I started working with Jill and Dorothy," he said with a smile. "I haven't finished a sentence on television since 1997."

Edwards did a humorous riff on all the shows, pilots and short series he has done, including morning shows on Ch. 7 and 9 before landing at 11, as well as numerous failed pilots for news, talk and game shows. "You just have to go out there and do it and love it," said Edwards, "and I love my job."

A poignant moment came late in the more than three-hour show when Rick Garcia, former Fox 11 sports anchor, accepted for Outstanding Sports Reporting with producer Raymond Bell.

Garcia held his Emmy and said it was a bit "awkward" because he is no longer at the station. He looked around and wondered aloud how many of the people filling the Leonard Goldenson Theater would still have jobs next year, a reference to recent consolidation and downsizing of local newsrooms for budget considerations and the increasing use of automation that allows robot cameras to be controlled from a single location.

Garcia said he hoped that the Emmys would point out that it is the talent of the people doing the work that is important, "not who has the lowest payroll."

A complete list of winners is available here.
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