Two Faculty, 16 Alumni Win Northern California Area Emmy Awards

Tuesday, July 03, 2018
Photo of Oscar Guerra, Antonio A. Ayala and Norma Alejandra Lopez holding their Emmy statuettes

Faculty members Oscar Guerra and Antonio A. Ayala are among the 253 winners of the 47th Northern California Area Emmy Awards, joining 16 alumni in taking home the coveted statuettes.

Guerra and Ayala (B.A., BECA, ’13), who teach in the Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Department, won for Sports-News Feature/Segment-Spanish, for Estación de mi Gente, a profile of San Francisco Giants legend Tito Fuentes. The video aired on NBC Sports Bay Area. They share the award with SF Giants Productions Vice President Paul Hodges III (B.A., Radio and Television, ’01), Erwin Higueros and Norma Alejandra López. Students Jonny Trimboli, Jacob Crowell, Adam Griffith and Adrian Chen also worked on the video.

In the video, Fuentes details his journey from Cuban émigré to Major League infielder and the Giants’ Spanish-language radio announcer. Earlier this year, Estación de mi Gente won Best Short Form Sports Video at the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts.

The Northern California Area Emmy Awards, presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences chapter, recognize excellence in television and online production. This year’s 253 winners in 104 categories were selected among 1,002 entries. The San Francisco State alumni combined to win 24 awards, led by Luis Godínez (B.A., Radio and Television, ’03), of San Francisco’s Univision affiliate, KDTV-14, with six awards.

The competition includes television and cable stations from the following areas: Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, Fresno-Visalia, Honolulu, Reno, Monterey-Salinas, Chico-Redding and Eureka. The award ceremony took place June 2 at the San Francisco Jazz Center.

San Francisco State winners

Newscast-Evening-Larger Markets, “Wine Country Wildfires,” KPIX-5

  • Ken Bastida (B.A., Radio and Television, ’81), field anchor
  • Alexander Louie (B.A., Radio and Television, ’05), photojournalist
  • Brian Yuen (B.A., Radio and Television, ’88), photojournalist

Newscast-Daytime-Larger Markets, “ABC 10 Morning Blend,” KXTV-10

  • Mark S. Allen (B.A., Radio and Television, ’77), entertainment host

Continuing Coverage-Within 24 Hours, “Wine Country Emergency — North Bay Fires,” KNTV-11

  • Kristopher Noceda (B.A., Journalism, ’05), content producer

Feature News Report-Serious, “A Life on the Line,” San Francisco Chronicle

  • Lea Suzuki (B.A., Journalism, ’92), photographer/producer/editor

Documentary-Cultural/Historical, “The Trials of Marvin Mutch,” KQED-9

  • Alex Emslie (B.A., Journalism, ’13), producer
  • Arts/Entertainment-Program/Special, “BaseBallet: Into the Game,” NBC Sports Bay Area/Athletic Art Productions

  • Matthew Piniol (B.A., Radio and Television, ’09), producer
  • Lifestyle-Feature/Segment, “El Refugio de Silvia,” San Francisco Chronicle

    • Lea Suzuki, photographer/producer/editor

    Interview/Discussion-Feature/Segment, “Mending the Heart,” San Francisco Chronicle

    • Lea Suzuki, photographer

    Special Event Coverage, “Golden State Warriors Championship Parade,” NBC Sports Bay Area

    • Bruno Ewald (B.A., Cinema, ’06), coordinating producer

    Sports Game-Live/Unedited (Program), “San Francisco Giants Baseball: Matt Cain’s Goodbye,” NBC Sports Bay Area

    • James P. Lynch (Attended ’70 – ’73), director

    Promotion-Single Spot, “Good Day Saves Christmas,” KMAX-31

    • Paul Kramer (B.A., Cinema, ’95), producer/writer

    Commercial-Single Spot or Campaign, “San Francisco Giants 2017 Commercial Campaign,” Francisco Giants, SFG Productions

    • Paul Hodges III (B.A., Radio and Television, ’01), executive producer

    Photographer-Program, “BaseBallet: Into the Game,” NBC Sports Bay Area/Red Panel

    • Matthew Piniol, director of photography

    Overall Excellence/News Excellence-Spanish, “Univision 14 ‘Tu Gente. Tu Voz,’” KDTV-14

    • Luis Godínez, acting news director

    Newscast-Evening-Larger Markets-Spanish, “Noticias Univision 14 A Las Seis: June 14, 2017,” KDTV-14

    • Luis Godínez, assistant news director
    • Flavio Lacayo (B.A., Radio and Television, ’98), reporter
    • Joseph Perry (B.A., Radio and Television, ’03), photographer

    Breaking News-Spanish, “Alerta Local: California en Llamas,” KDTV-14

    • Flavio Lacayo, reporter
    • Joseph Perry, reporter

    Continuing Coverage-No Time Limit-Spanish, “Muerte y Destrucción en México,” KSTS-48

    • Lorena Domínguez (B.A., Radio and Television, ’06), anchor

    Feature News Report-Light Series-Spanish, “Mi Otro Yo,” KDTV-14

    • Luis Godínez, producer
    • Flavio Lacayo, reporter

    Feature News Report-Serious Series-Spanish, “En Busca de mi Libertad,” KDTV-14

    • Luis Godínez, producer

    News Special Program-Spanish, “Fin de DACA,” KDTV-14

    • Luis Godínez, producer
    • Flavio Lacayo, reporter

    Public/Current/Community Affairs-Spanish, “Los Nuevos Supremacistas,” KDTV-14

    • Flavio Lacayo, reporter

    Technology-Spanish, “Codigo Imborrable,” KDTV-14

    • Luis Godínez, producer
    • Joseph Perry, editor

    Sports-News Feature/Segment-Spanish, “Estación De Mi Gente,” Francisco Giants, SFG Productions

    • Oscar Guerra (assistant professor, Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts)
    • Antonio A. Ayala, producer
    • Paul Hodges III, executive producer

    Photographer-Spanish, “Joe Perry Composite,” KDTV-14

    • Joseph Perry, photographer

    — Matt Itelson



    From left: Assistant Professor Oscar Guerra, Lecturer Antonio A. Ayala and Norma Alejandra López. Photo courtesy of Antonio A. Ayala.

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