(WWLP) - Saturday evening, June 1, WWLP-22News was honored with a prestigious Emmy Award for Outstanding Evening Newscast in a smaller market at the 36th Annual Boston-New England Emmy Awards. Anchor Elysia Rodriguez accepted the award, which was presented for our coverage of "Western Mass. Tornado: One Year Later."
During the June 2012 newscast, 22News re-visited tornado damaged neighborhoods to gauge the recovery process since the destruction occurred.
WWLP News Director Mike Garreffi said, "It is incredible how long the recovery process from an EF3 tornado can be, and how dramatically the June 1 tornadoes changed lives in our area." The tornado, which also killed three people, left a 39 mile path of destruction.
WWLP-22News received a total of four Emmy nominations this year. In addition to the Emmy win, 22News received nominations for Outstanding Evening Newscast for the April 13th 6 p.m. newscast, "State Police Officer Shot;" in the General Assignment Category, Laura Hutchinson's 22News I-Team report, "The Truth About Panhandling;" and WWLP's Special Event Coverage of Springfield Police Officer Kevin Ambrose's funeral.
WWLP-22News is an NBC affiliate providing local news, network, syndicated, and local programming to western Massachusetts. The station also provides superior digital breaking news and weather coverage through its websites WWLP.com and onpolitix.com, and on all mobile devices.