HAYS, KS -- After more than 10 years of camera work in television news, Robert Karnes, Hays senior, has received his first major award nomination. He is nominated for a 2000 Heartland Region Emmy Award for his work as a photographer at KSNW-TV in Wichita.
Karnes, a student in the Information Networking and Telecommunications Department at Fort Hays State University, and reporter Justin Kreamer of KSNW are up for the "Spot TV News/Single Report" award.
"Some people in the television industry go their entire career without ever receiving any kind of award, not to mention an award of this magnitude," Karnes said.
Karnes and Kreamer's story regarded an elderly man with Alzheimer's disease who had driven off in his car without anyone knowing. Many people from the area including police, fire departments and local citizens had spent most of a day and into the night trying to find him.
On their way out of town after finishing a 10 o'clock live shot, they were stopped by the local sheriff, who informed them they may want to head back to the family's home. The family was to get a phone call from Texas. They arrived at the house just in time to record the man's daughter picking up the phone and caught the emotion of the family when they found out the man was unharmed.
Karnes and Kreamer's piece is one of three nominees out of 17 applicants in the category. Theirs is the only nomination for anyone in Kansas. The piece was picked over such stories as the "Texas A&M Bonfire Collapse."
North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Northern Texas and Colorado are included in the Heartland Colorado Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Winners of the Heartland Region Emmys will be announced during a ceremony in Denver, Oct. 14-15. Karnes said he absolutely plans to attend the event.
"I don't think wild horses could keep me away from the ceremony! If I actually do win this, I would be kicking myself for a long time if I wasn't there to pick it up."
Karnes has left the television industry for now to return to school to expand his knowledge of the field. He plans to incorporate his knowledge of television with the Internet and pursue interests in web design and webcasting.