Student Reporter/Anchor Nominated for Emmy for Nationally Syndicated Teen Show


September 26, 2012

Lyndon State College sophomore Tyler Dumont was nominated for an Emmy by the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. An Emmy is considered the television industry’s classic and most coveted peer-recognition symbol of distinction. Dumont’s nomination was in the “Outstanding Teen Program/Special” category for a June 18, 2011 edition of “Teen Kids News.” The 30 minute show included Dumont’s report on a Cape Cod wind farm energy proposal. Dumont, who has been working for Teen Kids News as a reporter and anchor since October, 2008, said that his “nomination was for the entire year’s work—not just that segment.” Tyler is a major in Lyndon’s nationally recognized Electronic Journalism Arts program.


Teen Kids News is a nationally syndicated program in its 10th season, airing on more than 220 television stations in the United States. It is broadcast in 175 countries via the American Forces Network. The show is also sent weekly by PBS satellite and streamed online to nearly 13,000 schools. The show is produced by Alan Weiss Productions, Inc., an independent production company based out of New York City.


Dumont explained, “The show was created by Albert T. Primo, former Vice President of News at ABC Television and Director of News and Public Affairs at WABC-TV in New York City. Mr. Primo also created the ‘Eyewitness News’ format—a notable change in television. Before, anchors ‘told the news’ alone on a set. Primo’s idea was to have reporters in the field as eyewitnesses, a format now used by almost every TV station in the world.”


The New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is the professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. Members come from all aspects of the television industry—production, post-production, managerial, talent, technical, and support services and from companies including broadcast networks, cable programming services, local stations, independent production companies, advertising agencies, unions, guilds, and more. There are approximately 2,000 members in the New York Chapter and 15,000 members nationwide.

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