PORTLAND, Ore. — KGW has been nominated 25 times in the 2018 Northwest Emmy® awards by the Northwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) in a competition that includes the Seattle market. KGW earned more nominations than any other Portland commercial television station, and it was the only Portland commercial station nominated for overall excellence.

The nominations for outstanding work spanned every aspect of journalism from best morning and evening newscasts, spot news, team coverage, general assignment reporting, feature news reporting, business consumer reporting, crime story/series, sports-news story/series, health/science reporting and community affairs. The KGW marketing team was nominated three times for best news promo campaign, in addition to best community/public service spot and best commercial.

Nominations for individual achievement included best sports anchor, best reporter, best writer, best photographer and best audio.

Details of each of the award nominations are below:

Overall Excellence 


Morning/Daytime News (Markets 21-80) 

KGW News at Sunrise • KGW • Celeste Ruiz, Executive Producer • Robert Sutton, Producer • Paul Kenney, Television Content Manager

Evening News (Markets 21-80) 

Mass School Walkouts • KGW • Brian Kosciesza, Producer

Spot News 

Hit-and-Run on Campus • KGW • John Tierney, Executive Producer

Team Coverage 

Deadly Grass Fire • KGW • Rick Jacobs, Executive News Director

General Assignment Report - No Time Limit

In His Honor • KGW • Katherine Cook, Reporter • Kurt Austin, Photojournalist

Feature News Report - Serious Feature 

Dark Family Secrets • KGW • Scott Williams, Photojournalist • Gene Cotton, Editor • Chris Willis, Reporter

Business/Consumer - Story/Series - Within 24 Hours 

Welcome to the Darkside • KGW • Keely Chalmers, Producer • Kurt Austin, Photojournalist

Crime - Story/Series - No Time Limit 

Are You a Good Witness? • KGW • Kyle Iboshi, Reporter • Gene Cotton, Photojournalist/Editor

Health/Science - Story/Series - Within 24 Hours

The Willamette River: The Good, The Bad and the Really Ugly • KGW • Keely Chalmers, Producer • Kurt Austin, Photojournalist

Health/Science - Story/Series - No Time Limit 

Health Stories of Uncommon Courage • KGW • Laural Porter Houlihan, Anchor/Producer • Kurt Austin, Producer

Sports - News Story/Series (Enter newscast stories here) 

The End of High School Football in Oregon? • KGW • Cristin Severance, Investigative Reporter • Gene Cotton, Photojournalist/Editor

Public/Current/Community Affairs - Program/Special 

Students Demand Action • KGW • John Tierney, Executive Producer

Promotion - News Promo  Campaign

Fire and Ice •KGW • Brenda Buratti, Marketing Director • Skyler Stever, Director/Editor/ Producer • Kevin Ebel, Director of Photography • Jeff Patterson, Art Director • Joseph DeGise, Producer • Ellen Boynton Compton, Producer • Amanda Lashbaugh, Producer • Randy Cobb, Producer

KGW News App • Ellen Boynton Compton, Writer/Producer/Editor • Skyler Stever, Director • Kevin Ebel, Director of Photography • Jeff Patterson, Art Director

Call Kyle • KGW • Randy Cobb, Writer/Producer/Director/Editor • Ellen Boynton, Writer/Producer • Kevin Ebel, Director of Photography • Jeff Patterson, Art Director

Community/Public Service (PSAs) 

KGW Great Toy Drive • Skyler Stever, Creative Lead , Joseph DeGise, Director/Writer/Producer/Editor • Kevin Ebel, Director of Photography • Jeff Patterson, Art Director

Commercial Single Spot 

The Meals on Wheels People-Hattie • KGW • Joseph DeGise, Writer/Producer/Director/Editor • Skyler Stever, Producer • Kevin Ebel, Director of Photography

Anchor - Sports 

Orlando Sanchez • KGW

Reporter - News Specialty Assignment 

Laural Porter • KGW

Reporter - General Assignment 

Keely Chalmers • KGW

Reporter - Programming 

Grant McOmie • KGW

Writer - News 

Laural Porter- Houlihan • KGW

Photographer - Video Essay 

Kurt Austin • KGW


Kurt Austin • KGW

About KGW

KGW is the NBC affiliate in Portland, Oregon serving Oregon and Southwest Washington. KGW’s award-winning website, KGW.com, and its mobile app KGW News, provide breaking news, traffic and weather information to consumers on demand. KGW also operates a low-power station, KGWZ. KGW is owned and operated by TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) a broadcasting, digital media and marketing services company. TEGNA and KGW serve the greater good of Oregon and Southwest Washington, across platforms, by telling empowering stories, conducting impactful investigations and delivering innovative marketing solutions. For more information, visit www.TEGNA.com.