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ABC10 Honored with 14 Northern California Area EMMY® Awards From National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

Photo courtesy of ABC10: Pictured, back row – Luke Cleary, Samantha Spinaci, Xavier Uriarte, Wes Battagliese, Brenden Mincheff, Rachel Boyoung Kim, Monika Diaz, Carley Gomez, Risa Omega, Alex Bell Front Row – Vanessa Bozzuto, Rachel Jacobs, Rob Carlmark, Becca Habegger

ABC10, a TEGNA-owned media station, has been recognized with 14 Northern California Area Emmy® awards from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). The Northern California region stretches from Visalia to the Oregon border and includes Hawaii and Reno, Nevada.

A total of 1,106 entries were received for news stories that aired in 2023, and ABC10 was honored with 14 Emmy awards in categories that include the following:

Newscast- Evening-Larger Markets 

“To The Point with Alex Bell,” ABC10 

Rachel Jacobs, Executive Producer; Samantha Spinaci, Producer; Alex Bell, Anchor; Becca Habegger, Reporter; Weston Battagliese, Xavier Uriarte, Photojournalists; Vanessa Bozzuto, Photojournalist/Editor 

Investigative – Single Report  

“’Made Up to Cover Up’ – Investigating Excited Delirium,” ABC10 

Gonzalo Magaña, Executive Producer; Andie Judson, Investigative Reporter; Tyler Horst, 


News Feature – Serious Feature (Single Report) 

“Pilgrimage to Manzanar,” ABC10

Rachel Boyoung Kim, Producer; Johnathon Bartell, Reporter 

Diversity/Equity/Inclusion – News or Short Form Content 

“Sacramento’s Little Saigon: How the Vietnamese community is preserving culture,” ABC10

Rachel Boyoung Kim, Producer/Cinematographer 

Education/Schools – News or Long Form Content 

“What will save us?: Remembering the Stockton School Shooting,” ABC10 

Rachel Jacobs, Executive Producer; Alex Bell, Anchor/Reporter; Vanessa Bozzuto, Xavier Uriarte, Photojournalist/Editors 

Environment – News or Short Form Content 

“Deep Debate: Poison in Lake Tahoe,” ABC10  

Gonzalo Magana, Executive Producer; Mike Bunnell, Producer; Brandon Rittiman, Reporter 

Environment/Science – News or Long Form Content 

“Water Wasted,” ABC10

Rachel Jacobs, Executive Producer; Monica Woods-Gray, Chief Meteorologist; Robert Carlmark, Carley Gómez, Brenden Mincheff, Meteorologists; Vanessa Bozzuto, Xavier Uriarte, Photojournalists 

Health/Medical – News or Short Form Content 

“Surviving sex trafficking: Dignity’s Medical Safe Haven,” ABC10

Rachel Jacobs, Executive Producer; Alex Bell, Anchor/Reporter 

Informational/Instructional – News or Short Form Content 

“How roundabouts got a green light,” ABC10

Andie Judson, Reporter 

Politics/Government – News or Short Form Content 

“FIRE-POWER MONEY: Newsom’s Nonanswers,” ABC10 

Gonzalo Magaña, Executive Producer; Brandon Rittiman, Producer 

Societal Concerns – News or Short Form Content 

“California’s domestic violence system leaves victims vulnerable,” ABC10 

Andie Judson, Investigative Reporter 

Talent – Reporter – Specialty Assignment 

“Brandon Rittiman won’t take “no” for an answer,” ABC10 

Brandon Rittiman, Reporter 

Talent – Program Host/Moderator/Correspondent 

“Bartell’s Backroads Holiday Special,” ABC10 

Johnathon Bartell, Host 

Writer – News 

“Zoe’s dad writes about protecting a place he loves,” ABC10 

Brandon Rittiman, Writer 

“Over the last few years, ABC10 has been recognized with an astounding number of prestigious national and regional industry awards for excellence in reporting, daily news coverage, and our commitment to multi-part investigative series,” said Risa Omega, President & General Manager of ABC10. “These latest Emmy awards and nominations from NATAS are a direct reflection of the hard work, dedication, and talent of our entire ABC10 news team that is supported by the entire station staff.”

ABC10’s award-winning news coverage is led by Director of Content Monika Diaz, with outstanding efforts by a diverse and talented newsroom staff filled with broadcast and digital producers, investigative reporters, multi-skilled storytellers, photojournalists, editors, writers, creatives, and many others who work diligently to serve communities in the greater Sacramento region. 

“These wins and all of the nominations are a great example of our commitment to tell the stories that impact our communities,” said Monika Diaz, ABC10 Director of Content. “We are making a difference, and I am incredibly proud of the talented team that works so hard to make it happen each and every day.”

Winners of the 53rd Annual Northern California Area Emmy Awards were announced and awarded statues at a special evening gala at the San Francisco Hilton Union Square on June 15. A complete listing of winners of the 53rd Annual Northern California Area Emmy® Awards is available here and a taped video stream of the awards ceremony is available via this link.

These latest awards are in addition to a continuing series of recognition and awards earned in recent years by ABC10. To learn more about ABC10 and its mission, or to watch award-winning special reports and other exemplary news stories, please visit www.abc10.com or www.youtube.com/ABC10. In addition, ABC10 can be live streamed via the ABC10+ app on Roku and Amazon Fire.

About the author

Traci Rockefeller Cusack

Traci Rockefeller Cusack has 25+ years of media and public relations experience.  Her work experience includes News10 (ABC) as Promotion Manager from 1989-1998 (where she developed and launched “Coats for Kids’ Sake,” a winter coat drive that lasted 20+ years plus coordinated Oprah Winfrey’s first ever visit to Sacramento) and Fleishman-Hillard as Vice President from 1998-2005 (where she led the wildly successful statewide “California Grown” program and also produced the five-minute video that played on the Jumbotron on Opening Day at Pac Bell Park). In 2007, she launched T-Rock Communications and currently handles a wide range of marketing activities for a number of top-notch organizations.

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