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Graduate Directs Atlanta Television Station to Emmy Gold

Graduate Directs Atlanta Television Station to Emmy Gold

EMORY, Va. - An Emory & Henry mass communications graduate was recently honored with an Emmy Award for his outstanding efforts in live sports coverage. Tyrone Bachman, E&H class of 1998, and WXIA 11Alive received an Emmy award for Best Live Sports Show.

Bachman served as the technical director for the show “Falcons Game Day Live” which airs on the NBC affiliate in Atlanta, Ga. He gives credit for much of his success to his former professor and mentor, Dr. Teresa Keller, chair of the E&H Mass Communications Department, who he calls “the backbone of my dedication to my career.”

“I remember a time in Dr. Keller's class when we had to do our resume and then pass it around the classroom, and I only had football on my resume.” After a long conversation with Keller, he became inspired to pursue additional activities that reflected his wide variety of interests, including the Multi-Cultural Society, E&H Gospel Choir, the campus newspaper staff and staff for the campus radio station.

“It’s my great joy in life to watch former students become outstanding professionals, and Tyrone Bachman could be Exhibit A,” said Keller.  “He made a very wise choice to get serious about his career during his senior year, and this Emmy makes it very clear that he has become a great success. The kind of work he does requires rapid fire thinking while juggling a lot of information in a high-pressure situation.” 

Bachman joins a growing list of Emory & Henry alumni who have been honored with Emmy awards. That list includes:

Jay Webb (E&H class of 1999) – meteorologist, WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, Va.
Joel Hilton (E&H class of 1998) – photojournalist, WAVY-TV in Portsmouth, Va.
Eric Scott (E&H class of 1985) – photojournalist, WJZ-TV in Baltimore, Md.
Bonnie Wood (E&H class of 1990) – promotions producer, WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C.

“I’m so very, very proud of Tyrone, of the other award winners from this department, and of all of our graduates who are doing good work and making this world better,” added Keller.