So it's come and gone and what a tornado. KNTV NBC Bay Area took home 13 Emmy awards--the most for any station this year. It's a testament to the commitment our management has made to bringing compelling, original reporting to local news in a meaningful way to cover the issues that matter to our viewers and to prompt meaningful change. It's also a testament to the hard work and talent at our station as we make the most of these resources and rise to the challenge.
I am not usually so rah rah, although cheerleading was part of my high school and college DNA, but I really am proud to work alongside some of the smartest, nicest, and most competitive people in the business--not only at KNTV but in the market. I'm inspired by the work of my colleagues and they push me to up my game. We do a job that can sometimes be thankless, and often stressful, but for a few nights a year, we get together and celebrate some of the wins. And this year, special Nguyens :) Mr. and Mrs.
The night was especially amazing because we had SEVEN tables of KNTV staff and their families to root us on and scream like banshees when our names were read. It was amazing because of the combination of team and individual craft awards we won. And it was amazing for me because this year cemented some of the most meaningful career relationships I've ever developed. Investigative work requires another level of messy. It involves trust under fire, strong wills locking horns, unspoken understanding, and a belief that you're in this together--even when it gets so so ugly. This was an awesome moment with Jeremy and Kevin.
We only get 30 seconds on stage to say anything and usually that's more than enough for me, evidenced by the times I've blabbed on senselessly in the past because I lost all composure. But this time I kept it together enough to make a semblance of a speech that I eeked out on our last win of the night in the continuing coverage category.
I had the honor of presenting some of the awards this year with Matt Goldberg, the inceptionizer of the Investigative Unit at KNTV and someone whose name was mentioned repeatedly in thank you speeches throughout the night.
Because I knew I'd at least make it on stage one time to present -- I spent a ridiculous number of minutes searching the internet for an appropriate dress. Only to discover it was in my closet. Where it's been since 1998, literally trucked across the country and back, never worn because I never had the appropriate place to get so glammed up.
The gown is a Tadashi. It was generously donated to the Asian American Journalists Association as a silent auction item for the Chicago convention in 1998, according to Nicole Wong, former journalist and good friend now doing amazing things for Yahoo! In any case--the silent auction people asked me to wear it around to "model" it. Me being me agreed.
So I'm strutting around with this crazy gown safety pinned in key places and one of the sponsors of the event, Skip Rhodes, who had attended many of these functions on behalf of Chevron, eventually put in the winning bid on the gown. It was several hundred dollars -- a crazy amount for a dress to someone who was on financial aid and work study and eating cafeteria food every day. Then he said, "It's yours! Wear it to the Emmys someday," and with a warm smile, that was that. I asked about 17 times if he was sure and I tried to say it was too generous and then I asked if he really was sure and then I accepted the dress, the Tadashi people altered it and sent it to me and then it sat in my closet until this weekend.
The lovely folks at Padis jewelry sponsored the event--a brilliant partnership created by Julie Watts. So all the presenters were allowed to get crazy bling to borrow for the night. So. Fun. And instantly--the Tadashi gown was the exact right dress for this night--glamorous and grown up and a nice complement to crazy amounts of real diamond jewelry. Like I had a Honda Accord on my neck, a Camry on my ears, and a Prius C on my wrists. I equate expensive jewelry with foreign cars.
Kay, pictured on the left--with me and Alexis--saved the day after a mix up with the original necklace I picked out was actually reserved for someone else. She surprised me with the art deco piece you see and it was a perfect fit with the gown.
So Skip--thank you.
The gown you bought at a silent auction in 1998 to support scholarships for Asian American journalism students really was worn to the Emmy Awards in 2014 and it was an extremely lucky charm that brought me home three golden ladies!