NIU Journalism major wins Emmy

Jorge Rodas

Jorge Rodas

NIU student Jorge Rodas made history Sunday.

A journalism major in the Department of Communication, Rodas is the first NIU student to win a Student Production Award from the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the organization that produces the annual Emmy® awards.

Rodas won his award in the category of General Assignment TV Reporting for “Pension Games,” an investigative feature on the State of Illinois pension system.

“Winning this award means the world to me,” Rodas said. “I looked over at Mr. May when they announced my story as the winner and the look on his face was priceless. I’ll never forget seeing him like that. This award is just as much his as it is mine.”

Along with NIU student Candice Beasley and alumna Lauren Scott, Rodas was one of three NIU students nominated for awards, which were presented at the annual NATAS Regional Emmy® Awards event in Chicago.

Candice Beasley, Jorge Rodas (winner) and Lauren Scott

Candice Beasley, Jorge Rodas (winner) and Lauren Scott

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