News & Documentary Emmy Award nominee alumni Jason Spingarn-Koff, Singeli Agnew, Professor Lowell Bergman, Carrie Lozano and Andrés Cediel. (left to right)
News & Documentary Emmy Award nominee alumni Jason Spingarn-Koff, Singeli Agnew, Professor Lowell Bergman, Carrie Lozano and Andrés Cediel. (left to right)

Several J-School alumni and others with strong ties to the Graduate School of Journalism were among the red carpet glitterati that attended this year’s 35th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards ceremony in New York City.

There were nominations in at least eight different categories, from breaking news to long-form investigations. Nominees included Carrie Lozano (’05), Andrés Cediel (’04), John Holland (’85), Martin Smith (’69), Singeli Agnew (’07) and Jason Spingarn-Koff (’01). Former J-School lecturers also nominated included Barbara Ehrenreich, Steve Fainaru and Mark Katches.

Lozano and Agnew received an Emmy under the category “Outstanding Investigative Journalism in a News Magazine” for their work on “Fault Lines: Haiti in a Time of Cholera” for Al Jazeera America.

“In addition to shedding light on the continuing cholera epidemic in Haiti, we hope that the Emmy raises awareness of the quality of Al Jazeera America’s programs and news,” said Lozano.

Spingarn-Koff received an Emmy under the category “New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle and Culture” for his New York Times piece “A Short History of the Highrise.”

J-School Professor Lowell Bergman and lecturer and alumnus Cediel were nominated under the category “Outstanding Investigative Journalism—Long Form” for their work on Frontline’s, “Rape in the Fields,” a year-long investigation that examined sexual assault of American field workers. The story came from then-student Linsay Rousseau Burnett (’10) during her summer internship at the J-School and later became her thesis.

“Rape in the Fields” involved a collaboration between Frontline, Univision, The Center for Investigative Reporting and UC Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program.

“The Emmy nominations and awards are a fitting recognition of our alums’ outstanding achievements across a wide range of media and a reminder that the Berkeley J-School’s intensive approach to journalism training produces incomparable graduates,” said J-School Dean Edward Wasserman.

Other nominees included Holland under the category “Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast” for his Today/NBC Nightly News piece on “Military Death Benefits Denied During Government Shutdown.”

Smith was nominated under the categories “Outstanding Coverage of a Current News Story—Long Form” and “Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting—Long Form” (two nominations) for his work on Frontline’s “Egypt in Crisis” and “The Retirement Gamble and The Untouchables.”

“The J-School laid a strong foundation for my work in journalism and documentary film and remains an integral part of my life,” said Lozano.

View more of this year’s nominations at the Emmys.


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About Sarah McClure

Sarah McClure is a Master's candidate in the Graduate School of Journalism. She is studying multimedia journalism and covers the environment and Latin America.