Standing ten inches tall, a winged, golden angel holds an atom above her head. Embracing this statuette is Anna Daly, NNU graduate and recipient of the 2013 Regional Emmy for the best morning news. To applause and stage lights, this television producer accepted her first Emmy, only a year after graduating.
As producer of KTVB’s “Today’s Morning News,” not only one but three of Daly’s shows were nominated for the award that stands for excellence in the television industry. Her productions were compared to other morning news shows in Alaska, Idaho, Mont., Ore. and Wash., before being selected to receive the Regional Emmy. While ecstatic for the prize, Anna knows this award is just a step along her career as a news show producer—an Emmy is a good place to start.
Born and raised in Boise, Anna graduated from NNU in 2012 with a degree in communication. Through connections at the university, she started as an intern with KTVB helping produce the evening news the summer of her junior year. She continued through her senior year and was offered a job at the station after graduation.
“It’s not a glamorous job,” says Daly, “I go to work at 11:30 p.m. and work through the night writing and scripting the next morning’s news, but it’s worth it. I love story telling and as the producer I get to write and be creative every day.”
Her morning news colleague, news anchor Doug Petcash says of Daly, “She is definitely a key player in the continued success of ‘Today’s Morning News.’ Plus, she’s a joy to work with. She always works hard, has a great attitude and has become a solid journalist that I trust.”
Anna’s career is just starting. “I love what I do; I keep our region informed.” She hopes to continue doing just that. The path of a producer often starts with the morning news and then, if things go well, to the daytime or primetime shows.
Apparently, things are going well, and Anna recently accepted a promotion. She is now the producer for KTVB’s “News at 6.” “We’re happy for Anna’s success and that she got promoted to a different newscast, but we certainly miss her,” says Petcash. For Daly, good things are ahead and behind her.