I would like to spend some time today bragging about how proud I am of my Emmy award winning friend and fellow Visual Journalist Stephen McGee.
Last night at the 28th Annual Emmy News & Documentary awards The Detroit Free Press (where Steve works as a staff Visual Journalist) claimed an Emmy for their “Michigan Marines: Band of Brothers” series in the Current News Coverage for Broadband category.
“It was cool that Dan Rather handed us the award. He is a traditional journalist and he handed us a non-traditional journalism award” Steve told me as we celebrated briefly over the phone today. Steve had the opportunity to meet Rather before the award ceremony after a perfect stranger (a woman of course) tied his bow tie for him.
“I’m pretty sure that he (Rather) did not know how to pronounce the name of our paper’s website” Steve said. Rather opened the envelope and pulled it farther from his face and attempted to say freep.com. “Six others from the paper stood up, with me as I buttoned the top two buttons on my Tuxedo” Steve said.
The rest is history.
The paper was nominated for three Emmy’s total “We were up against some pretty tough competition” Steve told me. That competition included The Washington Post, National Geographic, PBS, etc. Here is a List of the Emmy nominations
The Results as reported by The Detroit Free Press.
Steve and I have been praying these verses in Psalm 37 for years as we have ventured down this path of visual storytelling with the vision and dream that our work would be a conduit and catalyst for people to somehow encounter God. Emmy recognition or not God has been working through our prayers.
See video series here
One of my favorite videos within the series that Steve produced.
Many congratulations to Steve for his fine video and production work that helped make this story so powerful. Steve, you are truly a great photographer and more importantly a great man .
This is a photograph I took of Steve in June 2007 while we were at his parents house in West Virginia for some reconnect and relaxation time. This was right after he and Brian Kaufman (another gifted Visual Journalist who also works at The Detroit Free Press) spoke to a group of non-profit leaders about the role of multimedia in furthering their mission. Steve is a busy man.