Gold & Silver Circle News Recipients

2014 Emmy® Silver Circle Honorees

Gold & Silver Circle Awards
Gold & Silver Circle Awards

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences-Upper Midwest Chapter is proud to recognize the 2014 Silver Circle Recipients.  Honorees will receive their awards at the 2014 Upper Midwest Regional Emmy® Gala on September 13th at Target Field in downtown Minneapolis, MN. Click here to see a list of Gold & Silver Circle Honorees from 2000-Present.

These individuals have made a significant contribution to the television industry well above and beyond that required by their job.  We honor their dedication and service to the industry, to NATAS, to the community and to people training for a career in the field.

Nominees answer to the highest standards of integrity and honor in all aspects of their personal and professional lives. Nominations are accepted from the performing, creative, technical or administrative roles within the industry or in peripheral areas directly related to television such as commercial production, journalism or education. Neither nominators nor nominees need to be members of NATAS.   The Gold & Silver Award Committee reviews all nominees past and present to make a recommendation to the NATAS-Upper Midwest Board of Governors.  This year, our Boar of Governor’s voted and approved the following honorees.


Kevin Cooney - KCCI-TV
Kevin Cooney KCCI-TV

Kevin Cooney joined KCCI-TV in the production department while still in high school, began sports reporting in 1972 and moved into the news department full-time in 1974 after graduating from Iowa State University. He’s been anchoring KCCI’s newscasts since 1982 — after spending two years at KNTV in San Jose, Calif.  Kevin has covered many major events for KCCI, including the Flood of 1993 and the inaugurations of Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Kevin interviewed President George H. Bush onboard Air Force One, and he interviewed President Clinton in the White House just hours after the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.  Read more…

Mollie Cooney KCCI-TV
Mollie Cooney

Mollie Cooney was born in Clarinda, IA, but she grew up in Des Moines and graduated from Roosevelt High School. Mollie earned her journalism and political science degrees at Iowa State University.  Mollie’s career at KCCI NewsChannel 8 started in 1976 when she began working as a reporter/anchor. In 1979, she left to work for KNTV-TV in San Jose, Calif. Then in 1982, Mollie and her husband, Kevin, rejoined the KCCI staff.  Read More… 


Pat Kessler WCCO-TV
Pat Kessler

Pat Kessler knows Minnesota politics. He’s been on the beat at WCCO-TV longer than any other TV reporter in the Twin Cities, covering state government, politics, campaigns and conventions since 1984.   Pat “pulls back the curtain” on what’s happening in government with stories both amusing and annoying, as well as reporting information you need to know to keep up on the issues that affect you most.  And Pat’s popular “Reality Check” segments separate fact from fiction in a political world that is often more fiction than fact.  Read more…

Tom Hauser KSTP-TVTom Hauser started at 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS in September 1992, after reporting and news anchoring jobs in Austin, Minnesota; Fort Myers, Florida; and Des Moines, Iowa. After covering the law enforcement beat in the Twin Cities for several years, Tom began covering Minnesota politics in 1997. He hosts the 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS “At Issue” public affairs program on Sunday mornings. In 2002, Tom authored “Inside the Ropes with Jesse Ventura,” a book about the remarkable four-year term of Governor Jesse Ventura.  Read more…

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