I am excited to announce that one of our actors in Beautiful Thing has been nominated for a Chicago/Midwest Emmy Award! Michelle McKenzie-Voigt, who plays my mum (Sandra) in the show, has been nominated as a member of the Chicago Tonight staff in Category 10B: Outstanding Achievement for Public Affairs/Current Affairs Programming. Chicago Tonight, which first went on the air in 1984, is a nightly news/public affairs/entertainment program that airs LIVE Monday through Thursday from 7 to 8pm on WTTW Channel 11, the PBS station in Chicago.
In addition to Michelle’s “regular” job at WTTW as Facilities Manager, she is also a twice-weekly Segment Producer for Chicago Tonight. This is her fourth nomination; Michelle was nominated previously in the Individual Achievement category, once as talent and twice as Director for Chicago Tonight.
The Emmy Award ceremony is Sunday, November 18. She writes, “I cannot attend, as I have the sitzprobe that night for the musical COMPANY. But I will be sitting with cell phone in hand! And I am deeply honored to be included in the ‘company’ of my fellow Chicago Tonight colleagues, as this nomination is really for the program itself.”
Here’s how the nomination actually reads. Note that there are only two nominees in this category:
Category #10-b Outstanding Achievement for Public Affairs/Current Affairs Programming – Series (Award to Producer/Host/Reporter)
- · Chicago Tonight (composite): Mary Field, Executive Producer; Jay Smith, Supervising Producer; Phil Ponce, Host; Carol Marin, Segment Host; Elizabeth Brackett, Eddie Arruza, Segment Hosts/Correspondents; Jay Shefsky, Senior Producer/Correspondent; Paris Schutz, Producer/Correspondent; Ash-har Quraishi, Correspondent; Alexandra Silets, Marc Vitali, Christine Hurley, Yasmin Rammohan, Beni Enas, Paul Caine, Michelle McKenzie-Voigt, Producers. WTTW· Ñ BEAT: Edgar Vargas, Producer; Theresa Gutierrez, Host/Producer; John Garcia, Stacey Baca, Reporters. WLS
Here’s hoping I have good news to report on Monday, November 19! Until next time, have a beautiful weekend!