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Robertson School alumni honored with Emmy Awards

Aug 11, 2020

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Robertson School alumnus and advisory board member Jesse Vaughan received the prestigious Ted Yates Award.

Several alumni of the broadcast journalism program at the Robertson School of Media and Culture were honored with Emmy Awards of the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences this weekend. 

Robertson School alumnus and advisory board member Jesse Vaughan was honored with the prestigious Ted Yates Award, which is named for the late NBC News producer Ted Yates and is given to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding professional and personal qualities in their contribution to television news and public affairs. 

Vaughan has had an extraordinary career since graduating from the Robertson School's broadcast journalism program in 1980. The Robertson School and VCU honored Vaughan with the induction to the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame in 2018 and the recognition as an Alumni Star in 2013. Vaughan has been a strong supporter of the Robertson School and a mentor to its students as an alumnus.

In addition to the Ted Yates Award, Vaughan won three Emmy Awards at the virtual ceremony for his work for Virginia State University. During the three decades as a film director and producer, he has now won 33 Emmy Awards. You can watch Vaughan's acceptance speech on the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter's website (starts at minute 48:30). 

Robertson School alumni and television anchors Aaron Gilchrist and Candice Smith were also honored with Emmy Awards at the ceremony. Gilchrist won an Emmy with his team at NBC 4 in Washington, D.C. for best morning newscast in larger markets. Smith won an Emmy with her team at NBC 12 in Richmond for best morning newscast in medium markets. 

"We are so excited for Jesse Vaughan, Aaron Gilchrist and Candice Smith and this well-deserved recognition of their work," said Robertson School Director Dr. Marcus Messner. "It makes all of us at the Robertson School beam with pride."