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Salahis and WTTG big winners at local Emmys

[This entry has been updated]

White House party crashers Michaele and Tareq Salahi -- the couple who keep on giving to news media -- gave once again, this time benefiting Washington Fox station WTTG (Channel 5), which was honored Saturday for its report "Salahis Exposed" at the 52nd annual regional Emmy Awards.

The Salahis have to share this honor with President Obama (which we're guessing is just peachy with them) because Washington NBC station WRC (Channel 4) was also a winner in that category -- Continuing Coverage Within 24 Hours -- for its report "Inauguration of Barack Obama."

Obama's inauguration fared well in the local Emmy competition, held at the Ritz Carlton hotel here and honoring TV work produced during 2009.

WTTG's 5 p.m. news coverage, "Gearing Up for the Inauguration," snagged a statuette for best daytime newscast and, under the heading "The 2009 Presidential Inaugural Weekend," WTTG's 5 p.m. news was also named best Continuing Coverage -- No Time Limit. In that derby, WTTG shared victory with Richmond CBS station WTVR's "Gaines Family Tragedy & Triumph," about a retired couple who had to live in their fire-damaged home because they had no homeowners insurance and nowhere to go.

It was one of many categories in which more than one winner was announced.

That's because, as Sue Ann Staake-Wayne, president of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter, explained earlier in the week, the local Emmys are not a horserace like those national Emmy competitions. "We award excellence -- there can be one winner, none, or multiple," she said. All told, the local academy chapter reports that out of some 230 nominees, 115 went home winners.

So don't be confused when you start seeing promos for Leon Harris of Washington's ABC station, WJLA (Channel 7), and Steve Chenevey of WTTG claiming each as the Emmy winner for best news anchor. Both are telling the truth.

But Brett Haber of WUSA (Channel 9) once again stands alone as the best sports anchor in the region.

WRC was also feted for best evening newscast; on the other hand, so was WJLA. They were the only two nominees this year. WRC also copped the win for best morning newscast, but WUSA's was named best weekend newscast.

Though the local academy chapter says its Emmys are not a horserace, the organization noted after the ceremony that WTTG had clocked the most wins among all stations in our region, with 10.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  June 7, 2010; 1:02 PM ET
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