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Alumnus takes home an Emmy

By Samantha Pirc

When Ohio University alumni set the bar, they set it high.

Steve Roberts and his EmmyThat's exactly what Steve Roberts and his team at "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" did when they won the first Daytime Entertainment Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Promotional Announcement - Episodic.

It is the first year the Academy of Television Arts and Science has included this category, which recognizes work done to create daily on-air spots that promote daytime programs. As creative director of the show, Roberts was nominated along with six of his colleagues and says he was very excited to have been part of the first group to win.

"There is a lot of work and long hours that go into creating daily promotional spots," Roberts says. "It's nice that it's now recognized."

Other nominations in the category included "Dr. Phil" (syndicated), "All My Children" (ABC) and the "2008 Video Music Awards Host Campaign" (MTV).

The winners for the Creative Arts Emmys were announced Aug. 29 at a gala in Los Angeles hosted by Alex Trebec. The Creative Arts Emmys recognize technical work such as hair, make-up, directing and producing.

Because he works in a unique behind-the-scenes category, Roberts never expected to win an Emmy. "But knowing it's the biggest award in TV was always in my mind and something to strive for," he says. "For [the Academy] to include this category and have that chance of winning was really great."

The Emmy statue is displayed at his office, where the whole group can enjoy the recognition. "It was really a team effort to produce all those spots," he says.

Roberts can now add "Emmy Award Winner" to a long list of accomplishments in the TV industry. After his graduation in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in communications focusing on video production, he began his career as an associate producer for E! Entertainment. He went on to work for BET Action Pay Per View, UPN and Studio City. His work at Studio City included projects for the shows "Roseanne," "3rd Rock from the Sun," "X-Files" and "Spin City," among others.

While he has fulfilled his dream of moving to Los Angeles and working in television, Roberts still has fond memories of his time in Ohio. He returned to Athens last summer for a reunion with his Phi Kappa Tau fraternity brothers.

"Campus has definitely changed, but it still feels like home," he says.

Posted 9/17/2009
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