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March 27, 2013

RSU students Ammons, Hoffman honored with Emmys

CLAREMORE — Not many college students can list “Emmy-winner” on their resumes. Two Rogers State University students, however, have joined those elite ranks.

Jessica Ammons, a communication arts senior from Claremore, and Kevin Hoffman, a liberal arts senior from Catoosa, both earned Heartland Emmy awards for their production work for their work on RSU Public TV’s original programs.
Ammons earned her Emmy in 2011 for her work on the station’s “Will Rogers and American Politics,” which has earned more awards than any other show in the station’s history. 
Hoffman earned his award the following year for an episode of “Green Country Perspectives with Sam Jones.”
Ammons originally attended RSU to take a writing class for fun and ended up staying to get a degree. 
She began working at the TV station as a volunteer and held that position for two years. She became more involved and ended up working as an intern. 
Ammons decided she wanted to do more at the station, so asked if she might work on one of the documentaries.
“I started out as an assistant, doing anything they needed me to do,” Ammons said. “I ended up, due to my availability, flying around the country, conducting interviews with all the celebrities and becoming associate producer.”
Ammons traveled to Hollywood, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Louisiana to conduct interviews with scholars, historians and authors, as well as notable celebrities such as screen star Mickey Rooney, comedian Lewis Black and retired Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
Ammons was not able to attend the awards ceremony, so she received her notice via text message. She was sitting in church and got the text, “You now own an Emmy.” She says it feels like such an accomplishment to win this while in school.
Ammons wants to continue to work on producing historical documentaries once she graduates. She feels like winning such a prestigious award will give her an advantage in finding a job.

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