Alum Wins Emmy for Work on "Al Despertar" Morning Newscast

Ellie Giadáns
Ellie Giadáns, BA '15, wins Emmy for production of WXTV Univision 41-News morning newscast.

Elizabeth "Ellie" Giadáns, a 2015 Columbia journalism graduate and current producer for WXTV Univision 41-News, has received an Emmy for her recent work.

Giadáns was nominated for her newscast, titled "Al Despertar," in the category of Morning Newscast: Larger Markets.

Giadáns was the Hispanic Journalists of Columbia president, a group advised by Communications Associate Professor Elio Leturia.

"These kind of success stories are so fulfilling as an educator! I understand it was not easy for her but her drive and passion is paying off," said Leturia.

According to Leturia, her stories from his Reporting in Spanish course were published by Univision and two stories from his Travel Writing course were published in Wanderer magazine.

"My experience as a news producer has taught me that passion, leadership, camaraderie, diligence and attention to detail are a tightknit recipe for a successful show on a daily basis," she said. "There's a lot of thought put into the show's production, always with our viewers in mind and the information they need to know when waking up, and by being a part of this award further proves we are steering in the right direction for our audience."

"News has always been my number one passion since I was a student, and even back then I could only dream of leading a team," she said.

Giadáns was also previously featured in a video for Leturia’s Reporting in Spanish class, which can be viewed here: