Eyewitness News honored with 12 Emmy nominations

Eyewitness News honored with 12 Emmy nominations »Play Video
Eyewitness News anchors Kurt Rivera and Lisa Krch speak Tuesday, April 26, 2011, during an Emmy nomination party at Bakersfield's Camino Real Mexican Restaurant.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — KBAK and KBFX are Bakersfield's only English-language television stations this year to receive Emmy nominations for outstanding TV news coverage.

The nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences were unveiled Tuesday night at Bakersfield's Camino Real Mexican Restaurant.

Eyewitness News received 12 nominations, which is believed to be the most Emmy nominations ever for a single station in the Bakersfield market. Both KBAK and KBFX, Bakersfield's CBS and Fox affiliates, respectively, are operated by Seattle-based Fisher Communications Inc.

Among the nominations were Best Evening Newscast and Best News Special, both for coverage of last July's Bull and West fires in the Kern River Valley and Tehachapi areas.

Watch the nominated Documentary - 'When Kern Burned'↓

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A pair of weekend newscasts are under consideration, as is Leyla Santiago's political coverage in "Truth & Promises," a look into campaign promises made by Kern County supervisors.

See all three parts of 'Truth & Promises' >>

Emmy winners will be announced in June in San Diego.

It was announced just last week that KBAK is Bakersfield's only TV station this year to win regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in electronic journalism. The Radio Television Digital News Association also honored KBAK's wildfire coverage, granting it awards for hard-news reporting, documentary and newscast.

And last month, KBAK won an Associated Press Television-Radio Association annual Mark Twain Award for the "When Kern Burned" wildfire documentary.

Documentary - 'When Kern Burned': An Eyewitness News special, Part I

Watch Part II and Part III of "When Kern Burned."