EMC grads win Mid-South Regional Emmy awards!

1.Rising Star Award: Nic Dugger

2.Newscast/Daytime: Holly Thompson-Lynch for work on the "Operation Tennessee Waltz: Political Corruption" story

3.New Special Event: Cam Cornelius for "Surviving Severe Weather"

4.Special Event/Live: Carlos Johnson for "4th on 4"

5.Editor/Short Form: Adam Mills composite reel

6. Historical/Documentary Jim De Marco shares an Emmy for his work on "The Carter Family" documentary

Here are some EMC graduates who are having successful careers in electronic media:


E-mail: hthompso@wsmv.com

Holly Thompson joined the WSMV news team in June of 1997 as a general assignment reporter. She's literally tried every hat in the television business, producing, shooting, writing, editing, anchoring, reporting and even spending some time as a weathercaster at the CBS affiliate in the tri-cities (Johnson City, Bristol, Kingsport).

Holly sharpened her reporting skills while in St. Louis and Washington D.C. She graduated with Distinction of University Honors from Middle Tennessee State University, receiving her degree in Mass Communications.

You can see her co-anchoring Channel 4's morning show "Channel 4 News Today", "Channel 4 News at Noon" and "More at Midday". Holly is the spokesperson for the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition. She has served as a "Big Sister" in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program and a board member of the American Heart Association.

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Email: nvancamp@wsmv.com

Nancy began her broadcast career at a West Virginia radio station, where she performed as an on-air personality and advertising copywriter. She later moved to Nashville and attended Middle Tennessee State University. There, she completed her communication degree with an emphasis in journalism.

She is now a meteorologist after obtaining her degree from Mississippi State University. Meanwhile, she anchors the weekend weather desk at WSMV. You'll also find her reporting on the weekday evening newscasts. During the past four years, she has promoted responsible pet ownership in her series, "Friends For Life," which appeared on the early morning and midday news.


E-mail: asolomon@wsmv.com

Aaron Solomon grew up in Woodbury, Tenn., a small city just east of Murfreesboro. Aaron graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1994 with a B.S. in mass communications. Several internships in Nashville and putting in many hours at the university station helped Aaron gets his first TV gig.

After graduation, Aaron found himself at WAAY-TV in Huntsville, Ala. His stint in Huntsville was brief, and he moved on to WBKO-TV in Bowling Green, Ky. There he did "color commentary" for Western Kentucky basketball and worked with the coaches' shows in addition to reporting and anchoring.

In March 1996, Aaron moved to WSMV-TV in Nashville, Tennessee, primarily as a sports reporter. He is now the morning news anchor. Aaron has covered sports from the Tennessee Titans to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

Aaron is married.to wife Angie, and the two have one son, Grant.


E-Mail: nparanjape@wmctv.com

Nick Paranjape grew up in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1991 focusing on the area of braodcast journalism.

In 1992, Nick moved to Jackson, Tennessee, to become a part of the WBBJ station. In 1994, Nick moved to Tupelo, Mississippi to work at WTVA where he received the Best Sports Feature Reporting from 1995-1998. In 1998, Nick returned to his homestate and joined the FOX team at WVLT/FOX43 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

In 2001, Nick moved to the home of the Memphis Grizzlies and joined the sports team at WMC-TV in Memphis, Tennessee. He covers the Grizzlies and local Memphis sports from high schools to college.

Nick enjoys spending time with his wife, Lori and his dog Baxter.

MARK MARTIN (Photojournalist-WTVF-TV)

Mark Martin, an MTSU graduate, is currently chief photographer and network operations manager at WTVF-TV in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2003, Martin along with reporter Dana Kaye followed the 101st Airborne into Iraq to provide local coverage for the Nashville station. ( Read full story)

KEN STRICKLAND (White House Producer- NBC)

Ken Strickland graduated from MTSU in 1989. He is currently the White House producer for NBC News. He has worked with WKRN-TV (Ch.2), CNN, and NBC's Dateline. ( Read full story) Ken also won a Peabody Award for a documentary during his time at an NBC affiliate in Birmingham, Alabama.

STEVE DICKERT (Market Manager, Cumulus Radio, Nashville)

Stephen Dickert graduated in the first class of Mass Communication majors in 1975. His career in radio has spanned 30 years in the Nashville market. He has worked as both news reporter and on-air personality at WGNS Mufreesboro and presently at WKDA/WKDF Nashville where he has worked since 1972. He was also Operations Manager of WKDA/WKDF. Stephen is Market Manager for Cumulus Radio in Nashville. He frequently donates his time to visiting and speaking to Electronic Media Communication classes and students, and has taught the course in Electronic Media Programming as Adjunct Instructor for the department.

KEN JOBE (Vice-President of News - WHBQ-TV, Memphis)

Ken Jobe is currently the Vice-President of News at WHBQ-TV Memphis, the FOX O&O. Earlier in his career, Ken was news director and assistant news director at the NBC station in Memphis, WMC-TV (1993-1998). More recently, he was the news director at WWJ and WKBD in Detroit, the CBS/UPN duopoly (2001-2003). Before that, he was the news director at WLWT-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio (1999-2001), and the assistant news director at WABC-TV in New York (1998-1999). His first broadcast management job was at WCPO-TV in Cincinnati as executive producer (1989-1993).


E-Mail: ahatcher@wkrn.com

Allison attended MTSU and earned a degree in Broadcast Journalism. After graduation she came on board with News 2 as an Associate Producer. In August of 2000, Allison moved to Evansville, Indiana and began working as a general assignment reporter with WEHT-ABC25. While in Indiana, Allison says her most unique opportunity came when she signed a partnership with the Indiana Department of Education to travel across the state as a public speaker. In 6 months, Allison visited nearly 100 schools and spoke to more than 100,000 students about the importance of making sound decisions and getting involved in extra-curricular activities. "I considered it an honor to be in a position to share my own experiences in hopes of helping young people realize their own potential."

Allison returned to WKRN in June of 2002 - this time as a General Assignment Reporter. She began anchoring the weekend newscasts in 2004. In 2006, she moved from weekend evening anchor, to weekday evening anchor. Allison enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, cooking and playing piano.

Celebrating excellence in Tennessee high schools media arts, the 2015 BLUE SPARK AWARDS presentation was conducted on April 25, 2015. To see the winners, visit http://www.emcmtsu.com/spark/
This annual competition allows Tennessee high school students to showcase their creative and technical skills in producing short films, music videos, animation, photography, newscasts, and new media.
Instructions for entering the 2016 BLUE SPARK AWARDS will be announced later this year.

For complete information about the BLUE SPARK AWARDS, go to http://emcmtsu.com/spark/