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KWWL & McElroy Trust to be awarded prestigious Emmy

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MINNEAPOLIS (KWWL) -

One of the most distinguished awards given to broadcasters in the Midwest is going to KWWL this year.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is honoring KWWL and the R.J. McElroy Trust with the Board of Governors Emmy.

The award is being given based on the longstanding partnership between KWWL and the McElroy Trust through the Gold Star program.

The Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching is in its 28th year. An independent committee of community volunteers selects 10 incredible Gold Star teachers from hundreds of nominations every year. This year, the McElroy Trust received 1,270 nominations from just one county.

Viewers then learn all about these standouts in the classroom through KWWL's storytelling before the McElroy Trust holds a raucous ceremony where students, friends and family members can cheer them on.

Gold Star recipients also receive $1,000 cash individually and $500 for a classroom project.

The Upper Midwest Chapter calls the Governors Emmy the most prestigious Regional Emmy Award in their chapter.

You can learn more about the Gold Star Award and watch the video that was entered right here.

KWWL & the McElroy Trust will be honored at an awards show at the Mall of America next month.

That same night, other Regional Emmys will be awarded and KWWL has been nominated for 5 this year.

That includes 2 newscasts (Daytime & Evening).

Also, KWWL's Ron Steele has nominated for an investigative story about Russ Wasendorf, called "Imaginary Empire."

KWWL's Ally Crutcher received a Regional Emmy nomination for digging deeper into Iowa's mental health system. Her story focused on how a Waterloo family waited 5 days for a psychiatric bed to open for their daughter.

KWWL's Jerry Gallagher was nominated for a story that put eyewitnesses to the test.

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