Blue Mountain Television Receives Award for News Coverage

Blue Mountain Television recently won two international awards for news coverage of last year’s Columbia Complex Fire.Source: Blue Mountain Television

[March 13, 2007] Blue Mountain Television recently won two international awards for news coverage of last year’s Columbia Complex Fire.

Dan Thesman, Station Manager/Reporter; Lowell Mann, Editor; and Dan Pyke, Photojournalist, were awarded two bronze Telly awards for their work covering the lightning-sparked wild land fire which destroyed several homes, more than 109,000 acres and required a mandatory evacuation of Dayton General Hospital.

“This was one of the worst fires I’ve seen working in television,” said Thesman. “There was so much happening. As people were losing their homes, men and women from around the world were racing to Eastern Washington to do whatever they could to try to put it out. There were several extremely tense moments; however, I’m proud of the teamwork we had in providing our viewers continuing coverage.”

The Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions. The 28th Annual Telly Awards received over 13,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents.

Blue Mountain News, seen Monday through Thursday nights at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., on channels 21, 28, 36 and cable 13, is produced in cooperation with Blue Mountain Television and Walla Walla College’s Department of Communications.