A Frankfort native and Western Hills High School graduate won an Emmy Saturday for his work as a reporter for a local TV news station.
Sean Moody, a reporter for Lexington’s WKYT, was awarded an Emmy Saturday at the Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Awards, held at the Belterra Casino in Florence, Ind.
“It’s kind of validating I guess, because I’m a rookie – this is my first gig,” said Moody, who’s only been at WKYT for about two years. “It’s neat to see some tangible feedback.”
Moody shares the award with WKYT photographer John Wilson. The two won the Emmy for their piece titled, “Bring Bowe Home,” which was shot last summer in Frankfort.
The story centered around Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only known POW in Afghanistan, and the effort to bring him home. A group of veterans – many of whom were from the Task Force Omega organization, which works to bring POWs home – gathered at the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial last year to bring awareness to Bergdahl’s fight to return home and to honor POWs from previous wars.
According to http://bringbowehomewod.com, Bergdahl, of Hailey, Idaho, was captured in June 2009 by a Taliban-allied Afghan insurgent group, and has been held prisoner ever since.
Moody said the interaction among other veterans and POWs made for a “perfect” story. Particularly inspiring was former World War II POW Joseph Milliner, of Louisville.
“It was gold,” Moody said. “Looking at him, as a POW of his day, coming to support a current POW – it was just a neat story.”
Moody said it was Wilson’s idea to do the segment after he received an email about Bergdahl and the local effort to bring him home. The two came to Frankfort on their day off to work on the story.
As a Frankfort native, Moody said it was an honor to do an award-winning piece on something in his hometown.
“It’s neat to be able to work in this industry in your home area,” Moody said. “I enjoy being this close to Frankfort.”
Editor's note: In a previous version, Moody was incorrectly identified as an anchor for WKYT. The mistake has been corrected and we regret the error.