DETROIT – John Pompeo, a graduate of De La Salle’s last Detroit class, received an Emmy from the Michigan Chapter of National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The award was presented Saturday night at the organization’s 40th annual ceremony held at Motor City Casino Hotel’s Sound Board Theatre in Detroit.
Pompeo, along with WDIV colleagues Steve Garagiola and Jamal Bransford, beat out eight other nominees in the Feature News Report – Light Feature category. The three-minute piece, titled ‘Jerks are Doing it Right’ (below) was about aggressive drivers in construction zones.
“It was a great evening and it’s always a great honor to have your work singled out as some of the best on the business,” said Pompeo, who has won 16 Emmys. He has been nominated 59 times.
Pompeo, a 1982 graduate of De La Salle, is a veteran photojournalist of local television news for more than 30 years. He has worked in Lansing, Flint, San Francisco, and Detroit.
A lifelong Michigan State fan, Pompeo earned two Bachelor’s of Arts degrees – in Journalism and in Telecommunications – from MSU. He also has a Master’s in Communications from Wayne State University.
Aside from his Emmys, Pompeo has been honored with numerous Associated Press and Michigan Association of Broadcasters honors. He’s also a past recipient of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award, and a Michigan Photographer of the Year from NATAS-Michigan Chapter.
The Michigan Chapter of the NATAS is the most recognized non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of excellence in television. The Emmy is a distinct honor awarded to TV professionals. Judges, representing EMMY selection committees in other parts of the country, scored the Michigan nominations based on content, creativity and execution of work.