UofM Professor and Students Win Regional Emmy

Craig Leake and class regional Emmy picture

Craig Leake, associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Memphis, and his communication students received a regional Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The award was announced Jan. 31 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville.

Tying with two other films in the Documentary/Topical category, "Inside Story·was produced by Associate Professor Craig Leake, with the assistance of students enrolled in the COMM 4892 Film & Video Production class. The film reveals the intimate and compelling work of storyteller Elaine Blanchard, who teaches female prison inmates how to write about their lives before incarceration in a program called Prison Stories.

"Inside Story" is the fourth documentary produced by Leake to be nominated for regional Emmys during his 10 years teaching at the UofM. Two of those four nominated films won Emmys. Before joining the faculty, Leake worked for television network news divisions and received five National Emmys and a number of other major awards for his non-fiction filmmaking.

Dr. Richard R. Ranta. dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts announced recently that Leake has been named the CCFA Benjamin Rawlins Professor for 20l5-2017. 

For more information about film studies at the U of M, contact the Department of Communication at 901.678.2565.