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Anthony Mirones certainly is no Susan Lucci.
The Crittenden resident recently won his eighth Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
“It’s frightening,” Mirones said. “When your see the names up there and you know they’re about to name the winner, you just kind of cringe and hope and pray. When I win, it’s a relief off my back.
“You do it for the passion of it and to tell decent stories,” he said. “I do it to try to put meaning behind whatever the issue is.”
Mirones was nominated twice for his broadcasting and multi-media work for WCPO TV in Cincinnati and www.Kypost.com.
He was nominated for an investigative story called “Ambulance Storage” and took home the hardware for a feature piece called “Love ofFair.”
For the winning story, Mirones followed John Walton, who has not missed the Boone County Fair in more than half a century.
“He pretty much runs the Boone County Fair,” Mirones said. “The man has his hand in everything. I did a story through his eyes.”
Mirones is the president of the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
The 16-year broadcast veteran also was recently awarded best photographer and runner-up in the category of best use of photography at the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters awards.
“Considering some of the best TV photographers in the country are in Ohio, I was shocked to have been a finalist, let alone win,” Mirones said. “I have taken second before and even won best use of photography from the AP before, but this was a first for me.”
He started his career in Findlay, Ohio as an all-around employee who ran audio, camera, produced, wrote, reported and anchored the 10 O’Clock news.
From there, Mirones graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication from Bluffton College.
Along with working with WCPO, Mirones has partnered the past six years to create Clifton’s Edge, a multi-media outlet specializing in media relations and Internet storytelling.
Through that venture, he operates the high school sports Web site, www.trischoolsports.com.
The video Web site, which Mirones calls his passion, features sports events from four area high schools: Grant County, Williamstown, Simon-Kenton and Walton-Verona.
“The students at these schools seldom receive any coverage because they are so far away from Cincinnati and Lexington,” he said. “It just isn’t feasible for the media to travel 40 minutes out and get back before making their 10 or 11 p.m. newscasts. So I thought, show up and give the kids what they deserve, and a lot of it. I will post every highlight captured and show sidebar stories about the band, cheerleaders, fans, boosters, basically anything positive happening.”
While the recognition is nice, Mirones said he knows he cannot stop working hard.
“All the awards I’ve ever won only tells people how good I was last year,” he said. “It doesn’t tell people how good I was today.”