DeKALB – Beni Enas, general manager of Northern Illinois University’s Northern Television Center, is hoping the third time is the charm as she seeks her first local Emmy Award from the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
The nomination comes from her work at WTTW Channel 11 in Chicago covering the Golden Apple Awards ceremony, which recognizes excellence in teaching and school leadership, in 2016. Her previous two nominations came for her work as a line producer with Chicago Tonight.
“This one is especially close to my heart, and I want it so badly because I had my fingerprint on every part of the show from beginning to end,” Enas said. “It’s my baby, so I feel particularly connected.”
Enas added social media elements to the show, such as live-streaming and students’ comments on Twitter about the winning teachers, which she said improved the overall quality and caliber of the production.
The awards ceremony will be Saturday at the Swissotel in Chicago. A live stream of the event will be available on the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences website.
Enas has been at NIU since August 2016, where she also teaches broadcast newswriting and line producing. Before that, she taught full time at Columbia College and part time at the College of DuPage.
She also has worked at CNN, WLS ABC 7 Chicago and Channel One News in Los Angeles and has freelanced at NBC Chicago, CBS Chicago and FOX News Chicago.
“I love it here [at NIU],” Enas said. “It’s a thriving television center, and it’s as close to the real thing as students are going to get.”
As general manager of the television center, Enas supervises the students that make “NTC News Tonight,” a 25-minute newscast recorded every Thursday afternoon.