Emmys 2013: Category 20-h Winner Maria Elena Ponticiello

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Maria Elena Ponticiello is a entertainment reporter for Telemundo Chicago. This year she won Emmys for Outstanding Crafts Achievement for On-Camera Talent — Program/Host/Moderator, and Outstanding Achievement for Special Event Coverage for her contributions to the Telemundo Chicago Auto Show 2012.

My mother often said to me: “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life”. This quote made an impression on me, and luckily for the past 18 years, I have woken up every morning thanking destiny for allowing me to do exactly what I love the most. However, my perspective about my job took on a whole different meaning when I won my first Emmy back in 2008.  It became clear to me then that  not only was I fortunate  enough to have found my true passion, but that  other professionals in my field were acknowledging that passion and rewarding my efforts.

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To think that my work in their eyes was worth the most prestigious recognition there is in the television industry inspired me to become a better journalist, and a better mentor for those who wish to pursue this wonderful profession.

This year the Emmy Ceremony was particularly special; not only because I won the two statuettes that I was nominated for, but also because my daughters were old enough to be  very involved in the whole pre-ceremony process. They could not wait for the day to arrive, and when it finally did, the excitement in their faces was priceless. Their little hands helped me put bobby pins in my hair so that my up-do would stay in place, they helped me put my outfit together, and they gave me ideas of what to include in my speech.  Having their involvement reminds me of why I work the long hours and why every day I work to be an inspiration to them.

I hope that the eight Emmys that I have been blessed to win since 2008 — prominently displayed  at our home —  help to remind my girls that dreams do come true and that work can become pleasure when you do what you love. That is the message that my mother always taught me and that I am hoping to pass along to my lovely children.

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Emmys 2013: Category 14 Winner Sarah Moshman

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November 3rd, 2013 was a magical evening. To fully explain how special it was to win an Emmy that night I must start the story from the beginning.

For as long as I could form memories there have been Emmys all around my house. My Dad, Harvey Moshman won his first when I was 1 year old and over the course of his career in making quality television has won 26 of those beautiful golden statues. So when I say Emmys were everywhere – I mean in my living room, dining room, broken on the Christmas tree and one in my room so I could hold it in front of the mirror and practice my future acceptance speech. The Emmy has always been the symbol of excellence in my house and in my world. And although my humble father has never made it seem like an award was the mark of a good producer, I knew receiving that honor someday would somehow validate me and my career and put me in the same league as someone as talented and focused as him.

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That’s why on November 3rd, when our project was called as the winner of the Human Interest Category it was not only meaningful to the Girls on the Run organization, my family and friends, and to my amazing producing partner Dana Michelle Cook, it was a culmination of a dream I have had for myself for as long as I can remember. I will take this honor with me for the rest of my life and now I am seeing my old friend Emmy in a whole new way. I know now more than ever I am doing what I am meant to do I am so grateful to everyone involved in making this dream a reality.

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