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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