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"Sniper ’66" nominated for Lone Star Emmy

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
September 24, 2007

“Sniper ’66,” a documentary created by Texas State University-San Marcos public history graduate student Whitney Milam, has been nominated for “Best Historical Documentary” by the Lone Star Emmy committee.

Milam’s documentary, which examines the Charles Whitman murders at the University of Texas Tower on Aug. 1, 1966, was broadcast on KTBC-Fox 7 in Austin , KDFW-Fox 4 in Dallas , and KRIV-Fox 26 in Houston .

“I am extremely proud to have been acknowledged by my peers and to have been nominated for this award,” Milam said. “The public history program at Texas State has been instrumental in creating an environment in which my professional work and career may mature and grow. Let me also say that the support I receive from this History department, its faculty, as well as from Phi Alpha Theta and KTBC-Fox 7 continues to be instrumental in my success.”

The Lone Star Chapter, created by the Board of Trustees of the National Television Academy in 2002, is dedicated to becoming the primary portal to connect professionals and students in Texas ' television broadcast-related fields for networking and career development.

The chapter serves all 19 television markets in Texas , and includes members from TV-related fields including: news and non-news broadcasting; production; post production; education; advertising; and public relations. It is committed to encouraging and recognizing high levels of professional achievement through the annual presentation of the prestigious regional EMMY Awards.  The Lone Star Emmys will be awarded on Saturday, Oct. 27, in Dallas .

“Sniper ‘66” was previously honored with a 2006 Telly Award for “Best Historical Documentary.”

Currently, Whitney Milam is wrapping up production on a history of the French Legation in Austin . Commissioned and created for use by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas , “A Glorious Opportunity: The French Legation in the Republic of Texas ” is slated for release in October, 2007.