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J-School Alums Win Emmy Awards for Work in Florida

Photo of CBS News' Steve Kroft with JSchool alums Sirak & Erusha

Two Montana Journalism alums earned Emmy Awards for their video documenting the sinking of the USS Mohawk in the Gulf of Mexico last year. David Sirak, ‘92, is the Director of News Technology  at WFTV in Orlando, Florida. Daniel Erusha, ’13, was interning with WFTV at the time of the project.

The ship was sunk in the summer of 2012 as an artificial reef. Erusha video taped the long process of preparing to sink the ship and was on hand the day the Mohawk was loaded with explosives and sunk. On that day, Erusha shot video as the ship sank and immediately prepared clips to upload for other media outlets.

Sirak supervised the entire story from start to finish and submitted the work for an Emmy. He tucked a Griz pennant he calls his “good luck charm” in his suit pocket before heading to the ceremony in Miami in late November 2013.

You may recognize Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes in the photo. Kroft worked in Florida television before moving to CBS. He was given a Golden Circle (lifetime achievement award) at the ceremony and Sirak convinced Kroft to join them for a photo where the Griz pennant was unfurled.

Sirak has hosted five UM Journalism students as interns through the years. Erusha is the first of those to earn an Emmy for work undertaken as an intern. Congrats to all!