Ada Native Wins Upper Midwest Emmy for Work with Fargo Riots

Ada Native Wins Upper Midwest Emmy for Work with Fargo Riots

November 26, 2020 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0
Jacob Anderson holds up the Emmy Award.

By Mark Askelson (11/25/20)

Fargo, ND — An Ada native can now add “Emmy Award Winner” to his resume. Jacob Anderson and WDAY-TV News Team was recently awarded an Upper Midwest Regional Emmy for their coverage of the Fargo Riots this past May. Anderson works behind the scenes for the television station as the Director of their newscasts.

The Fargo Riots, which were a result of the recent George Floyd killing in Minneapolis, took place on Saturday, May 30th. Anderson was scheduled to direct only his second solo newscast that evening after three months of training for the very intense position.

Peaceful protests took place throughout the city that morning and into the afternoon. But as it got later into the evening, crowds started gathering in downtown Fargo. The news team began live cut ins, but as police got involved, the crowds started resisting, and that’s when Anderson says things became much more chaotic both in the streets and in the newsroom.

One of the keys in putting on successful newscast or handling any breaking news situation, according to Anderson, is having a good crew and communicating openly and honestly.

Anderson and the rest the WDAY crew from that night were announced Emmy Award winners on November 14th. Jacob says it’s an honor to be recognized and it was a night he will never forget.

Jacob Anderson is 2011 graduate of Ada-Borup High School and also is a former R & J Broadcasting, Inc employee.

Listen to the entire interview and relive the Fargo Riots through the eyes of Jacob Anderson below: