Alumna Jacqueline Purdy (FCRH ’04) is part of an ESPN production team that recently won a 2008 Sports Emmy.
Purdy was an associate producer for “Ray of Hope,” the story of University of North Carolina student Jason Ray, whose decision to donate his organs saved the lives of four people and helped about 75 others. The powerful presentation was among ESPN’s most-requested segments last year.
The Emmy, which came in the category of “Outstanding New Approaches—Long Form,” was given due to the story’s overall quality as well as its innovative multimedia treatment.
The sports network produced a 15-minute segment on Ray and the organ recipients he helped save. It also created a mini-site as part of the larger ESPN website that featured the original video segment, a magazine-style feature on Ray, photo galleries, additional video, podcasts and links to pertinent websites.
Purdy, an English major and communications minor, was responsible for the audio on a portion of the mini-site.
The award was presented on April 29 at a special ceremony at Frederick P. Rose Hall, the home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.
Purdy is the third Emmy winner from Fordham since September. Mike Sweeney (LAW ’96) and Chris Albers (FCLC ’90), who are part of the writing team for Late Night with Conan O’Brien, won last fall for outstanding writing on a variety, music or comedy program.