Jeff Woodard has become the second graduate of Cayuga Community College to win an Emmy Award for his work in television. Woodard, who earned an associateÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s degree in broadcasting from Cayuga in 1992, has been with WGRZ-TV, the NBC affiliate in Buffalo, since 1998. In 2008, following the death of BuffaloÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s former mayor Jimmy Griffin, Woodard produced a half-hour feature for the station, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Griffin Years,Ã¢â‚¬Â on the politicianÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s colorful career. The report won a 2009 Emmy in the category of Politics/Government: Program/Special. In 2008 Woodard was appointed news director for WGRZ. His team won six 2009 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from the national Radio-Television News Directors Association, a national organization.
Several years ago, CayugaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s class of 1992 produced another Emmy winner. WoodardÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s classmate Lisa Chelenza won a 2002 Sports Emmy in the Outstanding Live Sports Special category for her production work on XIX Olympic Winter Games for NBC.