Second Cayuga CC Grad Wins Emmy

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 associate’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 Buffalo’s former mayor Jimmy Griffin, Woodard produced a half-hour feature for the station, “The Griffin Years,” on the politician’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, Cayuga’s class of 1992 produced another Emmy winner. Woodard’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.