CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Liz Keptner, director of the Multimedia Innovation Center (MIC) at Penn State Lehigh Valley, won an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Mid-Atlantic chapter on Sept. 24 in Philadelphia. Keptner won in the Magazine Program/Special category for her producing work on FireRock Production’s "Nazareth: Resonating Through Time." Keptner had also hosted the 2015 Emmy award winning “The Bethlehem Story.”
The program explored the history of Nazareth, Pennsylvania, weaving together the tunes of guitars and cars to the current life in Nazareth today. The piece aired on Lehigh Valley TV in April. Lehigh Valley TV airs at 6:30 p.m. every Sunday, on RCN and is online at lehighvalleytv.com. Besides being a producer, Keptner was also one of the hosts and interviewers for the piece.
“I love the Lehigh Valley; it’s like a second home to me. Having the opportunity to work with an incredibly talented production company, like FireRock, to tell the stories about these amazing towns and people, and then being nationally recognized for it is the icing on the cake!” said Keptner.
An accomplished veteran television journalist, Keptner came on board as the director of the MIC in 2013. The MIC has become a powerful tool in telling the stories of the Lehigh Valley campus’s faculty, staff and students through video. Since it was created, the MIC has produced over 150 videos recognized by national and international audiences. Keptner is also an instructor on campus. She teaches public speaking and news production courses.