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Graduate Received Emmy for Documentary

Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2014

Westminster College graduate Joe Ligo's documentary, "The Unfortunate History of the AMC Pacer," was honored at the 35th annual College Emmy Awards presented by the Television Academy Foundation in April.

Ligo, who graduated in December with a degree in broadcast communications, received the Emmy award and a cash prize at a special red carpet gala honoring nearly 50 young media producers from around the world.  Presenters included television stars and celebrities.

Ligo received many congratulatory messages the night of the presentation, including one from Westminster alumnus Tim Kaiser '85, the producer of "Two Broke Girls" and Emmy winner for "Will and Grace" and "Seinfeld."

Brad Weaver, Westminster broadcast and digital communications lecturer, accompanied Ligo to the awards ceremony in North Hollywood.

"It was amazing to see the Westminster College logo up on the big screen with so many prestigious universities," Weaver said.  "To watch all these extremely talented young people from across the globe be recognized by the Emmys was impressive, humbling, and validating.  I knew Joe's documentary was something special while he was crafting his script last fall."

"I'm passionate about cars and I love what I do," Ligo said.  "I had a ‘wow' moment when I realized I was on the right track.  To have the work recognized by the Academy was just great."

Ligo is a son of Jesse and Amy Ligo of Mercer and a graduate of Mercer Area High School.  He is an assistant producer at Cornerstone Television in Pittsburgh.

Contact Weaver at 724-946-7238 or email for more information.  Click here to watch the documentary.

Joe Ligo and his Emmy