Peoria wins first Emmy for ‘Knitted Knockers’

PEORIA – Peoria was the only city in the Valley to pick up the distinguished Emmy award, which was given by the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences this past weekend. This marks the first time Peoria has won an Emmy.


Peoria’s Channel 11 earned this prestigious award in the Interview/Discussion Feature/Segment category for a short video titled “Knitted Knockers.” The video highlights a group of women who formed a knitting club that makes yarn breast prosthetics for women who have had a mastectomy.


“Peoria’s Office of Communications has a deep understanding that telling the story of our hometown, in this case through the ‘Knitted Knockers,’ has the power to draw our community closer together and give the world a glimpse of a place they want to be part of,” said Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat. “I am extremely proud of the exceptional work of this creative and thought-provoking team.”


In the region that Peoria Channel 11 competes, there were more than 1,000 entries from five western states.


“Knitted Knockers” Producer Joe Stone worked part-time on the city’s digital Peoria team while attending classes at Peoria’s Huntington University Arizona Center for Digital Media Arts. Stone plans on taking his skills and experience he has gained in Peoria to Los Angeles to work in the entertainment industry.


“This is such an exciting moment for Peoria’s Channel 11. We are proud of their accomplishments and grateful to have such a strong digital marketing team,” said Peoria Communications Director Jennifer Stein. “We are thankful for the Knitted Knockers group and the Peoria library for allowing us to tell their story.”


Special shout out to The Foothills Focus’ Webmaster Eric Rodriguez, who was on Peoria’s winning Emmy team. Congratulations Eric!



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