The Lone Star Emmy Awards were handed out in San Antonio on Saturday night.

WFAA was recognized with the prestigious top award for Station Excellence, along with an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Breaking News coverage of the North Texas tornado outbreak and for Spot News coverage of community unrest following a Dallas police shooting incident.

Channel 8's live online coverage of life-changing plastic surgery for a disfigured Chinese orphan won an award for Outstanding Achievement in Interactivity.

In addition, WFAA's series of Carry the Load special reports took home an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Community Service, another trophy went to Channel 8 for Continuing Coverage of the domestic violence issue.

Channel 8's Cowboys Kickoff Special earned an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Sports - One Time Special.

It was also a very special night for former WFAA reporter, photographer, and assignment editor Bert Shipp, who was inducted into the Lone Star Emmy Silver Circle, honoring professionals who began their TV careers at least 25 years ago and who have made a significant contribution to broadcasting.

Shipp played an integral role in Channel 8's groundbreaking live coverage of President Kennedy's assassination 50 years ago this month.

Bert Shipp is the father of Channel 8 investigative reporter Brett Shipp, who was on hand along with the entire Shipp family.

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