WIU Alum Wins Bronze Telly Award
December 3, 2012
MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University alumnus Travis Collins has been honored with a bronze award in the 33rd annual Telly Awards to honor outstanding television programming and production.
Collins, a 2003 graduate of WIU with a degree in broadcasting, won the award for his television piece "A Joe for All Seasons."
There were 11,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries – 10 percent were chosen as winners of the silver Telly award and 25 percent were chosen as winners of the bronze award. Collins said he received help on the winning piece from friend and graphic designer Paul Newton.
Collins has worked in Charlotte, NC, Paducah, KY and throughout central Illinois. He is currently the senior promotions producer for WICS News Channel 20 in Springfield, IL, and WICD News Channel 15 in Champaign, IL. He conceptualizes promotions, writes scripts, lights scenes, shoots talent, designs motion graphics and edits work.
In 2010, Collins joined with others to compete in the Paducah, KY "48-Hour Film Project." The group had two days to write, light, shoot and edit a short film. Their film, "My Father's Keeper," took home eight awards, including Best Film, and moved on to compete in Miami, FL, with other films from around the world.
Collins' Telly Award winning piece can be seen at youtube.com/watch?v=J5Yrwebu7GI.