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Best TV Journalist Phoenix 2012 - Gilbert Zermeno at KPHO, Channel 5

The true stars of the TV news biz often are those whose faces we rarely see on-screen — the camera people, editors, and, yes, folks who produce what passes locally for "investigative" journalism. Our winner, who universally is known in media circles as "Z," is outstanding at what he does, which is to identify, organize, and execute some pretty in-depth yarns for local public consumption. He has been over at Channel 5 for well more than a decade, which in that line of work equates to about a century. Zermeno knows this Valley and this state like few other journalists, and is as comfortable working with "talent" (on-camera reporters, especially the usually excellent Morgan Loew) in a desert outpost on the border as he is on Phoenix's often-mean streets. Z's stories stand tall in a TV market not known for producing many riveting exposés, and for this we applaud him.

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TireKicker
TireKicker

@DougMummert If it's anything other than a full-page photo of Mike Watkiss, they're just wasting time.

RonL
RonL

The guy is a total douchebag in real life.

Photog5i
Photog5i

@KPHONoonShowGuy Thanks Colin! Can't do it alone!

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