Evan Leake ’17 is part of the team at WREX-TV in Rockford, Illinois, who recently received a Chicago/Midwest Regional Emmy Award.
The WREX-TV in Rockford, Illinois received this award for their ‘Lives on the Lines’ series, a comprehensive series that highlights the importance and awareness of Scott’s Law or the Move Over Law, which protects first responders while they are conducting traffic stops on the side of the road or highway. This series was spurred following the death of Trooper Brooke Jones Story, an Illinois State Police Trooper from their area who was hit and killed while conducting a traffic stop.
Leake shared, “It’s an incredibly humbling experience. I honestly don’t look at this as an award. It’s more of validation for the hard work the WREX team does to make a difference. There were so many people that didn’t even know what Scott’s Law was and within days of our series starting, I noticed more people slowing down and moving over for first responders on the road. The impact far outweighs the awards. I’m so incredibly thankful to be a part of an award-winning team and for all of the first responders putting their lives on the line every single day for us. I am excited to hopefully add on to this early success in my career.”