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Chuck Lofton receives special recognition at Emmy Awards for 40+ years of service in local TV

Chuck Lofton was recognized at Saturday's Emmy Awards for having been named one of this year's Silver Circle honorees.

CARMEL, Ind. — 13News meteorologist Chuck Lofton was recognized during Saturday's 53rd Great Lakes Regional Emmy Awards for earning one of television's highest honors.

(NOTE: The above video is of Chuck Lofton being surprised with the news he was being inducted into the Silver Circle.)

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Great Lakes named Lofton as one of this year's Silver Circle honorees, celebrating him for his years of service in the TV industry.

Lofton was recognized at Saturday's Emmy Awards at the Lucas Estate in Carmel. 

During the ceremony, he won several Emmy Awards including two for best news features, an Emmy for best special event coverage and another for his segment "Check in with Chuck." 

Lofton will officially be inducted into the Silver Circle at a ceremony in Cleveland in July.  

Silver Circle inductees have dedicated at least 25 years of distinguished service, but they're recognized for more than just the length of their careers. They set high standards for their work within the industry, in addition to giving back to their communities.

The committee considers the following criteria:

  • Service to the television or media-related industries
  • Service to the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
  • Service to the community involving television or allied media
  • Service to people working in or training for careers in television or allied media

Lofton has worked in local broadcasting for more than 40 years. His career with WTHR began in September 1985 with the very first Sunrise show. In addition to his work in TV, his forecasts have been heard on "Jim, Deb and Kevin" on 95.5 WFMS-FM in Indianapolis since 2000.

Lofton has earned countless awards for his work from the NATAS, Society of Professional Journalists and the Associated Press. In 2007, the National Weather Service named him the National Broadcaster of the Year.

WTHR 2022 Emmy Awards (List)

Human Interest – News (No time limit)

The Rich Culture of Japan - Scott Swan, Steve Rhodes

Editor: News/Sports 

Steve Rhodes

News Feature – Light Feature Single Report

Making a Case for Mustard - Megan Simpson, Chuck Lofton, Steve Rhodes

Sports Story – Content

Off the Track - Dave Calabro, Ryan Thedwall, Scott Allen

Writer – News

Dustin Grove

Health/Medical – News (no time limit)

Janae's Journey - Scott Swan, Cody Mattox

Reporter Daily News

Dustin Grove

News Feature – Light Feature (multiple reports)

Chuck's Big Adventure - Megan Simpson, Chuck Lofton, Steve Rhodes, Scott Graber

Promotion: News Promotion Topical

Chuck’s Big Adventure - Kerry Williams

Special Event Coverage

Circle of Lights - Megan Simpson, Matt Whisner, Nick Downey, Chuck Lofton, Kyle Thomas, Patrick Harmon, Dan Bordenkecher, Susan Batt, Anne Marie Tiernon, Lauren Morgan, Amy Ramirez-Hoke, Jalea Brooks

Weekend Newscast – Larger Markets (1-50)

Weekend Sunrise 9 a.m. - Valerie Jackson

Photographer: News/Sports

Steve Rhodes

Talent: Anchor – Weather

Chuck Lofton

Evening Newscast – Larger Markets (1-50)

13News at 11: FedEx Shooting - Ashley Hancock, Nick Downey 

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