The PCTV documentary “Shadow of Drought” won six awards in a clean sweep. Student work earned three additional Emmys, and three Palomar students were awarded scholarships.

Pictured left to right, above: PCTV staff Luke Bisagna, Mona Urban, Bill Wisneski and Chris Garis at the Emmy Awards ceremony on Saturday, June 16.

RANCHO MIRAGE, CA ― A Palomar College Television (PCTV) documentary won six Emmy Awards from the Pacific Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on Saturday, June 16, in a ceremony that yielded a total of 10 Emmys for Palomar staff and students.

“Shadow of Drought,” which examines Southern California’s looming water crisis, brought home every award for which it was nominated on Saturday. Bill Wisneski, who produced the film with Mona Urban, called the ceremony in Rancho Mirage “a good night for Palomar.”

“It was the most Emmys we’ve ever won—seven total, and six for one film, which is a record for our department,” Wisneski said. “It’s amazing to receive this recognition from our peers. We’re competing against all the big TV stations and production houses in San Diego, and ‘Shadow of Drought’ was the most challenging project we’ve worked on—it really pushed our team to the limit. So it’s really nice when all that hard work pays off.”

Following are the 2018 Emmy Awards for PCTV:

For the documentary “Shadow of Drought: Southern California’s Looming Water Crisis”

  • Best Documentary: Bill Wisneski and Mona Urban
  • Audio – Post Production: Luke Bisagna
  • Director – Non Live (Post Produced): Bill Wisneski
  • Editor (No Time Limit) Program (Non News): Chad Richmond
  • Photographer – Program (Non News): Bill Wisneski and Mona Urban
  • Writer – Program (Non News): Bill Wisneski

For a commercial produced for Palomar’s Library Information Technology academic program

  • Editor (No Time Limit) Short Form: Chad Richmond

Two Palomar College students in the Digital Broadcast Arts (DBA) program also went home with Emmy Awards on Saturday. The DBA academic program produces North County News, Prep Sports Live, and Palomar Live from the PCTV facility.

  • Student Programming – Newscast: North County News (5/9/17), Abel Garcia
  • Student Programming – Commercial: KKSM Commercial, Angy Moran
  • Student Craft – Editor: KKSM Commercial, Angy Moran

In addition to the awards, Palomar College students Angy Moran, Joseph Jauregui and Alberto Garcia were awarded scholarships by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Pacific Southwest Chapter Foundation.

The award-winning PCTV promotional piece can be viewed at For more information about “Shadow of Drought,” visit

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