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Sacramento Bee’s documentary on the Camp Fire nominated for Emmy award

When Paradise became hell: The story of the Camp Fire in Northern California

The Camp Fire tore through Paradise, California, becoming the deadliest and most destructive in state history. Sacramento Bee staff recount covering the impact of the deadly wildfire.
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The Camp Fire tore through Paradise, California, becoming the deadliest and most destructive in state history. Sacramento Bee staff recount covering the impact of the deadly wildfire.

The Sacramento Bee’s documentary, “When Paradise became hell: The story of the Camp Fire in Northern California,” was nominated Wednesday for a regional Emmy award.

The 27-minute recounting of the state’s deadliest wildfire, featuring interviews with Sacramento Bee staff who spent weeks in the devastated Butte County town, is one of four finalists for best topical documentary at the 48th Annual Northern California Area Emmys for programs aired in 2018.

The documentary was executive produced by McClatchy West Region Lead Video Editor Jason Shoultz and produced by Alyssa Hodenfield. It features footage shot by Sacramento Bee videographers Hector Amezcua and Renée C. Byer.

“Bee reporters and photographers were on the front line of the Camp Fire as it burned through Paradise,” Shoultz said. “They were also there when residents searched through burned property, looked for shelter and remembered lost loved ones. The documentary provided a way to share personal and impactful stories along with powerful visuals.”

The Northern California Area Emmys celebrate outstanding achievement in television and web content. “When Paradise became hell” represents the category’s lone digital-only nominee.

The other three nominees are: “The Not-Dying Girl,” by PBS; “Afghanistan: What is Winning?” by ABC 10; and “City Surf Project,” by director Oscar Guerra.

The English-language nominees were chosen from 712 entries in 64 categories. The finalists were selected by a panel of judges of judges from other regions’ NATAS chapters based on scores given for “Content, Creativity and Execution,” according to a press release announcing the nominees.

One of 19 chapters in the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Northern California region also includes the markets of Reno, Honolulu and Guam.

The award ceremony will take place June 8 in San Francisco.

See the full list of nominees on the NATAS Northern California website.

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