Pac-12 Networks’ Ann Schatz earns Northwest Emmy award
Jun 16, 2022
42-year veteran play-by-play announcer becomes the first woman to win the Sports Play-by-Play/Analyst category ever in the Northwest Chapter
SAN FRANCISCO - Pac-12 Networks’ Ann Schatz was recently named the recipient of the Northwest Regional Emmy® Award from the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Televisions Arts & Sciences (NATAS) for the best in the Sports Play-by-Play/Analyst category. The Emmy awards recognize excellence in programming and individual craft achievement in television and media arts.
“Ann is one of the best in the business, bringing energy and excitement to every one of her Pac-12 Networks broadcasts for the last ten years,” said Pac-12 Networks President Mark Shuken. “This award couldn’t have gone to a more deserving person, and I know I speak for the entire Pac-12 when I say we are all very proud of Ann for this award.”
With the award, Schatz, a veteran play-by-play announcer of 42 years, becomes the first woman to win the Sports Play-by-Play/Analyst category ever in the Northwest Chapter. Also nominated in her category were broadcasters from the Portland Timbers (MLS), Portland Trail Blazers (NBA), Seattle Kraken (NHL) and Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) organizations.
“I’d like to give a huge thanks to my trusted friends and colleagues at the Pac-12,” said Schatz. “This is a huge honor, and I'm grateful to be recognized with some of the Northwest's finest. I'm also grateful for the student-athletes that I get to represent and shine a light on their undeniable skill, spirit and passion. They make me better. Every single one of them. If not for Pac-12 Networks’ commitment to these programs and student-athletes, the broadcast opportunities wouldn't exist. To say this gig has been the highlight of my career would be a huge understatement.”
The first female sportscaster in two major markets, Schatz has been calling games on Pac-12 Networks since its launch in 2012. Her versatility is seen throughout the season on the pitch, hardwood and diamond as she delivers top-tier play-by-play duties around the Conference of Champions for men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, and softball. Some of her work this past season included top-seeded Oregon State men’s soccer’s third-round NCAA Tournament clash with New Hampshire, in which the Beavers edged out the Wildcats 1-0 to advance to the Elite Eight, as well as No. 5-seed Colorado’s thriller over No. 4-seed Arizona in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament.
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