USF Alumnus Wins Emmy for Work in News

Dec. 19, 2016 | Joliet, Ill.

Pat KeatingThe University of St. Francis (USF) congratulates alumnus Pat Keating ’94 on his recent Emmy win. Keating was awarded as part of a team of reporters, anchors, producers, and other news professionals in the category of Outstanding Achievement for News Gathering – Spot News. His team covered the suicide of Fox Lake Police Officer Joe Gliniewicz in 2015.

Keating has been a news photographer at WLS-TV/ABC 7 Chicago for the last 17 years. He covered several aspects of the Gliniewicz death including the media briefing and the scene where the body was discovered. “It was one of the hardest stories I have had to cover in my career,” says Keating. “After photographing the scene and hearing the series of events, my instincts told me the facts didn’t add up. We couldn’t report that, though, until it was confirmed.”

Keating and his team followed through diligently on the coverage, including a 15-hour work day for the funeral. Ultimately the story broke and it was revealed that Gliniewicz had committed suicide in an attempt to cover up embezzlement and other criminal activity.

Keating received news he and the rest of his team won while he was in Mexico on vacation with his wife, Cindy (Rios) ’95. “I was nominated on at least two other occasions but did not win. So, I am really honored to bring home some hardware, finally, and we celebrated the rest of our time in Mexico,” says Keating.

He credits his time at USF for teaching him to always strive and do your best. Keating was studying under Professor Rick Lorenc when his class won in the student category of the Chicagoland Cable Awards. “I’m just trying to keep up the standard that was set for me more than 20 years ago,” he says.

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