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May 2009 Graduate Receives Regional Emmy Award
Ryan Cole (B.A.) Honored for his role in NBC4's reality series"Interns"

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Middle - Ryan Cole (B.A. '09) and fellow interns at the NBC4 Nebraska Avenue Studios.

WASHINGTON (June 8, 2009) - Howard University alumnus, Ryan Cole (B.A. ’09), received an Emmy Award on June 6 for "Best Student Production" from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his work on the NBC4 web-based comedy series, "Interns."

“It took a long time for it to set in,” said Cole after hearing his team won the award. “I wasn’t really expecting it; I was shocked.”

Cole, who majored in film production, worked with a team of student interns to create the show, which is affiliated with NBC4. The award was presented during the annual award ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C.

"In the Department of Radio, TV & Film, we are proud of Ryan's accomplishment," said Candace Lewis, lecturer and Assistant to the Chair of RTVF. "He is a very focused young man who began his journey as a filmmaker while in high school. We expect great things from him as he builds on his education and experience."

"Interns" started off as a new internship for production majors at NBC4 to increase digital content on their website. During the first year, NBC asked the student interns to brainstorm concepts that would appeal to a younger demographic. Cole along with his fellow interns conceived the award-winning idea of a reality series about interns and their quest to find viral video. The online episodes were so successful that NBC4 decided to air it locally after Saturday Night Live. Episodes of "Interns" are available online at

Currently, Cole is in post-production for his film C.R.E.A.M. This is his second feature film made as an undergraduate. He has made an impressive mark in the film industry as the first undergraduate student a historically black university to direct and produce a full length feature, "The Rhythm of Struggle," which won Best Actor at the 2009 Paul Robeson Awards presented at Howard University.

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, Doctoral/Research-Extensive university, comprising 12 schools and colleges with 10,500 students enjoying academic pursuits in more than 120 areas of study leading to undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, 21 Fulbright Scholars and 10 Pickering Fellows. The University continues to attract the nation’s top students and produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world. For more information, visit the University's Web site at


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