Larry Mendte was nowhere yet everywhere at the Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards on Saturday night.
CBS3 station manager Michael Colleran seemed to acknowledge as much, referring to the Mendte-fueled scandals that rocked his station this year as "the elephant in the room" as he accepted the Emmy for station excellence. It capped a night of 22 statuettes for the station. NBC10 took home 9, CN8 and Pittsburgh's WQED took 7, Eagles Television Network got 6, and NJN, Comcast SportsNet, Fox29 and Pittsburgh's KDKA got 3. Eight other outlets won one. WPVI (Channel 6) did not enter, as usual.
CBS3 news director Susan Schiller won for "news excellence," and for the fourth year in a row the station's evening newscast won.
Despite his 19 nominations, Mendte didn't show up at the Philadelphia Marriott among 400 TV people. Mendte faces sentencing in November after pleading guilty to hacking into onetime colleague Alycia Lane's e-mail and forwarding her secrets to the media. He won eight awards. (If you're keeping track, he had 22 nominations last year, and 13 wins. In 2006, he had 15 nominations and seven wins. In 2005, he had eight nominations and three wins. In 2004, six nominations and three wins.)