Hobart Alumnus Derek Che ’94 took home his second Emmy during the 34th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards that were broadcast in June from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Since 2005, he has worked as a producer on the popular Ellen DeGeneres Show that once again won the Outstanding Talk Show award.
“Winning the Emmys means a lot to me, Che said. “They justify all of the personal sacrifices that I have made for my career.
Unfortunately, Che was unable to attend this year’s ceremony, but was in attendance in 2006, when he won his first Emmy. “It was extremely surreal, he said. “I had been nominated in the past but had never won so my first emotion was excitement—then panic settled in when I realized that I would have to go up on stage.
The show beat out talk show staples “Dr. Phil, “Rachel Ray, “The Tyra Banks Show and “The View to win its fourth consecutive Outstanding Talk Show Emmy.
Che went to the Ellen DeGeneres Show after producing episodes for several other television shows since 1996 including, “Ricki Lake, “The Queen Latifah Show, “The Wayne Brady Show and “Average Joe: The Joes Strike Back.
The Daytime Emmy Awards honor daytime television excellence in 58 categories including series, performers and several areas of technical and creative production.
Che graduated from Hobart in 1994 with a major in economics and a minor in English.
In the photo above, taken at last year’s awards ceremony, Che is standing third from left.