Shelburne’s Jon Eick wins Emmy

The National Geographic Channel team, above, won an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Interactive Media at the 66th Emmy Awards last month. Former Shelburne resident Jon Eick is second from right.
The National Geographic Channel team, above, won an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Interactive Media at the 66th Emmy Awards last month. Former Shelburne resident Jon Eick is second from right.

When the Television Academy announced the six juried award winners for Outstanding Achievement in Interactive Media at the 66th Emmy Awards aired live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. on Sunday, Aug. 24, former Shelburne resident Jon Eick’s name was among those called.
Awarded an Emmy in the Social TV Experience category for a program titled “Live from Space,” on the National Geographic Channel, Eick admitted he was “very excited and very honored by the award.”
For those unfamiliar with the Emmys, juried award winners differ from nominated categories in that they require all entrants to be screened by a panel of professionals in the peer group, with the possibility of one, more than one, or no entry being awarded an Emmy. As a consequence, there are no nominees, but instead a one-step evaluation and voting procedure. Deliberations include an open discussion of the work of each entrant, with a thorough review of the merits of awarding the Emmy. At the conclusion of each deliberation, the jury votes on the question, “Is this entry worthy of an Emmy award, yea or nay?” Only those with unanimous approval win.
Currently the National Geographic Channel’s Social Media Manager, Eick grew up in Shelburne and graduated from Champlain Valley Union in 1998. His undergraduate degree in Government and Economics from Skidmore College prompted a move to D.C. “I moved to D.C. for a job in politics in 2002. I was so certain that’s what I would be doing with my life. But while interviewing for my first job I took the one position that didn’t involve government…I fell into marketing instead,” he explained. “Later a former co-worker let me know about a digital freelance job at the National Geographic Channel, and that led to a full-time position. It’s a great gig. It’s nice working with so much content.”
Alluding to content in his acceptance speech. Eick first thanked his parents, William and Marilyn, and then thanked space for being “up there, awesome, and existing.”