SUMMIT, NJ - Summit-based HomeTowne TV anchor Leigh Pafford has been named a Silver winner at the 35th Annual Telly Awards for her piece entitled "Interview with an Author: Ashok Rajamani"   

Featuring 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, The Telly Awards was founded in 1979, and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films.   Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.

A prestigious judging panel of over 500 accomplished industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly and a member of The Silver Telly Council, judged the competition, upholding the historical standard of excellence that Telly represents.  The Silver Council evaluated entries to recognize distinction in creative work.  Less than 10% of entries are chosen as Winners of the Silver Telly, the highest honor given in the Telly Awards.  “The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards.  “Leigh Pafford’s show illustrates her creativity, skill, and dedication to her craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”

In addition to anchoring the local news Pafford provides monthly book reviews on HomeTowne Television.  She hosted and edited the Telly award winning half hour special,  "Interview with an Author: Ashok Rajamani," which included a sit down interview with Rajamani where he discussed his memoir, The Day My Brain Exploded, and featured the author reading an excerpt from the book.   Rajamani recounted the details of the day his brain exploded, his tough path to recovery, and what it is like now living with a brain injury.

Pafford dedicated the win to HomeTowne TV’s former station manager Jesse Patterson of Summit, who passed away earlier this year.  She also thanked Jay McCann of Berkeley Heights, who directed the video, and Brian Smith, of Short Hills,who worked the camera, and Joe Amatucci, of Summit, who not only did camera work but also designed the set.   Pafford grew up in Berkeley Heights, where she attended Governor Livingston High School.  She has an MS in Business and a BA in Communications from the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown.