Litchfield native Abby Schneider took home an Emmy Award this year for her work with Game Creek Video on coverage of the 2018 Super Bowl for the NFL Network.
"It was a really proud moment of mine to open the box and see the Emmy, as it has been something that I have dreamed about since I was a little girl," Schneider said. "It was a pretty big moment for my whole family, as I have all of them to thank for helping me get there."
Schneider, a 2010 graduate of Litchfield High School, is the daughter of David and Sherry Reener of Litchfield and the late Brad Schneider. She is the granddaughter of Alice and TO Schneider and Leon and Corky Green.
Following her graduation from LHS, she attended Columbia College in Chicago, where she earned a degree in television with a concentration in post-production in 2014.
She won the Emmy for her work with Game Creek Video, which is a company that builds and maintains mobile television trucks and covers all types of entertainment and live sporting events all over the country and the world. Schneider worked as a broadcast engineer, which meant it was her job to travel to the event her truck was covering, set it up and make sure everything was working properly.
"I always tell people that when they see something going wrong while they are watching a sporting event, that I am the person on the other end that is running around trying to fix it," she said.
Schneider was part of the team that brought all of the NFL Network's coverage of the 2018 Super Bowl. This included the opening night events, halftime show and post-game show.
"It was a full team effort," she said. "There were over 400 people working for NFL Network that brought that coverage to your TVs. I was a part of the technical team that won the Sports Emmy."
Schneider said she did not get to go to the awards ceremony, as the Sports Emmy Awards event is much smaller than the one viewers are used to seeing on television. Representatives from the NFL Network went to represent the whole team, and she found out after the ceremony that she was included in the nomination and would be receiving the award.
Since that time, Schneider has relocated to Champaign, where she will be starting a new position with Ameren IL from the Urbana Field Office.
"With that job came a lot of travel," she said. "I was on the road for about 240-250 days a year. I have since made the decision to leave television and that lifestyle behind to start a new chapter. It is a scary time, but I am really grateful I had the chance to win the award before I left television, as it has always been a huge part of my life."