A Picher native has been nominated for a Midsouth National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (EMMY) award.

Stacey King Wagers, a 1992 graduate of Picher High School, earned a spot in the EMMY’s as producer of “Wellmont Connection”, a healthcare TV news magazine.

King earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Arkansas in 1997. After a successful career in broadcast journalism, King became producer of “Wellmont Connection” in 2004.

Wellmont Connection, based in Kingsport, Tenn., first aired in January of 2008. The show focuses squarely on providing healthcare information to residents in Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky.

King, who conducts interviews and serves as the show’s writer, was recognized by the EMMY’s for her effort to educate people about the nation’s number one killer — heart disease.

Through a combination of inspirational stories about heart patients who received life-saving treatment at Wellmont hospitals, informational tips on heart disease and physician interviews with advice on cardiovascular health, TV viewers throughout the region learned about ways to live heart healthier lives.

In the show, King interviews men and women whose lives were threatened by heart disease, patients who received life-saving treatment from the renowned physicians and innovative procedures available at Wellmont hospitals in conjunction with the Regional Heartcare Network.

“We’re proud of this show because it provides viewers with information that could be life-changing,” said Patrick Kane, Wellmont’s senior vice president of marketing communications. “This show works because of Stacey King’s dedication and professionalism and the way she connects with the brave patients who tell her their stories.”

King earned one of three nominations for an EMMY in the category of Informational/Instructional Productions. The award will be presented Jan. 24 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tenn.