Several Eyewitness News reporters and photographers were awarded regional Emmy awards this weekend, in the investigative and human interest reporting categories.
The Suncoast regional Emmy winners were announced Saturday night in Florida, with winners from several states including Louisiana, Florida, Alabama, Georgia and Puerto Rico.
Photographer T.J. Pipitone and former WWL-TV investigative reporter Brendan McCarthy earned an Emmy for investigative reporting, for the special Eyewitness Investigation “Pipeline to the Platform.”
Their work highlighted alleged human trafficking involving a local shipyard and dozens of Filipino workers. The stories, which aired over six months earlier this year, have prompted government investigations here and in the Philippines.
McCarthy and Pipitone were also nominated for an investigative report on violence in Orleans Parish Prison, documenting cases of abuse and violence inside the prison which sends several inmates to the hospital each month.
Also winning an Emmy on Saturday were Eyewitness Sports reporter Juan Kincaid and photographer/editor Brian Lukas, for a February 2013 story on injured Tulane football player Devon Walker. The emotional story updated Walker’s amazing progress from a spinal cord injury he suffered on the football field.
Also nominated this year for an Emmy were anchor Karen Swensen and photographer Bob Weaver. They were recognized for a profile of Rwandan author and motivational speaker Immaculée Ilibagiza, who survived the Rwandan Genocide. Swensen and Weaver profiled Ilibagiza in November 2012 as she visited the New Orleans area.