Members of the Eyewitness News staff were honored with five regional Emmy awards Saturday, more than any other local television station.
The Suncoast regional Emmy awards were announced at a ceremony in Orlando.
Investigative reporter Katie Moore and photographer/editor T.J. Pipitone were awarded a Suncoast regional Emmy in the category of news special, for their program "Searching for Ramona Brown." Moore was also awarded an Emmy for the same story in the talent category.
She also received an Emmy award in the general assignment category for a report on the Cajun Navy and its work conducting rescues during the 2016 flood near Baton Rouge.
Pipitone and investigative reporter David Hammer also scored a win in the environmental reporting category for their multi-part series "Oil and Water."
Also, anchor Karen Swensen and photographer/editor Derek Waldrip were awarded an Emmy for a story about an Algiers Point rape case. The story was among the nominees in the crime reporting category.
Among other WWL-TV nominees, reporter Katie Steiner was nominated in the reporting category for a compilation of her live reporting on the Eyewitness Morning News. Investigative reporter Mike Perlstein and Pipitone were nominated for their special program, "The New Face of Heroin."
The Suncoast regional Emmy award competition is open to entries from Louisiana, Alabama, Florida and Puerto Rico.
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