Several Eyewitness News reporters and photographers have earned five nominations in this year's regional Emmy awards, in the investigative and human interest reporting categories.
Photographer T.J. Pipitone and former WWL-TV investigative reporter Brendan McCarthy are nominated in two categories, for their reporting on the special Eyewitness Investigation 'Pipeline to the Platform.'
Their work is nominated in the investigative reporting and human interest categories, both for a series of reports and a special program, which 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 are 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. In particular, the story highlighted a 66-year-old man who remains essentially incapacitated with brain damage after he was punched during a jail assault by another inmate.
Anchor Karen Swensen is nominated for a Suncoast regional Emmy award for her profile of Rwandan author and motivational speaker Immaculee Ilibagiza, who survived the Rwandan Genocide. Swensen and photographer Bob Weaver profiled Ilibagiza in November 2012 as she visited the New Orleans area.
Sports reporter Juan Kincaid and photographer/editor Brian Lukas are also nominated for a regional Emmy award, 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.
The Suncoast Regional Emmy competition is open to television stations in Louisiana, Florida, Alabama, Georgia and Puerto Rico.
The winners will be announced Nov. 23 in Hollywood, Florida.