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WWL-TV staff honored with 11 Suncoast Regional Emmy Awards nominations

Emmy nominations honor WWL staff members' work in investigative reporting, human interest, societal concerns and arts & entertainment reporting.

NEW ORLEANS — Members of the Eyewitness News team were honored with 11 nominations in the Suncoast Regional Emmy Awards.

WWL-TV was honored with more nominations than any New Orleans television station. The nominations announced Sunday honor work from broadcasters in Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Puerto Rico.

Continuing Coverage  

WWL-TV's Investigative Reporter Mike Perlstein and Photojournalist T.J. Pipitone were nominated for the Continuing Coverage Emmy entry category, for their report: Justice for Nimali.

The Continuing Coverage category recognizes excellence in coverage of a single, evolving news topic through an extended number of reports distributed over several days. 

Justice for Nimali reports the story of 19-year-old Nimali Henry who died in the St. Bernard Parish Jail of a rare but treatable disease, as deputies ignored the dying woman's pleas for help.

Investigative Reporting Series

WWLTV staff members were also nominated for multiple investigative reporting series. Investigative Reporter Katie Moore and Photojournalist Derek Waldrip's report Standard of Care was nominated for the Investigative Reporting Series entry category. 

The Investigative Reporting Series category recognizes excellence in a series of reports covering one investigation focused on a specific community problem requiring research and investigative journalism. The quality of reporting, extent of research, and impacts of the reporting are some of the factors considered in these entries.

Moore and Waldrip's Standard of Care series investigated how COVID-19 spread through Louisiana nursing homes and what could have been done to stop it.

Investigative Reporter David Hammer, Photojournalist T.J. Pipitone's report Losing Faith — made in partnership with Ramon Antonio Vargas of the Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate — was also nominated for the Investigative Reporting Series entry category for their report: Losing Faith.

Losing Faith investigated the Church sex abuse scandal in the New Orleans area with a number of ongoing reports.

Serious News Feature Series

WWL-TV's Investigative Reporter Katie Moore and Photojournalist Derek Waldrip were also nominated for the Serious News Feature Series category for their report — A Year of Covid-19: Our Stories.

From nurses, bartenders to musicians,  Moore and Waldrip showed how the pandemic impacted the hardest-hit New Orleanians in A Year of Covid-19: Our Stories.

RELATED: A year of COVID: Our stories

Arts & Entertainment News

WWL-TV's Eric Paulsen and former WWL-TV Photojournalist Steve Wolfram were nominated for an Arts/Entertainment - News for their report: Tank & The Bangas: Friend Goals

The nomination recognizes excellence in news or journalistic coverage of general entertainment, variety or visual and performing arts. 

Crime — Long Form

WWL-TV Anchor Karen Swensen and Photojournalist Derek Waldrip were nominated for the long-form crime report: Surviving the Ambush.

Surviving the Ambush details the plight of New Orleans police officer Trevor Abney who was shot in a police ambush in the French Quarter.

RELATED: Shot in the head in the French Quarter, it took more than one miracle to save police officer's life

Human Interest News

The Human Intrest - News award nomination recognizes excellence in news or journalistic coverage of stories that appeal to the human spirit. WWL-TV's Meg Farris and retired Photojournalist Brian Lukas' report: Chlo'ee's Story.

The report details how the life of a seven-year-old girl was impacted after she was caught in the crossfire of a New Orleans driveby shooting.

Societal Concerns - Long Form

WWL-TV's Charisse Gibson and Photojournalist Derek Waldrip were nominated for an award for Societal Concerns - Long Form for their report: The Talk, a series about race relations in New Orleans.

The series of stories brought people together for a conversation aimed to heal.


Sports Special

WWL-TV Sports Director Doug Mouton and Photojournalist & Sports Producer Adam Ney were nominated for their special: Eye On the Black & Gold Special: Celebrating Drew Brees.

The award nomination recognizes excellence in a one-time sports-related special program.

RELATED: Drew Brees retires after 20-year, Hall of Fame NFL career

Documentary Historical & Editor

WWL-TV's Charisse Gibson and Photojournalist Adam Copus' work on The Story Behind the Standoff was nominated for a Documentary Historical award, which recognizes excellence in the creation of a formal, structured television presentation with the dramatic impact of an event.

That event was a standoff between New Orleans Police and members of the Black Panther Party in New Orleans.

RELATED: 50 years ago the Black Panthers and New Orleans police had a major standoff in Desire

Copus was also nominated for a separate award for his work in the Standoff, as well.

He's nominated for an editor award, for his craft discipline demonstrating the skills.

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