The 2013 Suncoast Emmy Awards happened last night in Hollywood, Florida and WPTV Newschannel 5 was one of the most honored television stations of the evening.
The Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences celebrates the best of television news in markets throughout the state of Florida, as well as markets in Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia and Puerto Rico.
For the "Feature News Report - Serious Series", WPTV's Shannon Cake, Jim Sitton, and Lynn Walsh won for the story " Julie's Fight for Change ."
That same story scored Shannon Cake an Emmy for "On-Camera Talent - Reporter - Feature/Human Interest."
In the "Business Consumer" category, Shannon Cake won an Emmy for the story " Nail Salons ."
For the "Crime - News" category, Katie LaGrone, Lynn Walsh, and Gary Russ won for " Jail Break: The Missed Signs ."
Under "Environment - News", Dan Krauth won for " Drinking Water Hazard ."
In "Politics/Government - News", Dan Krauth, Jim Sitton, and Lynn Walsh won for " Vacant Government Property ."
The coveted "Station Excellence" Emmy went to WPTV's General Manager Steve Wasserman and Station Manager Lloyd Bucher, while the "News Excellence" Emmy was awarded to WPTV News Director Mike Garber.
WPTV's Katie LaGrone won the Emmy for "On-Camera Talent - Reporter - Investigative" for her "Katie LaGrone Investigates" series.
Congratulations to the WPTV Emmy winners and the WPTV staff overall for continued excellence.