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WPTV earns multiple Regional Emmy Award nominations

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Posted at 11:58 AM, Oct 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-21 12:01:05-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — WPTV's news team earned several Suncoast Regional Emmy Award nominations for their coverage of important and impactful stories around South Florida over the past year.

The nominations, organized by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, were announced Monday.

WPTV's special report, 'Parkland: One Year Later,' which covered the one-year anniversary of the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, received a nomination for News Special.

Executive Producer Tom Kastanotis, reporters Amy Lipman and Michelle Quesada, and photographer Maurice Moran were all nominated for their work on the special.

Contact 5 Investigator Merris Badcock earned a nomination in the Crime category for her coverage of the high-profile story, 'Killer-Clown Cold Case: Have You Ever Heard of a Deathbed Confession?'

WPTV received two Emmy nominations in the Health/Science category.

First, reporter Stephanie Susskind was nominated for her feature story, 'No More Shaking,' about a groundbreaking medical procedure in Palm Beach County to improve tremors in patients with Parkinson's Disease.

Contact 5 Investigator Wanda Moore was also nominated in the Health/Science category for her investigation, 'A Sick System: The Cost of ER Visits.'

Moore received a second nomination in the Education/Schools category for 'The Big Business of School Safety,' an investigation about how security companies profit from school shooting tragedies like the attack in Parkland.

In the Human Interest category, reporter Amy Lipman and photographer Kaan Pala were nominated for their touching story, 'Monday, Tuesday, Garbage Truck Day, Thursday,' about an adorable little girl who loves when her neighborhood garbage men come by.

In addition, the E.W. Scripps state investigative team of Katie LaGrone and Matthew Apthorp received multiple Emmy nominations.

First, their investigation, 'FL Teachers Failing & Frustrated,' was nominated in the Continuing Coverage category, and 'Medicare Fraud, The New Face' picked up a nomination in Politics/Government.

Apthorp also received solo nominations for his skills as a Photographer and Editor.

The 43rd Annual Suncoast Regional Emmy Awards will take place on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando.

To see the full list of nominees, click here.

Congratulations to all of this year's nominees!