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'NewsChannel 5 Investigates' Takes Two Emmys

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The NewsChannel 5 Investigates team took home two Emmys -- for investigative and consumer reporting -- at the 23rd Annual Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards ceremony Saturday night.

In addition, NewsChannel 5 snared the highly coveted Emmy Award for overall News Excellence.

"NewsChannel 5 Investigates: Stories of Abuse," which received the Emmy Award for investigative report, exposed the problem of special-needs students being sexually assaulted on Metro Nashville school buses. As a result, the school board ordered aides be placed on every one of its special-ed buses to protect the children.

It was the work of chief investigative reporter Phil Williams, producer/photojournalist Bryan Staples, and producer Kevin Wisniewski.

Accepting the Emmy, Williams dedicated it to the families of two young students -- Jenna and Gilbert -- who shared their traumatic stories.

It's the fourth time in four years that NewsChannel 5 Investigates has taken home the Emmy in the category. The "Stories of Abuse" investigation now becomes eligible to compete for a national Emmy Award.

"NewsChannel 5 Investigates: An Alarming Failure," which received the Emmy for consumer report, showed how the most common type of smoke detectors may not detect smoke quickly enough to save lives.

It was the work of consumer investigator Jennifer Kraus, producer Kevin Wisniewski and producer/photojournalist Bryan Staples, along with photojournalist Mike Rose.

Accepting the Emmy, Kraus dedicated it to the memory of veteran photojournalist John Wilson, who died in a smoky fire after his smoke detector failed to sound the alarm.

The Nashville/Midsouth Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced the winners during a banquet and live telecast at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville.

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