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.
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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