WATCH: Emmy-Winning Reports About Wi-Fi Hacking, Small Claims Scamming & HACLA Spending

For FishbowlLA’s money, one of the very best ways to get a sense of the breadth and depth of last night’s 2012 Los Angeles Area Emmy Award honorees is to take another look at some of the victorious investigative news pieces. The full list of winners is available here; in the meantime, for your Sunday non-Olympic viewing pleasure, we recommend:

1) Ana Garcia’s NBCLA look at how easy it can be for someone at a nearby table to hack into your Facebook account over a Wi-Fi network at a place like Starbucks [Winner “Light News Story – Single Report”; Daisy Lin, producer]

2) ABC 7’s follow-up report on James Farkus Cohan, a man the station found could somehow hike freely in the mountains while also filing hundreds of complaints in small claims court as a “disabled”, emphesyma-suffering individual. [Winner “Investigative Reporting”; Lisa Bartley, producer; Marc Brown, anchor; Keith Dabney, camera; Martin Liem, editor.]

3) A portion of KCET’s great SoCal Connected take-down of the Housing Authority of Los Angeles (HACLA). [Winner “Best Information Segment (Hard News/Investigative Reporting)”; Bret Marcus, executive producer, Justine Schmidt, co-executive producer; Karen Foshay, producer; Rocio Zamora, producer; Miguel Contreras, associate producer; Laurel Erickson, reporter; Alberto Arce, editor.]