Suncoast Emmys Highlight Focus on Hard News

By Andrew Gauthier 


When New Orleans anchor-reporter Lee Zurik left WWL last year for crosstown rival WVUE, he said that the move was made in part because “I’ll be able to do more investigative reporting than I’ve ever done.” Now he has an Emmy to back up his decision as WVUE brought home a Suncoast Emmy Award this week for an investigation report that Zurik worked on titled “Judge Investigation.”

Emmys were announced this week for the Suncoast chapter of NATAS, which includes stations throughout the state of Florida as well as Puerto Rico and a few markets in Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana. Not surprisingly, Florida stations took home the most awards, with Miami and Tampa emerging as the markets receiving the most votes.


Joining Zurik and WVUE as winners in the Investigative Report category were Miami’s WTVJ, Tampa’s WFLA, and WLII of San Juan, Puerto Rico, which garnered two awards in the category.

In the General Assignment Report category, Tampa’s WTSP took home two awards while its bay area rival WFTS won one, as did WTVJ and Pensacola’s WKRG. WFTS dominated the Spot News category, winning two with WTVJ again winning one.

Examples of WFTS‘s and WTSP‘s winning reports are available on their websites. For Spot News, WFTS, and ABC-affiliate won for coverage titled “Missing Girl” about an 11-year-old who went missing but was eventually found alone in the woods (video here). For General Assignment Report, WTSP got a statue for its cleverly shot report on a local barber shop that calls its beer-soaked, pool table-equipped salon a “Man Cave” (video here).

Full list of winners…