Channel 9 Eyewitness News Wins Big in Weekend Awards

ORLANDO – The Suncoast Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honored Channel 9 Eyewitness News with 5 Emmy Awards for outstanding achievement in television news gathering, special programming, continuing coverage, and feature reporting. The station led the Central Florida news market in Emmy wins and delivered outstanding achievement in categories that truly impacted the people of Central Florida and their communities.
Channel 9 Eyewitness News won in the following categories:

Newscast – Daytime – Larger Markets – Hurricane Irma Recovery – Chantal Watts, Gonzalo Ravelo, Autumn Jones, Vanessa Echols, Jorge Estevez
Continuing Coverage – Within 24 Hours – Officer Shot, Kids Held Hostage – Matt Parcell
Feature News Report – Serious Feature – Beautiful Melody – Steve Barrett, Joshua Salazar
Interview/Discussion – Central Florida Spotlight: Two Years After Pulse Tragedy – Anthony Colarossi, Greg Warmoth, Charles D. Bennethum, IV
Talent – Reporter – Live – Puerto Rican Parade: The Year of Hurricane Maria – Jorge Estevez

In addition to the Emmy wins, Premios Paoli honored WFTV and Channel 9 Eyewitness News with 4 Paoli awards. This prestigious award ceremony celebrates achievements of Hispanics in entertainment, music, and journalism: radio, television, print and social media.

WFTV Channel 9 won in the following categories:

  • American TV News Channel of the Year: WFTV
  • News TV Anchor of the Year: Jorge Estevez
  • Anchor Couple News: Jorge Estevez & Vanessa Echols
  • News Reporter of the Year: Nancy Alvarez

The 35th annual Paoli Award Ceremony was held in Orlando on Sunday December 2, 2018. The awards, which originated in Puerto Rico are now held annually in Orlando. This year marks the first time American journalists in the Orlando market have received numerous recognition in various categories.

“2018 was a banner year for the Eyewitness news brand in Central Florida,” said Paul Curran, market vice president of Cox Media Group Orlando. “It’s wonderful to see the hard work of our Channel 9 journalists get recognized with these prestigious Emmy and Paoli Awards. It is especially gratifying to be the only English language television station in the state to receive four Paoli Awards given the prominence that award has with the Hispanic community.”


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