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WNCN wins 3 Midsouth Emmy Awards, including best newscast

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Former WNCN reporter Charlotte Huffman accepts the regional Emmy for best evening newscast. Former WNCN reporter Charlotte Huffman accepts the regional Emmy for best evening newscast.
NASHVILLE, N.C. -

On Saturday night, WNCN-TV won three categories in the 28th Midsouth Emmy Awards: Graphic Arts, Evening Newscast and Promo Campaign.

WNCN News at 7 p.m. won best Evening Newscast for its investigative special "Poison in the Water." Producer Kathleen Jacob, former WNCN reporter Charlotte Huffman and photographer Dave Hattman were recognized.

Huffman accepted the award on the station's behalf and credited the win to WNCN giving her the time and resources to "give voice to the voiceless and hold the powerful accountable."

The report earned national fame after exposing the existence of toxic chemicals in the private wells of some Wake Forest neighborhoods and the state's failure to warn neighbors. The coverage sparked legislative action encouraging private well water testing and a public service announcement by Gov. Pat McCrory.

Director of Marketing Robby Thomas won the Graphic Arts category for the station's new on-air graphics package, "L-8." The new on-air look is featured daily in all WNCN newscasts.

Thomas also won the Promo Campaign category with the funny and popular "Weather Facts" promos featuring Chief Meteorologist Wes Hohenstein. Hohenstein and Senior Marketing Producer Zak Ciotti were also recognized for the award.

The station was also nominated for its news special, "The Wilmington 10." The special broadcast looked back on one of North Carolina's most heralded civil rights cases and featured a rare interview with the prosecutor Jay Stroud, in which he said he had no regrets for the way he handled the case.

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