It’s that time of the year again, the Suncoast Emmy Awards are upon us. Recently the chapter announced nominees and as usual we tallied up the nominations. In total South Florida stations and media grabbed 156 nominations this year with WFOR, Telemundo 51, and WJAN leading the pack with 22, 23, and 24 nominations. In Palm Beach WPEC and WPBF have nomination vying for an Emmy statue as well.

The award ceremony will be held on December 13th at the Westin Beach Resort & Spa.

Miami Stations
WFOR – 22
WTVJ – 10
WSVN – 3
WPLG – 9
WSCV – 23
WLTV – 7
WJAN – 24
WSFL – 3
WBFS – 2
WLRN – 3
WPTB – 5
WSBS – 1
Becon – 1
WDFL Mira TV – 2
Sun Sentinel – 1
Miami Dolphins – 4
Miami Heat – 14
Sun Sports – 14
Royal Palm Films – 2
Common Machine Prod. – 1
Armenoid Productions – 1
Miami-Dade TV – 1
Sportman’s Adventures – 1
Television Marti – 2

Palm Beach Stations
WPTV – 14
WPEC – 2
WPBF – 1

You can see the complete list of nominees here [PDF]


WPTV parent company Scripps is carving out syndicated programming out of  another time slot. This time they’re going with what’s billed as a not a newscast but a “fast-moving locally produced news program that covers news trending on social media and invites the audience to join the conversation”.

The new show named The Now South Florida starts airing today at 4pm, featuring news stories from home and abroad, including weather. Viewers will “will engage, share and interact constantly throughout the hour-long program”. The Now will be produced locally at WPTV but in coordination with a national desk at KMGH in Denver to capture what’s trending across social media sites at that moment.

WPTV anchor Shannon Cake will host The Now, digital reporter Rachel Leitao will also be part of the program along with Katie Johnson who has returned to WPTV as a reporter.

The Now is part of larger effort by Scripps to produce more in-house content and rely less on syndicated programming. Their first in-house shows are The List and Let’s Ask America which replaced Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy and other shows Scripps syndicated via its TV stations.

Ashely Hinson WPTV WFLX

Ashley Hinson is the new WPTV anchor for the 10pm newscast on WFLX. She is native of Texas and comes from Lubbock, TX ABC affiliate KAMC where she anchored the weekday evening newscasts and reported daily. She graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Penn State University in 2012.

Hinson arrives shortly after it was announced that long-time WPTV anchor Shannon Cake is going part-time after asked for reduced duties to be able to spend more time with her family.


You can follow Ashley Hinson on Twitter @ahinsonWPTV, or Facebook.com/AshleyHinsonTV

Dan Krauth WTVJ NBC 6 South Florida

WPTV’s golden boy and investigative reporter Dan Krauth has found his way down south and joined WTVJ with the same job title. Krauth spent the last three years at the Palm Beach affiliate as an investigative reporter winning several awards for his work, most recently a Murrow award for an investigative piece about 911 operators.


Meteorologist Kait Parker left WPTV for the Weather Channel in December and since then station management have been looking for a replacement. Fast forward five months and we learn they have finally found the right person.

Meteorologist Lisa Vaughn will be joining WPTV Newschannel 5 soon, with a fresh degree in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University. She comes to South Florida from WJTV, the CBS affiliate in Jackson, MS where she served as the weekend morning meteorologist since May 2013.

Vaughn is a native of Houston and graduated from the University of Houston in 2009 with a Bachelors in Mathematics. She also earned a Master’s in Statistics from Rice University in 2010.