Meteorologist Daniel Phillips Wins Suncoast Emmy in Environment and Science Category

LAFAYETTE – KATC meteorologist Daniel Phillips won a Suncoast Regional Emmy Award on Saturday night for a special report in the Environment and Science category for his package, fading away.

Phillips’ report on Louisiana’s vast battle against coastal erosion takes an in-depth look at the complicated state of Louisiana that makes it vulnerable to erosion and subsidence, and the endangerment it places on the life of the local population.

“A mixture of saltwater intrusion and land sinking contributed to the demise of one of the fastest places on the planet and an existential threat to the state itself …”, begins he does.

Fading Away: A KATC Special Report

This existential threat the state finds itself in has a lot to do with the mighty force of the Mississippi River and the rise in sea level of the Gulf on its edge.

With homes in vulnerable areas historically known as flood plains, and the endangering oyster industry did not make the solutions easy.

Fading Away took home the award among 12 other nominations in this category on very big topics, even topics we didn’t quite understand before and during the pandemic.

Some of the nominations were for stories like saving sea turtles in Cancer Alley from deaths from coronavirus affecting the air we breathe.

Phillips explains why coastal erosion is such a serious topic in this category: “The subject is such a vast and overwhelming story that it has to be told because there are so many moving parts. I am very passionate about the outdoors, camping, hiking and nature. is in trouble. He needs someone to defend him, someone to defend him.

And that’s what Daniel Phillips did. He kept his word and the Suncoast section of the Florida National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recognized his efforts as fading away is at the forefront of its category in the markets of Florida, Louisiana, Alabama and Georgia.

As Chantel Comardelle, of the Isle tribe of Jean Charles, said of Louisiana’s coastal battle against erosion, “It’s cancer that slowly eats away at him and you can see it every time you go there. “

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