The Tampa Bay Times and WFTS-Ch. 28 have received an Emmy Award for their joint investigation into trauma centers across Florida.
"Insult to Injury," a yearlong investigation that included print, Web and broadcast components, was named the winner in the health/science category by the Suncoast chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Reporters spent a year examining trauma centers and discovered many hospitals charge outrageous fees to patients who need little more than first aid. The fees can top $30,000 for a few hours of care. Reporters also found some trauma centers regularly accept children that they are ill-equipped to treat.
Times reporter Alexandra Zayas and former staff writer Letitia Stein were honored for their work along with ABC Action News team members Adam Walser, Doug Iten, Francis Gilpin and Matt McGlashen.