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2018 NY EMMYS

The Cost of Corruption

Emmy winner 2018

The Cost of Corruption

A dumpster-diving whistleblower shed light on alleged corruption in the town of Oyster Bay. After two years reporting on the story, federal investigators have brought charges against Nassau's top politician and his wife, and a town's supervisor, in a case that began with a local restaurateur.

Viva Africa

Emmy winner 2018

Viva Africa

Shadrack Boakye, who came to Brentwood as a refugee from Liberia, Africa, now writes and directs youth-oriented plays on Long Island with the Truth Urban Theater Group.

In Love and Death

Emmy winner 2018

In Love and Death

During the hardest period of their lives, families turn to Vanessa Zenz, a funeral director, for comfort during their grief. Her sincere care for her job and the people she meets and takes care of is anything but ordinary.

Precedent: Reflecting on Japanese internment

Emmy winner 2018

Precedent: Reflecting on Japanese internment

Internment survivors Mitsue Salador and Madeleine Sugimoto, along with Robert Machida, whose uncle and aunt were among thousands of Japanese-Americans interned by the U.S. federal government during World War II, share their experiences and discuss how the 1940's atmosphere relates to today's rhetoric.

Bomba drum-making

Emmy winner 2018

Bomba drum-making

Joe Santiago says he hopes to pass the tradition of making bomba drums along to the next generation.

A musical resurrection

Emmy winner 2018

A musical resurrection

David Herman restores instruments rescued from the Holocaust to revive their voices and give them a new life.

Winemaker and Boatbuilder

Emmy winner 2018

Winemaker and Boatbuilder

Trent Preszler is CEO of Bedell Vineyards, and in his spare time has taught himself to build canoes. His Mattituck workshop is called Preszler Woodshop, and he employs traditional techniques to bend and hone hundreds of strips of assorted wood to fashion his canoes.

How Hewlett’s helmet sensors work

Emmy winner 2018

How Hewlett’s helmet sensors work

Hewlett High School invested in sensor technology to monitor the safety of its athletes in football and boys lacrosse. It became the first high school on Long Island to use a new sensor system from Canada-based GForceTracker. Here's how it works.

Helmets optional for high school girls lacrosse players

Emmy winner 2018

Helmets optional for high school girls lacrosse players

High school girls lacrosse players now have the option of wearing new lacrosse-specific helmets, renewing a decade-old debate over whether headgear will make the game more physical and aggressive.

Softball pitchers turning to protective facemasks

Emmy winner 2018

Softball pitchers turning to protective facemasks

Some high school pitchers on Long Island are now choosing to wear a protective facemask since there has been increased awareness in all sports about the dangers of head injuries.

Sanctuaries

Emmy nominee 2018

Sanctuaries

Seven religious leaders tell us how they view “sanctuary.” Even though the term is rooted in shared principles, each of the faith-based communities offer a unique perspective on providing physical and spiritual refuge to those in need.

Remembering 1st Lt. Joseph Theinert

Emmy nominee 2018

Remembering 1st Lt. Joseph Theinert

First Lt. Joseph Theinert was killed in Afghanistan almost seven years ago when his unit was under heavy fire when an improvised bomb exploded near him. Theinert's parents are involved in giving support to veterans and Gold Star Families through the Joseph J. Theinert Memorial Fund.

The Cut

Emmy nominee 2018

The Cut

We examined the stories and dangers of cutting weight experienced by MMA fighters, boxers, wrestlers and jockeys.

Sylvia Smith

Emmy nominee 2018

Sylvia Smith

After serving as a waitress there for half her life, Smith says goodbye to the patrons and co-workers she regards as family.

Birthday Wishes

Emmy nominee 2018

Birthday Wishes

A Long Island organization, Birthday Wishes, throws birthday parties for children living in homeless shelters. Newsday takes you along to a few parties and peers into the lighter moments of a mother and son's time in a shelter made a little brighter by the organization.

2017 NY EMMYS

The Last Trailer Park

Emmy winner 2017

The Last Trailer Park

Inside the last trailer park in Nassau County, a tight-knit community has dispersed after a spirited 9-year legal battle that the residents were never equipped to fight. Newsday followed the last remaining family as it struggled against a deadline to find an alternative to becoming homeless.

Out of the Shadows: Remembering the Negro Leagues

Emmy winner 2017

Out of the Shadows: Remembering the Negro Leagues

From archival interviews with Negro League legends Buck O'Neil and Monte Irvin to commentary from contemporary baseball figures lJoe Torre, Curtis Granderson, Tony Clark and Rob Manfred, Newsday examines the history of Negro League baseball the breaking of the color barrier.

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church recovers from fire

Emmy winner 2017

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church recovers from fire

After a devastating fire last July, the congregants of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in West Babylon are finally back in their building. After months of rebuilding and the cleaning of icons, they will hold their Easter services inside their church on Sunday, May 1, 2016.

Chris Weidman: The Fighter and the Father

Emmy winner 2017

Chris Weidman: The Fighter and the Father

Explore the professional and personal lives of the former UFC champion Chris Weidman through a parallel video experience. Using a unique, dual-view technique, the viewer can toggle between two timelines, Weidman the father and Weidman the fighter.

2016 NY EMMYS

Life After Football

Emmy winner 2016

Life After Football

Newsday explores why so many former NFL players struggle while transitioning to life after football. Hear from former players including Wesley Walker, Boomer Esiason, and more.

Gabriel's World

Emmy winner 2016

Gabriel's World

It's probably safe to say you've never met a child like Gabriel Dispenziere. Gabriel, who has eosinophilic esophagitis, is allergic to nearly all food.

The Spice of Life

Emmy winner 2016

The Spice of Life

Nonagenarian Earl Fultz of East Marion finds a hot seller in cHarissa, a cumin-and-olive-oil-based condiment he bottles in tribute to his late wife, Gloria.

Hush

Emmy winner 2016

Hush

Chef Marc Anthony Bynum gave Newsday a behind-the-scenes look at the life and struggles of a chef trying to open his first restaurant.

2015 NY EMMYS

Reptile Guy

Emmy winner 2015

Reptile Guy

For Erik Callender, following his dream means teaching about dozens of reptiles, some rescued, to audiences at parties, schools and events.

Creating Sea Salt

Emmy winner 2015

Creating Sea Salt

Scott and Kassata Bollman of Southold run North Fork Sea Salt, a sea salt-making business. The young married couple create the salt from water harvested on the North Fork.

JFK's Message of Hope

Emmy winner 2015

JFK's Message of Hope

Sen. Charles Schumer, Rep. Peter King, former Gov. David Paterson and other politicians and historians share their views on JFK's legacy.

Eddie Gordon's rise in MMA

Emmy winner 2015

Eddie Gordon's rise in MMA

The story of how this Freeport resident went from a 300-pound former college football player to the winner of Season 19 of the UFC's Ultimate Fighter.

2014 NY EMMYS

Against all odds

EMMY WINNER 2014

Against all odds

Six Long Islanders who were diagnosed with terminal illnesses talk about their grim prognoses and how they overcame the odds to become survivors.

The new farmers

Emmy winner 2014

The new farmers

On the East End, where suburbia gives way to open spaces, a new breed of farmer takes root. They walked away from established jobs to till the earth. Local sustainable agriculture is not just their career, it's a lifestyle.

2013 NY EMMYS

Racer's struggle to go pro

Emmy winner 2013

Racer's struggle to go pro

Ben Rio, a Long Island motocross racer, is coping with the challenges of becoming a professional, while developing close relationships with the kids he mentors in the sport and helping them with their own challenges.

2012 NY EMMY WINNERS

9/11: A decade later

EMMY WINNER 2012

9/11: A decade later

From a laugh that has been silenced to a favorite recipe that remains uncooked, time does not heal all wounds. A decade after the terror attacks on the World Trade Center, more than 75 Long Island families who lost loves ones that morning shared on camera not only their stories, but their souls in this Emmy Award-winning multimedia project.

A little girl's fight to live

Emmy winner 2012

A little girl's fight to live

Marisa Carney, 5, was diagnosed with an extremely rare childhood brain disorder that causes uncontrollable obesity and breathing problems, putting the afflicted at risk for seizures, cardiac arrest and death. There are only 75 documented cases worldwide, no known cause and no cure.

In Focus: Long Island

There are times when one sound byte can tell a story. Or when a single tweet can give you all you need. But some times there are layers to a story. Some times there are complexities that need to be drawn out. When you want deeper, documentary-style storytelling, In Focus is your destination. This page is where you will find the most visually interesting and comprehensive multimedia reporting on Long Island.

Street Racer: The culture of speed on Long Island

Street Racer: The culture of speed on Long Island

For two years, Newsday has followed and filmed various Long Island drag racers. While some practice the sport legally, there exists a sub-culture of racers who do not. The consequences of those illegal street races have, at times, led to tragedy. For decades, there were three sanctioned drag strips on Long Island. But each has been shuttered, leaving many in the film to wonder, if Long Island still had a legal drag strip, would that curtail the amount of illegal racing?

The Last Trailer Park

The Last Trailer Park

Inside the last trailer park in Nassau County, a tight-knit community has dispersed after a spirited 9-year legal battle that the residents were never equipped to fight. Newsday followed the last remaining family as it struggled against a deadline to find an alternative to becoming homeless.

Miracle in 5th Period

Miracle in 5th Period

On the eighth day of classes in September, Wisdom Lane Middle School eighth-grader Jessica Lemus of Levittown suffered cardiac arrest during fifth-period science class, and her heart stopped for 7 minutes. This documentary details how everyone's life has been changed - especially hers.

The Cost of Corruption

The Cost of Corruption

A dumpster-diving whistleblower shed light on alleged corruption in the town of Oyster Bay. After two years reporting on the story, federal investigators have brought charges against Nassau's top politician and his wife, and a town's supervisor, in a case that began with a local restaurateur.

 In Love and Death

In Love and Death

During the hardest period of their lives, families turn to Vanessa Zenz, a funeral director, for comfort during their grief. Her sincere care for her job and the people she meets and takes care of is anything but ordinary.

Hopkins, Trinidad and 9/11

Hopkins, Trinidad and 9/11

The middleweight championship fight between Bernard Hopkins and Felix Trinidad was scheduled for Sept. 15, 2001. When terrorists attacked the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, the fight at Madison Square Garden was postponed for two weeks. Hopkins and other people who were at the Garden that night recall the emotions surrounding the event.

Warriors for life

Warriors for life

A pair of teams from a small, underestimated Suffolk town claimed state basketball titles side by side, a feat that had not been accomplished by a public school on Long Island. Thirty five years later the Wyandanch Warriors reconnect to tell their story.

A Winning Team

A Winning Team

Twins John and Joe Tardif were born prematurely and their parents were not sure they would survive. Now, 18 years later, Joe is an accomplished athlete who is a star player in baseball, soccer and basketball. John has cerebral palsy, uses a wheelchair and cannot speak, but he is Joe's biggest fan and never misses a game.

Chris Weidman: The Fighter and the Father

Chris Weidman: The Fighter and the Father

Explore the professional and personal lives of the former UFC champion Chris Weidman through a parallel video experience. Using a unique, dual-view technique, the viewer can toggle between two timelines, Weidman the father and Weidman the fighter.

Out of the Shadows: Remembering the Negro Leagues

Out of the Shadows: Remembering the Negro Leagues

Newsday examines the history of Negro League baseball and the breaking of Major League Baseball's color barrier.

East End farmer seeks seed revolution

East End farmer seeks seed revolution

Stephanie Gaylor, of Invincible Summer Farms, collects and sells seeds in the hopes of making Long Island a hotbed of heirloom diversity.

Thanksgiving Across Long Island

Thanksgiving Across Long Island

From paper turkeys to hiding coins in the mashed potatoes, you never know what’s going to happen at a Long Island Thanksgiving. For 2016, Newsday asked nine families to share with us their traditions and dinner table for a YouTube 360-degree video experience. You can look around the room by dragging your mouse on your computer or tilting your mobile device right, left, up or down.

Sports documentaries

Mission Impossible

MMA

Mission Impossible

On April 7, 2007, at UFC 69 in Houston, Texas, Long Island's Matt Serra accomplished his dream of becoming UFC welterweight champion. Serra, a huge underdog in the fight, promised everyone he would shock the world that night. He did just that when he knocked out Canadian superstar Georges St-Pierre in the first round. Ten years later, it remains the biggest upset in UFC history.

The Rivalry: Isles vs. Rangers

HOCKEY

The Rivalry: Isles vs. Rangers

The fierce rivalry between the Rangers and Islanders started back on their first meeting at Nassau Coliseum on Oct. 21, 1972. Players and fans from both teams have changed over the years, but the level of play and competitive fire between these teams has never faded.

Out of the Shadows

BASEBALL

Out of the Shadows

From archival interviews with Negro League legends Buck O'Neil and Monte Irvin to commentary from contemporary baseball figures Joe Torre, Curtis Granderson, Tony Clark and Rob Manfred, Newsday examines the history of Negro League baseball the breaking of the color barrier.

From LI to the NFL

FOOTBALL

From LI to the NFL

Victor Ochi went from raw talent at Valley Stream Central High School to one of the best players in Stony Brook football history. Now, after a long pre-draft process, he's one of the newest members of the Baltimore Ravens. Newsday followed Ochi as he went through the rigors of the NFL Combine, Pro Day and the draft chasing his longtime dream of playing in the NFL.

A season to remember

HIGH SCHOOL

A season to remember

In 1974, New York State was one of four states that didn't have a state basketball championship. Then the Top Eight was created. St. Anthony's coach Gus Alfieri and the Friars beat Long Island Lutheran to win the first ever Top Eight tournament held at Hofstra University.

Warriors for life

HIGH SCHOOL

Warriors for life

A pair of teams from a small, underestimated Suffolk town claimed state basketball titles side by side, a feat that had not been accomplished by a public school on Long Island. Thirty five years later the Wyandanch Warriors reconnect to tell their story.

Kiira's hockey life

HOCKEY

Kiira's hockey life

By day, Kiira Dosdall is a project specialist for Schoology, a learning management system used in education throughout the world. But on nights and weekends, she’s a professional hockey player with the New York Riveters of the National Women’s Hockey League.

Leaving LI: Isles' last season at Nassau Coliseum

HOCKEY

Leaving LI: Isles' last season at Nassau Coliseum

After more than 40 years of playing their games at Nassau Coliseum, the Islanders moved to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the 2015-16. But “the old barn” rocked in its final season. Newsday followed Islanders employees, fans and players throughout the emotional ride during their last season at the Nassau Coliseum.

Muhammad Ali: fighter, activist, icon

BOXING

Muhammad Ali: fighter, activist, icon

Muhammad Ali may be the greatest boxer of all time, but that's just a small part of the impact he made on society as a whole. From his outspoken demeanor around boxing to his political views, from his converting to Islam to his refusing to be drafted into the Vietnam War, Muhammad Ali is a transcendant cultural figure.

Hopkins, Trinidad and 9/11

BOXING

Hopkins, Trinidad and 9/11

The middleweight championship fight between Bernard Hopkins and Felix Trinidad was scheduled for Sept. 15, 2001. When terrorists attacked the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, the fight at Madison Square Garden was postponed for two weeks. Hopkins and other people who were at the Garden that night recall the emotions surrounding the event.

Life after football

FOOTBALL

Life after football

Newsday explores why so many former NFL players struggle while transitioning to life after football in this special report. Hear from former players including Wesley Walker, Boomer Esiason, Bruce Harper and more.
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Under the helmet

FOOTBALL

Under the helmet

An in-depth look at concussions and helmet safety and how they have impacted high school football players on Long Island.

Undefeated

MMA

Undefeated

Baldwin's Chris Weidman, the undefeated UFC middleweight champion, defended his title for a third consecutive time by beating Vitor Belfort at UFC 187 in Las Vegas.

Upset special

MMA

Upset special

Relive Chris Weidman's stunning victory over then-UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 162 in Las Vegas on July 6, 2013.

Leave no doubt

MMA

Leave no doubt

From the gym to the sauna, from the hotel room to the Octagon, Newsday chronicled Baldwin's Chris Weidman in Las Vegas as he prepared to defend his title against Anderson Silva at UFC 168 on Dec. 28, 2013.

The champ is here

MMA

The champ is here

Another fight week, another behind-the-scenes look at Chris Weidman as he defends his title against Lyoto Machida at UFC 175 on July 5, 2014.

Salute to the Captain

BASEBALL

Salute to the Captain

Yankees captain Derek Jeter said in February that 2014 would be his final season. Newsday traveled to Camden Yards in Baltimore, Fenway Park in Boston, Citi Field and Yankee Stadium to tell the story of what Jeter meant to Major League Baseball, its players and fans during his 20 seasons.

The Belmont backstretch

HORSE RACING

The Belmont backstretch

The preparation to make him a Triple Crown winner begins on the backstretch and at Belmont Park, the backstretch is a community unto itself.

From Paramount to Pacquiao

BOXING

From Paramount to Pacquiao

In less than one year, Greenlawn-raised Chris Algieri went from boxing at The Paramount in Huntington to facing Manny Pacquiao on HBO pay-per-view in Macau, China. This is the story of his ascent.

'Truck'

MMA

'Truck'

The story of how Freeport's Eddie Gordon went from a 300-pound former college football player to the winner of Season 19 of the UFC's Ultimate Fighter.

Test of the Champion

HORSE RACING

Test of the Champion

To become an immortal, the horse must beat all challengers at the Kentucky Derby, then again two weeks later at the Preakness, then again three weeks later in New York at the Belmont Stakes.

Determined to play

FOOTBALL

Determined to play

As a young boy, Naji Nizam fell in love with football. Playing was all he ever wanted to do, and he wouldn't let anything stand in his way. Not even the debilitating disease that should have made the Port Jefferson boy's goal impossible.

'Boogie'

BASKETBALL

'Boogie'

What makes Lauren Brozoski a good basketball player? Why does everyone call her “Boogie”? Newsday takes an in-depth look at the Long Island Lutheran senior point guard as she plays her final season before going to Michigan and continuing her dream of playing in the WNBA.

Brendan Gallagher: Always a General

HIGH SCHOOLS

Brendan Gallagher: Always a General

At Douglas MacArthur High School in Levittown, the story is not about bullying or outcasts, but rather, how many students rally around Brendan Gallagher, a classmate with severe autism.

Nine Days in April

SPORTS

Nine Days in April

For a nine-day stretch in April, it felt like New York was the sports capital of America. There was playoff basketball, championship boxing, Harvey vs. Strasburg, the NFL Draft and so much more. In this special video presentation narrated by film director and 'Entourage' star Kevin Connolly, Newsday takes you along for the ride.

Vinny the Dentist

BOXING

Vinny the Dentist

Vinny Savino, a dentist from Brookville, turned to boxing to help overcome the hardships in his life. Savino, 80, has forged a bond with the young fighters.

A Fighting Chance

BOXING

A Fighting Chance

The people who have been around the Westbury boxing gym the longest will tell you that the real success of the gym isn't its champions, but those fighters who went on to lead productive lives away from the ring. Newsday spent 14 months following these fighters and trainers.

Long Island animal rescues: Cats, dogs, ducks and more

From ducklings trapped in storm drains to beached baby seals, Long Island has seen its fair share of animal rescues. Newsday captured 13 unpredictable situations on video as emergency personnel rescued all types of animals, from kittens and dogs to seals and horses.

KITTENS

Meowing in minivan

Mastic

Meowing in minivan

Alexander Morales of Mastic was on his way to school on June 24, 2015, when he heard a meowing coming from the family's Toyota Sienna minivan. Suffolk County Police Emergency Services jacked up the vehicle and worked under the hood in order to remove the kitten that had gotten stuck.

Trapped in Jeep Wrangler

Terryville

Trapped in Jeep Wrangler

On June 10, 2015, the Terryville Fire Department rescued a kitten that had gotten trapped in the undercarriage of a resident's Jeep Wrangler. It took the fire department about an hour to rescue the kitten, using a combination of air bags and mechanical tools.



HORSE

Hauled from the pool

Bohemia

Hauled from the pool

A horse was rescued from a pool in a Bohemia backyard Dec. 11, 2013. It took about 45 minutes for Suffolk County police emergency service officers, Fifth Precinct officers and Town of Islip animal control officers to rescue the horse, who was named Quartermoon.



SEALS

Washed up on shore

Westhampton Beach

Washed up on shore

A young male harbor seal rescued from Dune Road in Westhampton Beach on Jan. 25, 2014, was the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation's first marine animal rescue of the year. The seal arrived in critical condition.

Alone on the beach

Atlantic Beach

Alone on the beach

A harbor seal pup was transported to the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation on June 2, 2013, after being rescued by the foundation's personnel at Atlantic Beach.



CHICKS & DUCKLINGS

Stranded near pet store

Hempstead

Stranded near pet store

Twenty-five baby chicks found outside a Hempstead pet store on Jan. 10, 2014, were adopted by a Riverhead 4-H camp.

Ventured into storm drain

Middle Island

Ventured into storm drain

Eight ducklings were reunited with their mother on June 28, 2015, after venturing into a muddy storm drain in Middle Island, police said.

Fell through drain cover

Holtsville

Fell through drain cover

Eight ducklings were trapped in a storm drain in Holtsville until they were brought to safety by Suffolk County Emergency Services Unit officers on June 26, 2013.

Lost at movie theater

Holtsville

Lost at movie theater

In a theater parking lot, Edwin Andino and his children noticed a mother duck quacking to her babies in a storm drain. Suffolk police and Holtsville firefighters rescued the babies on June 24, 2013.



DOGS

Surviving frigid waters

Rockville Centre

Surviving frigid waters

On Jan. 22, 2015, a lucky dog was reunited with his owner after being rescued by Rockville Centre firefighters from the frigid waters in Hempstead Lake State Park.

Battling the flames

Deer Park

Battling the flames

A hound mix named DiDi was rescued and revived by firefighters responding to a Deer Park blaze on Nov. 7, 2013. She was taken to Deer Park Animal Hospital for treatment.



TURTLES

Tangled in the traps

Montauk

Tangled in the traps

A Coast Guard crew from Montauk rescued an ensnared giant sea turtle discovered tangled in a lobster trap line in Fort Pond Bay on June 15, 2015.

Stuck in the buoy

Orient Point

Stuck in the buoy

A leatherback sea turtle got a lucky assist July 19, 2013, after getting tangled in a lobster buoy about 2 miles off Orient Point.