Pinay wins Emmy for CNN story

44_news-1.jpg(via FilipinoExpress) NEW YORK CITY — A Filipino American woman won an Emmy Award for a television feature she coproduced for CNN. Chris Gajilan, 29, senior medical producer of CNN, was one of three producers of Charity Hospital, which was named Outstanding Feature Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast at the 27th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on September 25.

‘Charity Hospital’ was one of the segments of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360.

‘Charity Hospital’ is about the doctors and nurses at a hospital of the same name in New Orleans who worked tirelessly to keep their patients alive and struggled to get them to safety in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Gajilan, together with CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta were able to reach the hospital a few days after Katrina and document the dire circumstances facing the medical team.

Sleeping and surviving inside the hospital for two days, they captured the passion and dedication of this unbelievable rescue effort.

“In a week where heroes emerged against the odds, Charity Hospital doctors stood out for their selfless mission to save their patients,” Gajilan said.

‘Charity Hospital’ was also given an award by the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Aside from Gajilan and Gupta, the other members of the news staff who produced ‘Charity Hospital’ were senior executive producers David Doss; executive producers Sid Bedingfield, Kathleen Friery; senior broadcast producer Charlie Moore; managing editor Bud Bultman; executive director of production Jody Gottlieb; post-production producer Matt Scheibner; and producers Robert Howell, Heather O�Neill and Dave Timko.

Gajilan is the daughter of Lito A. Gajilan Jr., publisher of The Filipino Express.

She used to help her father and an elder sister in editing and running the family-owned publication.

“My passion for journalism begins with the tutelage of my sister Arlyn and father Lito in journalism and my mother Aurora in the importance of story-telling,” Gajilan said.

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