Meteorologist Shanna Mendiola wins Emmy Award for plastics in the ocean coverage

Shanna Mendiola Emmy Award
Fil-Am Shanna Mendiola dedicates her win to Filipinos and women of color. Credits Shanna Mendiola Instagram.

Meteorologist Shanna Mendiola proudly acknowledged her Filipino heritage as she won the prestigious Emmy Award in Los Angeles, California.

Mendiola was awarded an Emmy in the Environment News Story category for her report, “Plastic and Our Oceans” aired on NBC4 News Southern California’s weekday morning newscast “Today in LA”.

Shanna Mendiola received her first Television Academy trophy at the 71st Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards ceremonies held at the Television Academy’s Saban Media Center in North Hollywood on July 27. Mendiola and producer Andres Pruna were given the recognition for her two-part report that details the rising problem of plastic debris filling up 88% of the world’s oceans.

Shanna Mendiola went on social media to dedicate her Emmy to women, people of color, and Filipinos saying, “There are very few women and women of color in Broadcast Meteorology and to be Filipino American and win this Emmy – it’s a win for the community and hopefully inspiration for many to follow.”

Shanna also emphasized the need for more awareness about plastic pollution, adding, “I also hope the story about Andres Pruna (her producer) and I put together about plastic pollution in our oceans raises awareness for this issue and gets more people talking about how we can work together to make a change.”

Shanna Mendiola joined NBC4 in 2014 and has been its morning meteorologist since 2017. The Fil-Am meteorologist holds a Bachelor’s degree in Radio and Television from the San Francisco State University. She also studies Meteorology at the Mississippi State University.

Shanna Mendiola is a member of the National Weather Association and the Asian American Journalist Association which is chaired by another Filipino-American, Naomi Tacuyan-Underwood.

Another Filipino-American news personality, Ernabel Demillio, has received Emmy nominations for her reports.

SEND congratulations in the comments below for Shanna Mendiola, Emmy award-winning Fil-Am meteorologist championing Filipinos and women of color in America!

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