March 9, 2001
Belo names Feola Vice President/Technology for Belo Interactive
Dallas, TX-- Belo(NYSE: BLC) announced today that Christopher J. Feola, 42, has been named vice president/technology for Belo Interactive, Inc., Belo's Internet subsidiary. He previously served as Belo Interactive's chief of technology.
In his new role, Feola is responsible for Belo Interactive's technology services group, which provides support for Belo Interactive's Web sites and interactive products, and develops new technologies such as the award-winning VelocIT content operating system.
Jim Moroney, president of Belo Interactive, said, "Chris has provided Belo Interactive with extraordinary leadership in technology development. He has extensive knowledge of the technologies of both traditional and new media. Belo Interactive will benefit from his vision regarding the direction of media technology in this digital age."
Before joining Belo Interactive in 1999, Feola was the founding director of The Media Center at the American Press Institute.
From 1988 to 1997, he served as the business editor/news systems editor for the Waterbury Republican-American in Connecticut. He served as the Mesa Tribune's high technology writer from 1987 to 1988 and was an editorial computer systems analyst for Pacific Stars and Stripes in Tokyo from 1985 to 1987.
Feola began his career as a reporter in 1979 at The Whale Newspaper in Southampton, New York and later worked for Suffolk Life Newspapers and The Patriot.
Feola lectures widely on new media, computer-assisted journalism and system design. In addition, Feola was named one the 50 most influential people in new media by the Online Journalism Review. He has made appearances as a new media expert on numerous radio and television programs including "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" on PBS and "Talk of the Nation" on National Public
Radio and has published numerous articles.
Feola has served on the Board of Advisors for Miami (Ohio) University's Center for Interactive Media Studies and sits on the Board of Visitors for the New Media Program at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI). He has also been a member of the adjunct faculty at The Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, the IUPUI School of Journalism, and the Miami (Ohio) University journalism department teaching new media and computer-assisted reporting.
Feola holds a bachelor of science degree in applied arts (writing) from Charter Oak State College in Connecticut.
Belo is one of the nation's largest media companies with a diversified group of market-leading broadcasting, publishing, cable and interactive media assets. A Fortune 1000 company with more than 8,500 employees and $1.5 billion in annual revenues, Belo operates news and information franchises in some of America's most dynamic markets and regions, including Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, Rhode Island, and the Mid-Atlantic region. Belo owns 17 television stations (six in the top 17 markets) reaching 13.7 percent of U.S. television households; owns or operates six cable news channels; and manages three television stations through local marketing agreements. Belo publishes five daily newspapers including The Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal and The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA.). Belo Interactive's new media businesses include 35 Web sites, several interactive alliances, and a broad range of Internet-based products. For more information, contact Jim Moroney, president of Belo Interactive, at 214-977-6685. Additional information, including earnings releases, is available online at http://www.belo.com.