May 9, 2001
Belo presents the William H. Seay Award to KING-TV Anchor Jean Enersen
Dallas, TX -- Belo (NYSE: BLC) announced that Jean Enersen, a 33-year broadcast veteran of Belo's KING-TV (NBC) in Seattle/Tacoma and television's first anchorwoman on a regularly scheduled newscast locally or nationally, received the William H. Seay Award at the Company's Annual Meeting of Shareholders held today in Dallas.
The award is named in honor of the late William H. Seay, who served on Belo's Board of Directors for 22 years prior to retiring in 1995. The award is given annually to an employee whose standards and values reflect Seay's integrity, loyalty, journalistic standards and community commitment.
In presenting the award, Jack Sander, Belo's executive vice president/Media Operations, said, "Jean is a wonderful role model for all young journalists. Her distinguished career has many highlights -- all targeted to quality work, loyalty to her profession and a love of her community. She always represents Belo, KING-TV and herself in a first class manner. This is a fitting award for a dedicated broadcaster."
Enersen joined KING in 1968 and became the station's evening news anchor in 1972. She is one of the most popular and respected news anchors in the Northwest and currently co-anchors KING's weeknight news at 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. with Dennis Bounds.
She also reports on health-related issues on KING's daily "Healthlink."
Enersen has received numerous broadcasting awards including the Best News Anchor Regional Emmy Award, and has been inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle in Seattle. She has worked with KING on several award-winning specials including "Washington 2000," which received a duPont-Columbia Award, one of journalism's most prestigious prizes.
Enersen has covered international news events in Russia and Japan, and recently traveled to Africa with the Gates Foundation to examine global health issues in a documentary called "Sharing the Wealth." In 1988, she became the first American journalist to appear live on Soviet television to offer commentary on Soviet society.
An annual reader poll by The Seattle Weekly named Enersen "Seattle's Most Trusted Anchor," "Seattle's Best Television Interviewer," "Best Local Journalist/Reporter" and "Best Anchor."
Enersen is a former member of Stanford University's Board of Trustees and currently serves on the board of Stanford's Hoover Institution. In civic affairs, she serves as president of the Board of the YWCA of Seattle-King County/Snohomish County, co-chairs the annual Northwest AIDS Walk, and volunteers for the University of Washington, United Way and the New Beginnings Shelter for battered women.
Enersen holds a bachelor of arts degree with honors in political science as well as master's degrees in political science and broadcasting from Stanford University. She has received honorary doctorates from Whitman College and Seattle University.
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 four 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 Skip Cass, Belo's senior vice president at 214-977-6602. Additional information, including earnings releases, is available online at www.belo.com.