March 25, 2003
WFAA-TV honored with top regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for News Excellence
Dallas, TX -- The Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) has announced WFAA-TV as a regional winner of three 2003 Edward R. Murrow Awards for Excellence in electronic journalism. Region six of the RTNDA includes all markets in Texas and Oklahoma.
WFAA's 2003 regional Murrow Awards include: overall excellence, best newscast for the station's 10 p.m. coverage of a Garland, Texas church bus crash and best use of video for a story about Colorado firefighters by News 8 photojournalist Doug Burgess called "fire fliers."
"We are honored to receive this recognition from our peers," said WFAA VP/news, David Duitch. "Overall excellence speaks to the many great people at this television station and their long-standing commitment to quality journalism. Being named best newscast is also gratifying; it is something we pride ourselves on producing. The award for best use of video speaks to the high quality of photojournalists at WFAA."
WFAA has a long history of Murrow recognition by RTNDA both regionally and nationally. In 2002 the station was honored with six out of 10 Region Six awards including overall excellence and best newscast, as well as a national Murrow Award for the best local investigation. This year marked the fourth time since 1997 WFAA has been recognized with national Murrow honors.
According to the RTNDA web site, the organization received 2,375 regional entries, up 436 from last year. The entries came from all 50 states and 34 countries, and judges gave 442 awards in 13 categories ranging from overall excellence and spot news to continuing coverage and investigative reporting.
Earlier this month, 22 radio and television news managers from various size markets across the country spent three days judging the entries. Regional winners automatically become eligible for the national awards competition, which will be judged in early June. The national Edward R. Murrow Awards will be presented on October 13 at a gala dinner in New York.
RTNDA is the world's largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. RTNDA represents local and network news executives in broadcasting, cable and other electronic media in more than 30 countries. The organization has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. The late CBS journalist's pursuit of excellence in journalism embodies the spirit of the awards that carry his name. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession.
WFAA-TV is a subsidiary of Belo Corp., one of the nation's largest media companies with a diversified group of market-leading television, newspaper, cable and interactive media assets. A Fortune 1000 company with approximately 7,800 employees and $1.4 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 19 television stations (six in the top 16 markets) reaching 13.7 percent of U.S. television households; owns or operates six cable news channels; and manages one television station through a local marketing agreement. Belo publishes four daily newspapers: The Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) and the Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, TX). Belo Interactive's new media businesses include 34 Web sites, several interactive alliances, and a broad range of Internet-based products. For more information, contact David F. Muscari, vice president/strategic alliances, at (214) 977-6490. Additional information, including earnings releases, is available online at www.belo.com.