April 28, 2003
WHAS11 wins prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award
Louisville, KY -- WHAS11 News won the regional Edward R. Murrow Award for outstanding achievement in electronic journalism in the "Continuing Coverage" category for coverage of the Paul Patton scandal, it was announced last week by the Radio-Television News Directors Association. WHAS11 News Director Scott Diener informed his news staff saying, "Winning this award is a great honor and tribute to the hard work and dedication of everyone in our news room.
Congratulations to Mark Hebert for his tireless pursuit of the story and to the entire staff for its contributions throughout."
WHAS-TV is the only large market station in Kentucky and the only station (radio or television) in Louisville to win a Murrow this year. The station beat out stations in larger markets such as Charlotte, Raleigh, Nashville, Memphis and Greensboro.
WHAS11 will now compete with 13 other regional winners to win the national Murrow.
As the RTNDA says: "Murrow'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."
WHAS11 is the ABC network affiliate serving the Louisville, Kentucky area, a subsidiary of Belo Corp. Belo Corp. is 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 Kirk Szesny, Director of Marketing and Creative Services, at 502-582-7520. Additional information, including earnings releases, is available online at www.belo.com.