May 5, 2003
WHAS wins Emmy for coverage of the Paul Patton scandal
Louisville, KY -- On Saturday evening, April 26th, the 39th Annual Midwestern Regional Emmy Awards presented WHAS-TV with one of the most prestigious awards the chapter has to offer. The Board of Governors Award was given to the WHAS Crusade for Children for 50 years of service to children. Since 1954, the WHAS Crusade for Children has been helping special needs children in Kentucky and Southern Indiana and has raised nearly $96 million to help fund hospitals, schools and agencies that make life better for children with special needs.
In addition, the entire WHAS11 News staff received a "Team Effort" Emmy for News Event Coverage, the biggest news award of the night, for "Downfall of a Governor" coverage of the Paul Patton scandal. WHAS11 NEWS I-Team investigative reporter Mark Hebert and photographer Heidi Thiel also won an Emmy for Investigative Reporting and breaking the "Paul Patton Scandal". News Director Scott Diener said, "The breaking of the biggest story in Kentucky in years was truly a team effort.
Mark Hebert led the way and every staff member contributed thereafter. We are truly honored to win such a prestigious award." WHAS-TV Vice President and General Manager Robert Klingle added, "I think the WHAS-TV team of journalists do a spectacular job day in and day out for the viewers of the Kentuckiana region, and recognition for some of these extraordinary efforts is well deserved."
More WHAS-TV Emmy Winners from Saturday night: Sports reporter Brad Knoop and photographer Heidi Thiel won an Emmy in Sports Programming for "Valley Sports Season of Dreams." Anchor Barry Bernson and photographer Pete Ruiz won an Emmy for Feature News Story for "Shakespeare Behind Bars." Reporter Eric Zager and Photographer Greg Cuson won an Emmy for General News Story for "Raccoon House."
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.