May 13, 2003
Belo presents 2003 William H. Seay Award to Carolyn J. Barta
Dallas, TX --Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC) announced today that Carolyn J. Barta, editorial writer and columnist for The Dallas Morning News and a journalist for the newspaper for four decades, received the William H. Seay Award at the Company's Annual Meeting of Shareholders.
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 to Barta, Jack Sander, Belo's executive vice president/Media Operations, said: "As a witness to history, and as a serious journalist of accomplishment, Carolyn has few peers within Belo. She has covered virtually every important topic and known just about every significant political figure of the last four decades.
"Carolyn has made her mark as a top reporter, superb editor, leader, teacher and writer of books. Her straight-arrow, professional approach has won an admiring reputation for integrity and good judgment. But she has a common touch, too, that engenders trust and makes extraordinary people want to be around her, talk to her and hear what she has to say."
Barta began her career with The Dallas Morning News in 1961 as a copy editor. After leaving the newspaper from 1963-1964, she returned in 1965 as a general assignments reporter and advanced to roles covering education, city hall, and state politics.
Barta created The News' "Viewpoints" page in the early 1980s and was a founding editor of the "Sunday Reader" section. She served as "Viewpoints" editor and editorial page associate editor from 1986 to 1994. In 1995, she joined the newspaper's national desk as a correspondent and covered, among other stories, the 1996 and 2000 presidential campaigns. She currently teaches journalism at Southern Methodist University, while continuing to contribute to The Dallas Morning News as an editorial writer and columnist.
A Dallas native, Barta has authored two books, one on Ross Perot and one on former Texas Governor Bill Clements.
About 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 nine 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 Scott Baradell, vice president/Corporate Communications, at 214-977-2067. Additional information, including earnings releases, is available online at www.belo.com.