June 18, 2003
Dallas-Fort Worth station named Best Newscast in America
Dallas, TX -- WFAA-TV has been recognized with a pair of Edward R. Murrow Awards by the Radio Television News Directors Association (RTNDA). The station was named America's best newscast in a large market, and was honored with a second award for best use of video.
The best newscast award was given to the station in recognition of the station's coverage of a tragic bus crash outside of Terrell, Texas in June of 2002, when high school students from a Dallas suburb were killed while on their way to a camp in Louisiana. WFAA's Rob Cartwright produced the 10 p.m. broadcast that was honored by RTNDA.
"I am extremely pleased to announce that once again WFAA is the recipient of two national Murrow Awards in the same year," said WFAA vice president/news, David Duitch. "This marks the fifth time the station has been honored with national Murrow awards since 2000. It is a wonderful recognition that makes us all proud."
Last year WFAA's News 8 Investigates unit was honored with a nation Murrow Award for America's best local news investigation in a large market. In 2000 the Dallas-Fort Worth ABC affiliate was recognized with a pair of national Murrow awards for best newscast and best investigative report. Earlier this year WFAA was honored with the George Foster Peabody Award and a duPont-Columbia University Award for a local investigation into charges of corruption within the Dallas Police department.
The best use of video award featured the work of WFAA news photographer Doug Burgess, and environmental reporter Don Wall on a story about Texans who move to Colorado, and the forest fires that struck the area last year.
RTNDA has honored television news stations with Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971 in memory of the legendary broadcast pioneer. According to RTNDA, "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 electronic news profession." The awards ceremony is scheduled for later this year in New York.
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.