March 31, 2004

WCNC-TV honored with five Edward R. Murrow awards

Charlotte, NC -- WCNC-TV/6 News has won five regional Edward R. Murrow awards, more than any other television station in the five-state region.

The Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) has been honoring outstanding achievement in electronic journalism with the Murrow Awards since 1971. Earlier this month, 33 radio and television news managers from 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 winning entries from WCNC are:

Writing: Ann Sheridan

Feature Reporting: "The Tim Hayes Story," Ann Sheridan -- reporter, Stephanie Johnson - photographer/editor.

Investigative Reporting: "The Textile Center Investigation," Jeff Sonier -- reporter, John Gray " photographer/editor

News Series: "Medicaid Dental," Stuart Watson -- reporter, Rick Yarborough --producer, Stephanie Johnson -- photographer/editor

Sports Reporting: "Fore Eyes," Mike Redding -- reporter, Andy Benton -- photographer/editor

"The on-going commitment to excellence in journalism is embodied in each an every one of the individuals responsible for these reports," said Keith Connors, WCNC news director. "We are honored by the awards, but more importantly are affirmed that day in, day out, the viewers in our community are being served by the best news organization in the market. 6 News."


WCNC-TV is part 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 7,900 employees and $1.4 billion in annual revenues, Belo operates news and information franchises in some of Americas 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 15 markets) reaching 13.8 percent of U.S. television households; owns or operates 10 cable news channels; and manages one television station through a local marketing agreement. Belo's daily newspapers include 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 more than 30 Web sites, several interactive alliances and a broad range of Internet-based products. Additional information, including earnings releases, is available online at For more information contact John Rice, Director of Creative Services" WCNC-TV at 704-329-3684 or email