July 13, 2004
Dallas, TX -- Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC) announced today that Dr. Neil Frank, chief meteorologist of KHOU-TV in Houston since 1987, 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 Frank, Jack Sander, Belo's president/Media Operations, said: "Neil has served the Houston area and KHOU viewers for 17 years with a no-nonsense, straight-talking authority and humble, unassuming demeanor that have endeared him to the community. He is an author, scholar, scientist and national expert on hurricanes; he is also a good man. He embodies the virtues that make Belo a successful Company."
Frank joined KHOU in June 1987. Prior to beginning his television career, Frank was director of the National Hurricane Center in Florida for 13 years, where he was the key figure in directing severe tropical weather information to meteorologists and media across the country.
His career began in the United States Air Force where he trained as a weather officer. After the USAF, he returned to Florida State University for graduate study. In 1961, Frank joined the staff of the National Hurricane Center as a forecaster and was named director in 1974. During his tenure, Frank had several international meteorological assignments, including serving as chairman of the International Hurricane Committee that coordinated the hurricane warning procedures for Central and North American countries.
Frank has served on the boards of numerous professional associations. He was elected to a three-year term on the council of the American Meteorological Society, the professional society for meteorologists, in 1989. In 1987, Frank's testimony and expertise were called upon when he testified before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. He has published a variety of papers on tropical meteorology for professional publications and has been featured in such national magazines as Time, Newsweek and National Geographic. Frank was awarded first place in the 1989 Texas Associated Press Awards competition for Best Weathercast.
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A native of Kansas, Frank has a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Southwestern College in Kansas and a master's and doctoral degree in meteorology from Florida State University. He is married and has three grown children.
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 7,900 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 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 publishes daily newspapers including 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. 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.