August 9, 2004
NewsChannel 8 at the Olympics
Portland, OR -- Continuing Northwest NewsChannel 8's tradition of covering great Northwest stories during the Games, NewsChannel 8 will have a major presence at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. The long-awaited seventeen-day athletic event of the year begins with the Opening Ceremony on Friday, August 13 and continues through the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, August 29.
Reporter Stephanie Stricklen, photojournalist Rod Stevens and producer Ray Fanning will be in Athens beginning Saturday, August 7. Stephanie will be filing daily live reports during NewsChannel 8 @ Sunrise as well as stories airing in other NewsChannel 8 newscasts throughout the Games.
On Friday, August 13, Stephanie will report from Athens when Tracy Barry anchors the live special, "Athens 2004: The Games Begin" on NewsChannel 8 from 7:30-8 pm, prior to the Opening Ceremony.
It is anticipated that America will field one of the most powerful Olympic teams ever assembled, and NBC will air the most amount of television coverage ever. With 199 nations competing in twenty-eight sports, NewsChannel 8 and NBC will broadcast 225 hours of coverage to Northwest viewers. This is in addition to coverage aired on NBC's cable networks.
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