October 22, 2004

WCNC names new assistant news director

Charlotte, N.C. -- Mary Alvarez has been promoted to assistant news director at WCNC. For the past four and a half years Mary has been the special projects manager for 6 News. Special Projects at WCNC produces the "Carolina Traveler", a monthly hour long program that brings the unique people and places of the Carolinas home. Also, Special Projects has 6 News' investigative team "The Investigators. Created just over two years ago it is the region's most honored and most successful television investigative team.

Under Mary's leadership the Special Projects unit has won more awards for journalistic excellence than any other station in the Carolinas including statewide AP awards, regional Edward R. Murrow awards and a national Peabody award. The Special Projects unit, under her direction, has earned a reputation for rock solid storytelling, outstanding enterprise and hard hitting investigative reporting.

Mary is a graduate of Florida State University. Before coming to WCNC she worked as a producer, executive producer and assistant news director at WSVN in Miami and as a special projects producer at WPLG in Miami. Mary will take the reins in her new role beginning Monday October 25.

About WCNC-TV

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 media franchises in some of America's most dynamic markets and regions, including Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, Rhode Island, and the Mid-Atlantic. Belo owns 19 television stations (six in the top 15 markets); owns or operates seven cable news channels; and manages one television station through a local marketing agreement. Belo's daily newspapers are The Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) and the Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, TX). Belo operates more than 30 Web sites, several interactive alliances and a broad range of Internet-based products. Additional information, including earnings releases and corporate communications, is available online at www.belo.com. For more information contact John Rice, Director of Creative Services WCNC-TV at 704-329-3684 or email jrice@WCNC.com .