March 28, 2005
King 5 receives 2005 Cronkite award for political coverage
Seattle, WA -- KING 5 Television has been honored nationally with the prestigious USC Annenberg Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism. KING 5 News reporter Robert Mak and producer Mike Cate won their second Cronkite Award for Individual Achievement for their program UP FRONT with Robert Mak. The 2005 Cronkite Award for Individual Achievement is KING 5's third Cronkite award; the station was previously honored in 2001 and in 2003.
UP FRONT with Robert Mak has been on the air since 2002. KING is the only commercial television station in the Seattle/Tacoma market to broadcast a weekly show dedicated to local political coverage. In addition to their work with UP FRONT, Robert Mak and Mike Cate have also been instrumental in KING's daily coverage of politics. Mak and Cate were cited in this year's awards announcement for their "thorough and balanced coverage, good writing and excellent reporting and producing."
The award is named for legendary newsman Walter Cronkite, the most decorated broadcast journalist of the past thirty years. The University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication, the Norman Lear Center and Reliable Resources for Broadcast Political Coverage honor television networks, individuals and local television stations that inform viewers about their electoral choices. KING 5's sister station WFAA-TV in Dallas/Ft. Worth was also honored with a 2005 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence.
KING 5 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 7,600 employees and $1.5 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 top15 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.