April 4, 2005
Michael Valentine named executive news director at WFAA-TV in Dallas/Fort Worth market
Dallas, TX -- WFAA-TV announced today that Michael A. Valentine has been named executive news director at the station. For the past three years Valentine has served in a similar position at WVEC-TV, the Belo Corp. station in the Norfolk/Hampton Roads, Virginia market.
In his new role Valentine will oversee the daily news operation at Belo's flagship television station in Dallas. He is only the fourth person to hold the title executive news director at WFAA since 1973.
Kathy Clements, WFAA president and general manager, said, "Michael is a long term player for the station who brings a successful track record both inside and outside of Belo to WFAA. We are excited about his leadership skills, commitment to excellence in journalism, as well as his sense of creativity and ability to innovate."
Valentine (36) joined Belo in 2002 as executive news director at WVEC, the ABC network affiliate in Norfolk. His previous responsibilities have included four years as news director at WEHT, the ABC affiliate in Evansville, Indiana, a stint as a news producer with NBC affiliate WCMH in Columbus, Ohio, and as executive producer with KWES, the NBC affiliate in Midland, Texas. In his new role Valentine will report to Mike Devlin, WFAA vice president, station manager.
During his career Valentine has been involved in a variety of significant news events including his oversight of the deployment coverage of military troops to Iraq, and 51 hours of continuous coverage in 2003 when Hurricane Isabel hit the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area. Valentine's family was evacuated and his home destroyed. In 2004 WVEC earned a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting.
Valentine is a native of New York City and a graduate of the University of Vermont. He also attended Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in New York.
WFAA-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 7,600 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 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 David F. Muscari, vice president/Strategic Alliances, at 214.977.6490.