March 23, 2005

WCNC-TV news honored with 6 Edward R. Murrow awards

Charlotte, NC -- WCNC-TV/6 News has been honored with 6 regional Edward R. Murrow awards, more than any other television station in the five-state region and the only television station in Charlotte. This year marks the fourth time in five years that 6 News has won the award for Overall Excellence. "This is true testament to the dedication of all the news professionals at WCNC", said President and General Manager Stu Powell. "We are honored by the awards but more importantly are affirmed that day-in, day-out, the viewers in our community are being served by the best news organization in the market."
The winning entries from WCNC are:

Videography: Andy Benton for "Blind Faith"
Series: The Investigators "Below the Code" - Jeff Sonier, reporter. John Gray, photojournalist
Feature: "Iron Will" - Mike Redding, reporter. Andy Benton, photojournalist
Continuing Coverage: The Investigators: Medicaid Dental Centers - Stuart Watson, Investigative reporter. Stephanie Johnson, photojournalist. Rick Yarborough, Investigative producer.
Newscast: "NASCAR Family Tragedy"
The Award for Overall Excellence

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 7,600 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 For more information contact John Rice, Director of Creative Services - WCNC-TV at 704-329-3684 or email