July 12, 2005

WCNC-TV news honored with national Emmy nomination

Charlotte, NC - WCNC-TV 6 News continues to be recognized as a leader in broadcast journalism. The 26th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Award nominees were announced on Thursday by the National Television Academy. The awards recognize outstanding achievement by individuals and programs broadcast during the 2004 calendar year.

The Investigators are nominated for a national Emmy in the category for Outstanding Regional News Story: Investigative Reporting. Previously, The Investigators have been honored with the George Foster Peabody Award for Excellence, the Scripps-Howard Foundation National Journalism Award, the North Carolina Associated Press Award for Excellence, the Electronic News Association of the Carolinas Award for Excellence and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Mid-South Region EMMY. This team is the only one of its kind in Charlotte.

The series on the Medicaid Dental Centers began as a cry for help from a single mom on Medicaid. At her son's first dental visit, dentists restrained him and drilled sixteen of his baby teeth at once while the mother paced the waiting room, demanding to see her child.

From that first report, WCNC-TV spent six months talking to dozens of parents, poring over dental records, consulting experts and tracking tens of millions of dollars in Medicaid payments. In the series of reports, WCNC-TV showed how one group of dentists cashed in on kids few other dentists would treat and billed taxpayers for tens of millions of dollars. The reports tracked money from coast to coast and exposed how children could be subjected to unnecessary pain with too little anesthetic.

The team members who worked on the report are: Stuart Watson, Investigative Reporter, Rick Yarborough, Investigative Producer, Stephanie Johnson, Photojournalist, and Mary Alvarez, formerly Special Projects Manager, now News Director.

Stuart Powell, WCNC Vice President and General Manager is proud of the Investigative team and their recent awards. "Every day the entire news team at WCNC/6 News works to serve the viewers in Charlotte and the surrounding counties. When a report engages the community and brings about positive change and perhaps rights serious wrong, local television news is working at its best. Striving for journalistic excellence is the foundation for all the news we report, every day at 6 News."

WCNC's competition for the national Emmy in the Outstanding Regional News Story: Investigative Reporting category are WCAU-TV in Philadelphia, WBZ-TV in Baltimore, KNXV-TV in Phoenix, KRIV-TV in Houston and KUSA-TV IN Denver. This year's awards ceremony will take place on September 19th at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.

About WCNC
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 in some of America's most dynamic markets in Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, Rhode Island, and the Mid-Atlantic. Belo owns 19 television stations, six of which are in the 15 largest U. S. broadcast markets. The Company also 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). The Company also publishes specialty publications targeting young adults, affluent populations and the fast-growing Hispanic market, including Quick and al dia in Dallas/Fort Worth, and the d, El D and La Prensa in Riverside. Belo operates more than 30 Web sites associated with its operating companies. Additional information is available 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.