July 20, 2005
WFAA-TV names Nicole (Nicki) Harkrider as Local Sales Manager
Dallas, TX - WFAA has announced that Nicki Harkrider has been promoted to Local Sales Manager.
"Nicki is already a highly respected leader within the sales organization of WFAA as an Account Executive. Her eleven years of experience in television sales, including two years representing WFAA-TV, will be an asset" said Biff Niven, WFAA General Sales Manager. "She mentors fellow account executives and brings to our management team a successful track record selling WFAA, developing innovative solutions for our advertisers, and a thorough understanding of our business. The entire sales department shares my enthusiasm in Nicki's promotion to this leadership role. She will definitely make our team stronger."
In her new role with the Dallas-Fort Worth ABC affiliate, Harkrider will directly lead a sales team of 5 account executives. She will be involved in all aspects of the sales department, providing her insight and leadership in convergence sales efforts with The Dallas Morning News, the station's Internet operations and KFWD-TV (Channel 52). Her fluency in the Spanish language will be an added value to the station's development in the Hispanic market. Harkrider will report directly to Niven.
Before joining WFAA, Nicki spent the prior eight years as an account executive in the Dallas market for CBS Spot Television Sales, Millennium National Television Sales, United Television Sales and Katz National Television.
Harkrider graduated with honors from Texas Tech University. She will assume her new duties on August 8.
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 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 or by contacting Carey Hendrickson, vice president/Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, at 214-977-6626.