June 13, 2005
KTVB, Idaho's NewsChannel 7 Awarded National Murrow Award
The Radio-Television News Directors Association Announced the Edward R. Murrow Award Winners of the national 2005 Edward R. Murrow Awards. Fifty-four news organizations won 72 awards out of an initial pool of 3,390 entries from 546 news organizations. And KTVB, Idaho's NewsChannel 7 is one of them!
Idaho's NewsChannel 7 will receive the National award for "Spot News Coverage: Officer Down" It was February 2004 when Officer Derek Whipps was shot in broad daylight. Just moments after Whipps put out a distress call, the NewsChannel 7 crew of Reporter Robbie Johnson and Photographer Troy Colson arrived on the scene of the shooting (even before police and ambulance crews), capturing the dramatic efforts of passers-by to help Whipps. Photographer Bill Krumm and Reporter Andrea Dearden continued this coverage throughout the night as the manhunt and later standoff unfolded. The entire event resolved itself LIVE on our 5pm news Saturday with the surrender of the suspect.
"These individuals are a few of the many talented people who make up Idaho's NewsChannel 7 team," KTVB Media Group Executive News Director Mark Danielson said. The entire News Team, with special recognition to the above news personnel, deserve the credit for this coverage and the award. "KTVB is proud to be honored with this prestigious award, and will work tirelessly to continue the tradition of excellence established by this award."
The awards are given by The Radio-Television News Directors Association each year, and are named for pioneering CBS anchor Edward R. Murrow. Under the Murrow award system, each of the entrants compete against winners from other regions around the country to determine the national winners.
KTVB, Idaho's NewsChannel 7 is a 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.