July 29, 2005
KING 5's Lori Matsukawa named 2005 recipient of Asian American Journalists Association Lifetime Achievement Award
Seattle, WA - KING 5's Lori Matsukawa is the 2005 recipient of AAJA's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, which nationally recognizes an Asian American who has demonstrated courage and commitment to the principles of journalism over the course of a life's work.
Matsukawa is a founding member of AAJA's Seattle Chapter and served as chapter president and co-chaired the 1991 national convention in Seattle.
Matsukawa's professional awards include ARBY Awards in 1987, 1989, 1992, 1996 and 2000, given by the Academy of Religious Broadcasting; a Society of Professional Journalists award for Economic Reporting in 1989; and the "American Scene Award," from the local chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 1986.
Matsukawa currently co-anchors KING 5 News weeknights at 10pm on KONG TV 6/16 and KING 5 News at 11 on KING 5. She first joined the station in 1983 as a reporter and co-anchor for "Top Story," which takes a daily look at a major local story. She anchored KING 5 Morning News from 1988 to 1990, KING 5 Weekend News from 1990-1998 and KING 5 News at 11 from 1998-1999. From 1984 to 1990 she also co-hosted "Celebrate the Differences," a weekly KING 5 minority affairs program.
"Beyond her professional achievements, what really stood out was her continuing support and dedication to the advancement of Asian American journalists," said award judges. "Matsukawa is clearly a leader whose influence and actions inspire change. She has made it her mission to build a culture of diversity in newsrooms by mentoring hundreds of young Asian American journalists."
Founded in 1981, the Asian American Journalists Association is a national, non-profit educational association based in San Francisco that has more than 2,300 members. Today, AAJA encourages young Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to enter the ranks of journalism, to work for fair and accurate coverage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and to increase the number of Asian American and Pacific Islander journalists and news managers in the industry.
Matsukawa will be presented her award at a gala scholarship and awards banquet on August 19 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, as part of the AAJA's annual convention.
KING 5 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.