September 25, 2006

KENS 5 Nominated for 10 Emmy Awards

San Antonio, TX -- KENS 5 has been nominated for 10 awards for excellence -- including Best Evening Newscast, Best Investigative Reporter and Best Weather Anchor -- in the National Television Academy's 2006 Emmy Awards, Lone Star Chapter.

"We are extremely proud of this station's accomplishments in journalism," said KENS 5 President and General Manager Bob McGann. "We strive to provide our community with the very best, and to be nominated 10 times by our peers for these prestigious awards is really an outstanding achievement."

"The KENS 5 news team has accepted the challenge to serve this community with the very highest standards of news coverage," said KENS 5's Executive News Director Kurt Davis. "As San Antonio's news leader, we take very seriously our responsibility to keep this community informed with the very best live spot news reporting, investigative pieces, and continuing news coverage. We strive for excellence in that mission every day."

KENS 5's 10pm newscast was nominated for Best Evening Newscast, winning the honor for its extensive coverage of severe weather striking San Antonio on May 2, 2006. The broadcast was anchored by Chris Marrou and Sarah Lucero, along with Chief Meteorologist Bill Taylor, and Joe Reinagel on sports.

KENS's 5 anchor/reporter Sarah Lucero was nominated for Best Feature News Report for her series on "Women Behind Bars." Lucero shares the honors with photographer/producer Sue Calberg and editor Larry Burns.

For overall performance in weather presentation, KENS 5 Chief Meteorologist Bill Taylor was nominated as Best Weather Anchor.

And for overall performance in investigative journalism, KENS 5 I-Team reporter Joe Conger was nominated for his second Emmy, this time in the category of Best Investigative Reporter.

In addition, the KENS 5 Creative Services Department picked up a record 6 Emmy nominations for excellence in promotions.

"I've always said this is the best creative team in Texas, but the nominations prove it," said Allen Lansing, KENS 5 Creative Services Director. I'm so proud of our group's hard work, dedication, and especially their creativity. They actually have fun while producing the best spots in the state.

Writer/Producers Maura Doyle, Jeff Anastasio, Matt Cockrell and Alex Krueger, along with Graphics Artists Kyle Contreras and Phil Hallenback, and editors Fred Fechter and Robert Sico, shared the honors for their work on promotional spots for "A Deadly Diet," "Case For a Killer," "Exorcism: Driving Out Demons," "Lady Killer," and "Skin Crawler."

And KENS 5's Morning News Image campaign won a nomination for Creative Services Director Allen Lansing and General Manager Bob McGann in the category of Best Promotion/News Promo Campaign.

KENS 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 approximately 7,700 employees and $1.5 billion in annual revenues, Belo operates news and information franchises in some of America's most dynamic markets and regions, including Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, Rhode Island and the Mid-Atlantic region. Belo owns 19 television stations (six in the top 15 markets) reaching 13.8 percent of U.S. television households; owns or operates 10 cable news channels; and manages one television station through a local marketing agreement. Belo's daily newspapers include The Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) and The Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, TX.) Belo Interactive's new media businesses include more than 30 Web sites, several interactive alliances and a broad range of Internet-based products. Additional information, including earnings releases, is available online at For more information contact Allen Lansing, KENS 5 Director of Creative Services, (210) 377-8734.