April 6, 2007
KTVK Wins Regional Edward R. Murrow Award
Senior Reporter Mike Watkiss Recognized for Continuing Coverage
PHOENIX - KTVK the strong independent television station with the #1 local news in Arizona, has been awarded the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for continuing coverage in a large market. Senior Reporter Mike Watkiss was singled out for his journalism excellence in reporting on The Search for Warren Jeffs. Watkiss has dogged Jeffs for twenty years and is regarded by national media as an expert for his in-depth investigations of the polygamist leader and his followers. This is the second year in a row that Watkiss has been honored with a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for his polygamy coverage.
KTVK Executive News Director Sandy Breland said, "Mike Watkiss is the rarest of reporters who combines exceptional journalistic credentials, a unique and compelling reporting style and a relentless pursuit of truth that makes him standout in the industry. He embodies Murrow's passion for excellence. I am proud to have someone of Mike's caliber in our newsroom a newsroom known for breaking news and big story continuing coverage."
Watkiss is a 10-year veteran of KTVK and has covered many major stories throughout his distinguished career.
KTVK is a subsidiary 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 7,100 employees and $1.6 billion in annual revenues, Belo operates in some of America's most dynamic markets in Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, the Mid-Atlantic and Rhode Island. Belo owns 20 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, and the fast-growing Hispanic market, including Quick and Al Dia in Dallas/Fort Worth, and 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. For more information about KTVK, contact:
Teri Lane, Director of Marketing and Interactive Services, 602-207-3423