June 15, 2007


Dallas, Texas - For generations Texas has been deeply connected to a variety of war-related efforts, and never so much as with the current situation in Iraq. From soldiers on the battlefield, to social service agencies and military support personnel, as well as those on the home front, Texans understand the effects of war and are dealing with it a variety of ways.

On Monday night, June 18 at 7 p.m., WFAA-TV/DT presents a locally-produced, 1-hour special, "Cost of War: The Texas Toll." Hosted by News 8 Anchor John McCaa, News 8 looks at the service, sacrifice, and survival of the men and women fighting in Iraq and their families at home.

From a 21-year-old widow raising two children to a soldier learning to live with both legs amputated, the sacrifices of the Iraq war are both physical and emotional. The WFAA prime-time special takes a close-up look into the lives of Texas Marines and other soldiers learning to live all over again. News 8 will recap those Texans that lost their lives in battle, and remember each one.

"Cost of War: The Texas Toll" also presents an opportunity to hear from ABC News Anchor Bob Woodruff and wife Lee, authors of In an Instant: A Families Journey of Love and Healing, about the journalists' arduous journey from the battlefield to the recovery room and how you can help support our troops. Woodruff was recently in D-FW and met with representatives from area veterans groups and others connected to military service and war-related efforts in a roundtable discussion, some of which is included in the special program.

"Cost of War: The Texas Toll" is produced by Meagan Harris and will air in High Definition (HDTV) on WFAA-DT (8.1) and in analog on WFAA-TV (Channel 8).

WFAA-TV/DT 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 Dave Muscari, vice president/product development, at 214-977-6490.