July 30, 2007
Former "60 Minutes" Producer Janice Tomlin to Join WFAA-TV/DT News Staff in Dallas-Fort Worth
Dallas, Texas - Janice Tomlin has joined the WFAA news staff as special projects reporter/executive producer.
In making the announcement of Tomlin's hiring WFAA executive news director Michael Valentine said, "Janice is well known and respected in our industry. She has a deep history in journalism, and strong roots here in Texas. Her expertise in telling stories that impact communities drew us to her. Janice's strength ties into what we work to accomplish every day at News 8, and her abilities will help us continue our success."
Tomlin is a decorated journalist honored with 17 national Emmy Awards as well as a pair of prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, broadcast journalism's equivalent of print's esteemed Pulitzer Prize.
Over the past year she helped create and launch HDNet's Dan Rather Reports, and served as supervising producer. Tomlin worked as a producer for The Oprah Winfrey Show and served as producer of investigative reports for veteran CBS News journalists Mike Wallace, Steve Kroft and Bob Simon on 60 Minutes. In 2003 she received a National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) award for lifetime achievement along with 60 Minutes correspondents, producers and executive producer Don Hewitt. From 1980-2001 she served in a number of roles with ABC News including producer and executive producer on programs including 20/20 and Turning Point.
In her new role with the D-FW ABC affiliate, Valentine said that Tomlin would be responsible for working with anchors Gloria Campos and John McCaa on longer form stories created for the News 8 Update at 10 p.m., the station's market leading late local newscast. She will also work on WFAA half-hour news specials, as well as quality control issues.
Tomlin, a University of Texas at Austin graduate, begins her new job at WFAA on August 1.
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.