September 19, 2007
Belo Dedicates the Howard H "Tim" Hays Media Center to the Former Owner, Editor and Publisher of The Press-Enterprise
Riverside, CA - The Press-Enterprise declared the completion of its new media center in Riverside on September 19, 2007 with a dedication ceremony to its namesake, Howard H "Tim" Hays, former owner, editor and publisher. Hays is honored with a dedication wall in the media center's lobby commemorating his commitment to the community, the newspaper and journalism.
Representatives of Belo Corp., The Press-Enterprise and the Hays family were present for the dedication ceremony.
"Tim Hays is an important figure in the history of print journalism and we are truly pleased to honor his legacy of journalistic excellence and community service for the Inland Southern California region," said Robert W. Decherd, chairman and chief executive officer of Belo Corp., parent company of The Press-Enterprise. "The Howard H "Tim" Hays Media Center honors Tim's life-long goal of shaping The Press-Enterprise into one of the nation's finest newspapers."
Tim Hays, now 90 years old, became assistant editor of The Press-Enterprise in 1946 and advanced to editor in 1949. He led the newspaper to three landmark accomplishments in journalism: the Pulitzer Prize for meritorious public service, when the paper exposed the corrupt way area courts handled property belonging to Indian Tribes in California and two Supreme Court victories in 1984 and 1986. The 1984 case established the public's right to attend jury selection in criminal trials, and the 1986 case asserted the right of the public to attend criminal pre-trial hearings.
During his journalism career, Hays was a driving force behind the establishment of the University of California, Riverside campus, the California Citrus State Historic Park and the preservation of the Mission Inn, a historic landmark in downtown Riverside. Hays was also responsible for the expansion of The Press-Enterprise throughout Riverside and San Bernardino Counties by creating local zoned editions to provide timely and relevant local news to the diverse communities across Inland Southern California.
"I am greatly honored to follow in the traditions established by Tim Hays," said Ronald Redfern, CEO and publisher of The Press-Enterprise. "Tim was an advocate in the newspaper industry and a leader in delivering meaningful news to the community."
About The Press-Enterprise Company
The Press-Enterprise Company, a Riverside-based subsidiary of Belo Corp., is a multimedia company serving Inland Southern California. The Company publishes news and information in print and online via The Press-Enterprise, the region's largest daily newspaper with 181,171 daily circulation; PE.com, the region's largest local online Web site with 384,200 registered users; and, more than thirty micro-local community-based Web sites. Other multi-media products include: The Business Press, a weekly business journal; La Prensa and El D, weekly Spanish-language newspapers serving the region's diverse Hispanic community; and, the advertising publications PE.cars, PE.homes, PE.WOW, PE.jobs and Savings Express.
Belo Corp. is 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 7,000 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 six cable news stations 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 Paul Fry, vice president/Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, at 214-977-6835.