December 19, 2007
KMOV Channel 4 named Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University 2008 News Award Winner
ST. LOUIS -- KMOV-TV has been honored this year with the Alfred I. duPont Silver Baton awarded by Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism for "Left Behind: The Failure of East St. Louis Schools," a series of reports that examined the chronic failure of schools in East St. Louis, Ill., to educate children with special needs.
News 4 Investigates reporter Craig Cheatham and photographer and editor Gary Womack covered many aspects of the chronic problems in East St. Louis schools, especially the system's failure to provide special education services. Through more than two dozen stories and one special program, the series demonstrated how a local station can thoroughly and persistently cover the most downtrodden parts of its community, giving voice to the voiceless. Also honored was acting news director Genie Garner. The stories aired between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2007.
"We are delighted that the quality of journalism that we produce on a daily basis continues to be recognized," said President and General Manager of KMOV Allan Cohen. "To receive both the Peabody and duPont-Columbia awards in the same year reinforces our commitment to provide St. Louisans with an outstanding news product everyday."
KMOV is one of only five U.S. local television stations and one of three Belo stations to receive the 2008 Silver Baton. Joining KMOV-TV was WFAA-TV, Dallas for "Television Justice," and KHOU-TV, Houston for "Rules of the Game."
KMOV is a 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 7,000 employees and approximately $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.