Seattle, WA -- And that's the way it is. KING 5 will receive its third consecutive USC Annenberg Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism. The station captured the category of Television Political Journalism Local Commercial Broadcast (large market).
The judges praised KING 5's full-time political unit and more than 100 minutes of local political coverage each week. Judges credited the political reporting with clearly presenting tough issues in a way that is interesting to watch. They gave particular praise to a report on an initiative legalizing physician-assisted suicide.
"To receive three consecutive Cronkite awards is a testament to our commitment as a local news provider to the issues that matter," said Ray Heacox, president and general manager of KING 5, KING5.com, KONG 6/16, NorthWest Cable News and NWCN.com. "In a political year that set new records in citizen participation, we recognize the value of helping voters make informed choices."
In addition to political coverage in daily KING 5 newscasts, the newsroom produces "Upfront," a weekly public service program. The program includes candidate debates and newsmaker interviews on the issues, with commentary by KING 5 anchor Allen Schauffler and other news reporters.
"'Upfront' expands our ability to provide in-depth political coverage", says Pat Costello, station manager of KING 5, KING5.com, KONG 6/16, NorthWest Cable News and NWCN.com. "We see it as a community resource that puts candidates and policy makers in front of Western Washington every week."
Recently "Upfront" has covered such substantive issues as plans for the new Husky stadium and Alaskan Way viaduct; Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn's decision to cancel the WASL tests; and the appointment of King County Executive Ron Sims to President Obama's department of Housing and Urban Development. The program airs Sundays at 9:30 a.m. on KING 5 and at 8 p.m. on KONG 6/16. The "Upfront" blog on KING5.com is a forum for discussion of the important local issues.
The 2009 USC Annenberg Walter Cronkite Awards will be presented April 15 on the University of Southern California campus in Los Angeles. Former individual recipients of Walter Cronkite awards include Jim Lehrer and Robert MacNeil, Tom Brokaw, Dave Barry, Charles Osgood, Bob Woodward, Bill Moyers, Helen Thomas, Don Hewitt, George Will, Ted Turner and other legends of journalism.
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