St. Louis, MO - The Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) has recognized KMOV-TV News 4 with two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in electronic journalism. KMOV's newsroom received the prestigious honors for excellence in the Breaking News and Feature Hard News categories.
"Day in and day out the News 4 team generates award-winning quality journalism for KMOV and KMOV.com," said President and General Manager of KMOV, Allan Cohen. "But the Breaking News award in particular goes to the entire newsroom for its coverage of the biggest story of the year. It is well deserved, and I couldn't be prouder of our staff."
The Breaking News award was for coverage of the Kirkwood Massacre, a story that rocked our entire community. When the news broke just after seven o'clock at night, KMOV went on the air for nearly 3 straight hours updating the information from the newsroom, from the reporters at the scene, and directly from the anchor desk. As a result this tragic story unfolded live on our air.
Investigative reporter Russell Kinsaul was recognized in Feature Hard News for his investigation of medicines coming from outside the United States. Kinsaul discovered 80% of the active ingredients in prescription and over the counter medicines comes from overseas, much of it from China. His report showed that in those foreign countries, there is little to no testing at the facilities to see if the ingredients are made properly. His investigation also showed that the FDA cannot tell which ingredients come from foreign countries and which ones are made domestically.
The Radio-Television News Directors Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Murrow's pursuit of excellence in journalism embodies the spirit of the awards that carry his name. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession.
KMOV is a subsidiary of Belo Corp. (BLC), one of the nation's largest pure-play, publicly-traded television companies, with 2008 annual revenue of $733 million. The Company owns and operates 20 television stations (nine in the top 25 markets) and their associated Web sites. Belo stations, which include affiliations with ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW and MyNetwork TV, reach more than 14 percent of U.S. television households in 15 highly-attractive markets. Nearly all Belo stations rank first or second in their local market. Additional information is available at www.belo.com or by contacting Paul Fry, vice president/Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, at 214-977-6835.