July 28, 2009

WHAS11 Awarded 7 Emmys Including Special Achievement Awards for Community Service and Overall Station Excellence!

Louisville, KY - The 45th Annual Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Awards were held at a black-tie gala this past Saturday in Lexington, KY and WHAS11 was honored with seven (7) Emmy Awards for broadcast excellence in news, community services, and overall special achievement for both community service and overall station excellence (WAVE-TV was awarded two (2) Emmys and WLKY-TV one (1) Emmy Award.) The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Ohio Valley Chapter received five-hundred and fifty-five (555) entries from seventy (70) different broadcast media organizations. WHAS11 had twenty-one (21) nominations, more than any other Kentuckiana station, and received the Emmy in the following categories:
News Special: "Windstorm 2008" - Executive News Director Genie Garner
Human Interest: "Giavanni's Battle with Ovarian Cancer" - Anchor/Reporter Andy Treinen
Advanced Media Crafts: "A Year in Blogs" - Anchor/Reporter Joe Arnold
Photographer News: "Composite" News Photographer Steven Richard
Public Service Announcement: "Don't Go Ape" - Marketing/Creative Director Kirk Szesny
Special Achievement: "Community Service" WHAS11
Special Achievement: "Station Excellence" WHAS11

WHAS11 President and General Manager Mark Pimentel said, "It's rewarding to see our commitment to broadcast journalism, service to our community, and overall station excellence recognized by our peers." In accepting her award for the WHAS11News special "Windstorm 20008" Executive News Director Genie Garner said, "I am so proud to be part of a team of such dedicated and talented people. It's been a tough, crazy year and we all got through it with a lot of class and hard work. And last night we were honored for our dedication to our community."

The roots of The Ohio Valley Chapter of NATAS can be traced to 1959 when the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences was petitioned to form a regional Chapter in Columbus, Ohio. In the early 1990's, the Emmy® Award boundaries of all regional chapters were expanded to ensure that every television professional in the United States would have access to and eligibility in the renowned Emmy® Awards. Today, the chapter presents the prestigious and coveted Emmy® Award to television professionals in thirteen markets from four states, including Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and West Virginia, and makes scholarships available to students at accredited colleges and universities throughout the region.

WHAS11 is part 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 Kirk Szesny, Director of Marketing and Creative Services at 502-582-7870.