September 24, 2009

KHOU-TV Honored at 30th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards

Station also receives 35 Lone Star Emmy Award Nominations

Houston - On Monday, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) presented KHOU-TV with an award for Outstanding Regional News Story Investigative Reporting at the 30th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards in New York City. Channel 11 was one of only two local stations in the nation to receive an award at the event and the only local station to be awarded in the investigative category.

"It is an honor to be recognized on such an esteemed stage for our team's outstanding investigative journalism," said Susan McEldoon, KHOU President and General Manager. "This award exemplifies the diligence of our reporting that is at the heart of Channel 11's commitment to the community."

The story, Hiding Homicide, centered on a more than seven-month investigation by the 11 News Defenders Reporter Mark Greenblatt, Executive Producer David Raziq and Photojournalist Keith Tomshe that exposed the Houston Police Department undercounting homicides that occurred in the city of Houston. Their reports found obvious homicides labeled as "suicide" or simply "dead" as a way of excluding them from being counted. Although the tactic made the city look less dangerous to possible investors, it also misinformed local citizens. Worse, the Defenders found that once each crime had been mislabeled, it stopped any sort of ongoing police investigation, often leaving the crimes unsolved and any surviving relatives without closure.

"This is a perfect example of the kind of in-depth investigative reporting that is the hallmark of the 11 News Defenders," said Keith Connors, KHOU Executive News Director. "They hold the powerful accountable and uncover stories others don't want the public to know. We're humbled to have their hard work acknowledged by the Television Academy with this prestigious award."

KHOU is in the running for more journalistic honors at the upcoming Lone Star Emmy Awards with 35 nominations more than twice the number of any other Houston Television Station. Award winners will be announced on October 17, 2009 at Gilley's Palladium Ballroom in Dallas.

KHOU 2009 Lone Star Emmy Nominations:
STATION EXCELLENCE
Channel 11...Standing by You! 2008-2009
KHOU
Susan McEldoon, President/General Manager

NEWS EXCELLENCE
KHOU-TV News Excellence
KHOU
Keith Connors, Executive News Director

NEWSCAST - EVENING - LARGER MARKETS (1-25)
11 News at 10
KHOU
Keith Connors, Executive News Director

NEWSCAST - MORNING/DAYTIME - LARGER MARKETS (1-25)
11 News this Morning
KHOU
Keith Connors, Executive News Director

NEWS SPECIAL
Overcoming Ike, 6-Month Anniversary, Standing By You
KHOU
Keith Connors, Executive News Director

GENERAL ASSIGNMENT REPORT - WITHIN 24 HOURS
FEMA Foul Up
KHOU
Brad Woodard, Reporter

BREAKING NEWS
Ike Overnight
KHOU
Jeremy Rogalski, Investigative Reporter
Ike: Before, During and After -- Brad Woodard Reports
KHOU
Brad Woodard, Reporter

TEAM COVERAGE
15 Minutes of Ike
KHOU
Keith Connors, Executive News Director

CONTINUING COVERAGE
Go Army Or Go To Jail
KHOU
Mark Greenblatt, Investigative Reporter
Hurricane Ike
KHOU
Keith Connors, Executive News Director

INVESTIGATIVE REPORT - SINGLE STORY
Iraq Water Investigation
KHOU
Jeremy Rogalski, Investigative Reporter

INVESTIGATIVE REPORT - SERIES
A Dangerous Lesson
KHOU
Jeremy Rogalski, Investigative Reporter
Discrimination And Corruption In The Texas National Guard
KHOU
Mark Greenblatt, Investigative Reporter

ENVIRONMENT - NEWS SINGLE STORY/SERIES/FEATURE
Dangerous Dust?
KHOU
Leigh Frillici, Reporter

HISTORIC/CULTURAL - NEWS SINGLE STORY/SERIES/FEATURE
Old Wounds Rediscovered
KHOU
Brad Woodard, Reporter

HUMAN INTEREST - NEWS SINGLE STORY/SERIES/FEATURE
Hearts for Hunter
KHOU
Kevin Reece, Reporter
Todd Rogenthien, Photographer/Editor

RELIGION - NEWS SINGLE STORY/SERIES/FEATURE
Praying for Ike
KHOU
Kevin Reece, Reporter

SPECIALTY ASSIGNMENT REPORT - NEWS SINGLE STORY/SERIES/FEATURE
Slaughtergate
KHOU
Frank McBride, Photographer
Brad Woodard, Reporter

TEXAS HERITAGE - NEWS SINGLE STORY/SERIES/FEATURE
No Home on the Range
KHOU
Brad Woodard, Reporter/Producer/Writer

WEATHER - NEWS SINGLE STORY/SERIES/FEATURE
Return to Bolivar
KHOU
Brad Woodard, Reporter

WEATHER - NEWS WEATHERCAST
Storms Moving In
KHOU
Gene Norman, Chief Meteorologist

WEATHER - PROGRAM/ SPECIAL / FEATURE/SEGMENT
Storm Warnings: Lessons Learned
KHOU
Chris Nocera, Producer
Gene Norman, Host

MAGAZINE PROGRAM - PROGRAM / SPECIAL
HOUSTONISIMO " What's Hip, Hot & Latin in Houston"
KHOU
Nellie Gonzalez, Host/Producer
Amaris Salinas, Producer

EDITOR - SHORT FORM (PROMOS, PSAS, COMMERCIALS, OPENS, ETC.)
Chasing the Dream
KHOU
Chris Nocera, Editor

EDITOR - NEWS
Overcoming Ike
KHOU
Chris Nocera, Editor

ON-CAMERA TALENT - ANCHOR - WEATHER
In The Studio and In the Field
KHOU
Gene Norman, Chief Meteorologist

ON-CAMERA TALENT - PROGRAM HOST / MODERATOR / REPORTER PROGRAMMING
Jake Hamilton
KHOU
Jake Hamilton, Host

ON-CAMERA TALENT - REPORTER - FEATURES / HUMAN INTEREST
Kevin Reece
KHOU
Kevin Reece, Reporter

ON-CAMERA TALENT - REPORTER - INVESTIGATIVE
Greenblatt's Stories Clean House
KHOU
Mark Greenblatt, Investigative Reporter
Jeremy Rogalski/11 News Defenders
KHOU
Jeremy Rogalski, Investigative Reporter

ON-CAMERA TALENT - REPORTER - LIVE
Ike This!
KHOU
Jeremy Desel, Reporter

ON-CAMERA TALENT - REPORTER - SPECIALTY ASSIGNMENT / CONSUMER / MEDICAL
A Voice for the Voiceless: Brad Woodard Reports
KHOU
Brad Woodard, Reporter

WRITER - NEWS
In Woodard's Words (Brad Woodard Writing Composite)
KHOU
Brad Woodard, Reporter/Writer
Kevin Reece: Three Stories
KHOU
Kevin Reece, Writer

About Belo Corp.
KHOU-TV 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. Belo stations rank first or second in nearly all of their local markets. Additional information is available at www.belo.com, www.khou.com or by contacting Lisa Shumate, Director of Programming and Marketing, KHOU-TV at 713-521-4335.