January 14, 2010

WWL-TV New Orleans Honored with Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award

New Orleans, Louisiana - WWL-TV's series of investigative reports on a New Orleans housing agency scandal has been honored with a 2010 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University award, considered the Pulitzer Prize of broadcast journalism.

Other recipients announced Thursday include CBS News, NPR and HBO. Winners will be recognized at a ceremony next week at Columbia University in New York, where the program is based. WWL was one of six local stations honored this year.

The station received the prize for its investigative reports on the practices of the city-run agency, New Orleans Affordable Homeownership (NOAH). The series of more than 50 stories uncovered alleged corruption in the agency, which was responsible for administering repairs of homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

WWL-TV Executive New Director Chris Slaughter said, "We are deeply honored to be chosen for this prestigious award. The duPont award is very much about public service, and we feel our series of reports on NOAH was public service at its finest. It was a truly a group effort by many WWL staffers and a very clear example of our commitment to investigative journalism."

This is the second duPont-Columbia award for WWL-TV. In 2007, the station was honored for its continuous coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

KHOU-TV, Channel 4's sister station in Houston, owned by WWL's parent company Belo, was also awarded a duPont this year. Since 2000, Belo stations have been honored with 11 duPont awards.

The NOAH series has previously been recognized with a George Foster Peabody award and the IRE Medal, a national award given by Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc.

The duPont awards, created by Jessie Ball duPont in 1942 as a tribute to the journalistic integrity and public-mindedness of her husband, Alfred I. duPont, are regarded today as the most prestigious prizes in broadcast news. They are the equivalent of the Pulitzer Prizes, which are also administered at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

About Belo Corp.
WWL-TV is part of Belo Corp. (BLC) is 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 or by contacting Chris Slaughter, WWL-TV Executive New Director at 504-529-6309.