April 7, 2010

WWL-TV's Angela Hill Honored with Regional Murrow Award

The Radio-Television Digital News Association announced today that WWL-TV, Channel 4 anchor/reporter Angela Hill has been honored with a regional Edward R. Murrow award for best writing. The award was one of only two Murrow awards given to television stations in Louisiana this year.

Hill's entry was judged as best in the region composed of TV, radio stations and web sites in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Channel 4's legendary journalist, who on Tuesday celebrated her 35th anniversary at WWL-TV, earned the award for an entry encompassing three of her recent stories.

The first story, photographed and edited by former WWL-TV photographer Leonel Mendez, profiled champion dog trainer Donna Rock, who was born without arms. The second report, done with photographer/editor T.J. Pipitone, highlighted a group that uses miniature horses for therapy in nursing homes and hospitals. The third story in the composite entry was a profile of Mary Ellen Heibel, the Baltimore woman whose cancer cure is now being considered in the effort to have the Vatican declare Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos a saint. Hill traveled to the Baltimore area with Channel 4 photographer Bob Weaver to prepare that report.
WWL-TV was the only New Orleans television station honored in the regional Murrow award competition this year. Channel 4's sister stations within Belo Corp. earned nearly two dozen regional Murrow awards this year. The regional Murrow award winners now compete in the national competition, with winners to be announced in June.

In just the past five years, WWL-TV has been honored with 16 regional Murrows, more than any other New Orleans television station, and one national Murrow award for coverage of Hurricane Katrina.
The Radio Television Digital News Association has acknowledged outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971.

About Belo Corp.
WWL-TV is part of Belo Corp. (BLC), one of the nation's largest pure-play, publicly-traded television companies, that 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 Merrifield, WWL-TV Community Affairs Director at 504-529-6273.