May 25, 2010

KING 5 Wins Six Society of Professional Journalists Awards

Investigative, General News, Feature News, Sports Reporting, Web Honored

KING 5 & KREM 2 Spokane Combine To Win Nearly Half of Award Winners in Big Market TV Category

Seattle, WA - KING 5's won six awards from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) of the Pacific Northwest this past weekend. The majority of the wins went to the KING 5 Investigators, with the unit capturing first and second place in the investigative reporting category. Of the 17 award winners in the category of large market television stations, KING's five awards and KREM's three awards resulted in Belo stations securing 47% of the winners.

In the first place investigative story, reporter Linda Byron examined the death of a patient at a cosmetic clinic doing business in Western Washington. The Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission is now investigating the issues raised in her first reports. The woman's death was ruled an overdose. And last week, Byron reported that the dosage of pain medication given to the patient could be categorized as stratospherically high by the President of the NorthWest Society of Plastic Surgeons.

The second place winner in the investigative category was for Susannah Frame's report on a foster child's case that exposed how state workers made mistakes, stonewalled the court system, and broke laws.

"It's an honor to receive professional recognition for our coverage, but when a report changes a dangerous practice, stops wasteful spending or provides a voice to the voiceless, the KING 5 Investigators have done their work." said Mark Ginther, executive News Director of KING 5 News.

KING 5 was also recognized for general news, feature and sports reporting as well as for website design for KING5.com.

KING 5 Award Winners from the Society of Professional Journalists

Category: Television 1 - 120

Investigative Reporting - First Place

- Deception for Sale: Sono Bello

- Kellie Cheadle, Steve Douglas, Linda Byron

Investigative Reporting - Second Place

- State of Injustice

- Kellie Cheadle, Steve Douglas, Susannah Frame

General News Reporting - First Place

- Bank Robberies

- Kellie Cheadle, Steve Douglas, Linda Byron

Feature News Reporting - Second Place

- Man In A Ditch

- Ron Sanford, Chris Daniels

Sports Reporting - Second Place

- The World Police and Fire Games

- Gary Burckhardt, Chris Daniels

Category: Online

Best Web Design - Third Place

- KING5.com

KREM 2 Award Winners from the Society of Professional Journalists

Category: Television 1 - 120

Spot News Reporting - First Place

- Mental Patient Escapes

- Abbey Gibb, Devon Haskins

Photojournalism - First Place

- Spokane 48 Hour Film Fest

- Roger Hatcher

Photojournalism - Second Place

- World Record Rubik's Cube

- Brett Allbery, William Pitts

About Belo
KING 5 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.