October 25, 2010
KGW NewsChannel 8 named Station Of The Year by OAB
Belo station also honored with nine "Awards for Excellence" and the
Broadcast Heritage Award
PORTLAND, OR - KGW NewsChannel 8 was named Television Station of the Year by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters at its annual conference held Saturday, October 23. The station has held the title for seven of the last eight years. The award recognizes outstanding journalism and public service throughout the entire year.
KGW NewsChannel 8 also garnered nine "Awards of Excellence," more than all other Portland television stations combined. Every area of the station's work was recognized, including outstanding reporting in several areas, weathercast, photography, public affairs, promotion, local programming, and overall service to Oregon Broadcasting.
The complete list of awards is as follows:
Television Station of the Year Overall news and public service
Best Newscast: May 18, 2010
Best Investigative Reporting: "Synthetic Pot"
Best Coverage of Breaking News: "School Fire"
Best Weathercast: Chief Meteorologist Matt Zaffino
Best Photography: "Slice of Oregon"
Best Public Affairs Program: "Straight Talk"
Best Uniquely "Oregon" Program: "Grant's Getaways"
Best Station Image Promotional announcement: "Investigations"
Best Public Service Campaign: "Komen Race for the Cure"
In addition to the Awards for Excellence, KGW NewsChannel 8's Director of Programming and Creative Services, Brenda Buratti, was recognized with the 2010 Broadcast Heritage Award. The award recognizes a minimum of 15 years of outstanding service to Oregon broadcasting.
Ms. Buratti was honored for her more than 25 years in Portland television. She has developed, produced, and brought to air more local programming than any other individual in Portland. Her work and leadership with creative teams has captured the most prestigious awards in broadcasting including Emmys, Iris awards, and the Peabody award. From the move to HD news programming to the launch of the KGW Studio on the Square, Brenda Buratti has been a key part of every important development in Portland television.
"We strive every day to deliver news and information to our community that meets high standards of excellence," said DJ Wilson, president and general manager of the KGW Media Group. "We take our responsibility to serve in the public interest very seriously, and it's a great honor to have our efforts so fully recognized."
About Belo Corp.
KGW 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 Brenda Buratti, Director of Programming and Creative Services, KGW, at 503-226-5130
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1501 S.W. Jefferson Street,
Portland, Oregon 97201
And the KGW Studio on the Square