March 18, 2011

WWL-TV Wins Crimestoppers Award

New Orleans - WWL-TV Channel 4 was awarded the James J. Coleman Corporate Partner Award from Crimestoppers. The award honors businesses that have helped both Crimestoppers and the community in the mission of taking criminals off Louisiana's streets. The award was given for Channel 4's efforts throughout the year, including a special "Eye on Crime Teen Forum" which aired in December of 2010.

At the annual luncheon ceremony, Crimestoppers President and CEO Darlene Cusanza said, "This year I had the great opportunity to work with a local news station, WWL-TV. They believed in the cause, the importance of educating teens and giving them a voice. We sat down approximately a year ago to begin the process of putting together the 'Eye on Crime Teen Forum'. Without WWL's partnership with Crimestoppers this would have never happened."

The hour-long forum focused on the issues teens face each day - including bullying, theft, guns, violence and drugs. The in-studio production was hosted by WWL-TV anchors Eric Paulsen and Sally Ann Roberts and was a frank discussion with 32 teens and local leaders. Bolstered in part by an upswing in school violence, the program won its time slot and hopefully helped bring about positive change.

Accepting the award for WWL-TV was anchor Eric Paulsen who said, "Channel 4 is proud of its service to the community over the years, and we're proud to be associated with Crimestoppers on such important work like the teen forum. At a time when we're seeing so much crime being committed by young people, it was important for us to have this forum, to help keep young people off the path of crime. It takes the effort of all the people at Channel 4 to make our relationship with Crimestoppers so successful. It's an honor to be here to accept this award."

WWL-TV is currently working again with Crimestoppers on a "Teen Peace Summit" that will once again reinforce the importance of ending violence in our schools.

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 Creative Services Director at 504-529-6273.