March 24, 2011

WFAA-TV's News 8 Investigates Team Honored with Prestigous 2010 Scripps Howard Award for Journalism

Dallas, Texas - WFAA's News 8 Investigatives' unit was announced as one of the honorees in the 2010 Scripps Howard annual awards, which recognizes the best work in the communications industry and journalism education.

In the category of Television/Cable In-Depth Reporting, WFAA has been honored with the Jack R. Howard Award for "Grounds for Removal," a series of news stories by reporter Brett Shipp, producer Mark Smith and photojournalist Billy Bryant that revealed lax governmental oversight of the nation's largest statewide natural gas pipeline system.

The station's investigative team is one of the most honored in the history of local news. They have been recognized with multiple George Foster Peabody Awards and duPont-Columbia University Silver Batons, which is considered the broadcast equivalent of print journalism's famed Pulitzer Prize. In 2009 WFAA became the first local station to be awarded a duPont-Columbia University Gold Baton for investigative journalism. The Gold Baton is the most prestigious of the duPont-Columbia Awards.

Established in 1953, the Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Awards competition is open to US news organizations and recognizes outstanding print, broadcast and online journalism in 16 categories. Winners will be honored May 3, at a dinner hosted by the Scripps Howard Foundation and its corporate founder, E.W. Scripps Company, at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati.

WFAA 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 and the CW, 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 Dave Muscari, WFAA vice president/product development at 214-977-6490.