April 22, 2011

KGW NewsChannel 8 Honored with 5 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

Belo station is the only Oregon television station recognized

PORTLAND, OR KGW NewsChannel 8 earned five awards in the prestigious regional Edward R. Murrow awards competition which are awarded by the Radio and Television Digital News Association. The awards honor outstanding achievements in electronic journalism. KGW NewsChannel 8 was the only Oregon television station recognized in the competition.

The station was honored for best video breaking news coverage for its reporting of the devastating Aumsville tornado. Ongoing coverage of the missing child, Kyron Horman, was recognized in the two award categories of best video continuing coverage and best video news documentary. Video feature reporting also earned first place. KGW NewsChannel 8's multi-part investigation of homeowners forced to purchase flood insurance earned first place for best video news series.

KGW NewsChannel 8 competed in the region 1 large market television division. The four-state region includes Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Alaska. The large television market contest includes the much larger market of Seattle.

"It is truly an honor to be recognized as the only Oregon station to win a regional Edward R. Murrow award, and for KGW to have won multiple regional Murrow awards and join our sister Belo stations in the Northwest of KING in Seattle, KREM in Spokane, and KTVB, for a combined 19 out of 25 regional Murrow television awards, is a testament to Belo and their unwavering commitment to outstanding journalism," said DJ Wilson, president and general manager of the KGW Media Group.

Here are the winning entries with links to view the work.

Video Breaking News Coverage
KGW TV - Portland, OR
A Tornado Touches Down
http://contests.rtdna.org/entries/public_view/4479

Video Continuing Coverage
KGW TV - Portland, OR
The Search For Kyron
http://contests.rtdna.org/entries/public_view/4517

Video News Documentary
KGW TV - Portland, OR
Missing But Not Forgotten: The Kyron Horman Story
http://contests.rtdna.org/entries/public_view/4394

Video Feature Reporting
KGW TV - Portland, OR
A Long Journey
http://contests.rtdna.org/entries/public_view/4530

Video News Series
KGW-TV - Portland, OR
Forced Flood Insurance
http://contests.rtdna.org/entries/public_view/4472

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 bburatti@kgw.com