FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 13, 2012
Community Relations Manager
Seattle, WA – KING 5 is the 2011 Station of the Year in the West as announced by the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). Last year the NPPA awarded KING 5 with the prestigious honor of large market Station of the Year, beating every big market station in the United States.
Competition included KING’s sister station in Portland (KGW), two Denver stations (KUSA, KDVR), and KLAS in Las Vegas. KING 5 took first place with 43% of the overall votes among top pool stations in the west.
Individual honors for west regional photographer of the year go to KING 5’s Jeffrey Christian. This achievement stays in the KING 5 family for the second consecutive year. Christian’s KING 5 co-worker, Douglas Burgess won the same distinction last year. In fact, five of the top ten photographers in NPPA’s 2011 west region are KING 5 photographers.
“We have a very talented staff of photographers and video storytelling is at the heart of what we do,” said Mark Ginther, Executive News Director of KING 5. “Recognition by our peers at NPPA is gratifying and affirms our commitment to great storytelling.”
The NPPA’s western region includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Alaska and Hawaii.
The mission of the NPPA is dedicated to the advancement of visual journalism and works in all news media to promote its role as a vital public service. More information is available at www.nppa.org.
About Belo Corp.
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.