FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Betsy Robertson, Community Relations Manager
December 1, 2011
Seattle, WA – KING 5 is proud to announce that Meeghan Black, host of Evening Magazine, will be honored by the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington with the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2012.
The award recognizes a distinguished alumnus or alumna each year who’s made remarkable career accomplishments and who serves as a role model for UW students.
“We’re very proud Meeghan’s been chosen to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from the UW,” said Pat Costello, Vice President and Station Manager for KING, KONG, and NWCN. “From her work on Evening Magazine to her award winning career as a news reporter, Meeghan has been a great ambassador for KING TV and the UW.”
The award acknowledges Black’s accomplishments in the broadcast profession and in community service. She will receive the award on Friday, June 8th, 2012 at the UW’s spring convocation - an event during commencement weekend celebrating the department’s graduating students.
Black joined KING 5 in 2000 as a weekend weather anchor, moving to weekday mornings as the traffic anchor in 2006. A frequent Evening Magazine guest host, she became the full-time host in December 2009 after an extensive national search. Prior broadcast jobs include reporting, anchoring and weather forecasting at stations in Spokane, WA and Wichita, KS.
In addition to Evening Magazine, Black teams up with gardening expert Ciscoe Morris on KING 5 News gardening segments and on the weekly “Gardening with Ciscoe” show. She is the recipient of two Emmys from the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences - first, for the KING 5 special “Echoes of the Eruption” and most recently in the program host category for her work on Evening Magazine.
A Seattle native, Black graduated from Mercer Island High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Washington. She lives in the Seattle area with her husband and seven-year-old daughter.
Previous Distinguished Alumni Award winners include King County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle City Council member Bruce Harrell, Chief Justice Barbara A. Madsen, and radio commentator John Carlson.
Evening Magazine airs Monday through Friday at 7:00 PM on KING 5, NWCN at 10:00 PM (cable channel 2) and on a one-day-delay on KONG 6/16 at 4:30 AM. “Gardening with Ciscoe” airs Saturday’s at 10:00 AM on KING 5 and 1:30 PM on KONG 6/16.
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.
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