Longtime Belo chief executive receives First Amendment Award

Longtime Belo chief executive receives First Amendment Award

Longtime Belo chief executive receives First Amendment Award

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by KTVB and KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 8 at 1:46 PM

WASHINGTON D.C. -- The longtime chief executive of KING 5's parent company was honored for his contributions to a free press on Thursday night.

The honor came from the Radio-Television Digital News Foundation's 23rd Annual First Amendment Awards event.

Among those receiving the award, Robert Decherd, chairman, president and CEO of the A.H. Belo Corporation, which owns several newspapers, and also owned KING 5 before the company's broadcast and newspaper holdings were spun off into separate businesses five years ago.

He also has played a significant role in organizations representing newspaper and television journalism.

"The First Amendment, which we celebrate tonight, and freedom of information statutes at the federal and state level are the foundation and means of superior journalism. It's up to us and so many others who have sustained the fourth estate to ensure that journalism holds its place in our great democracy," said Decherd.

Others honored at Thursday night's First Amendment Awards are CNN's Candy Crowley, NBC News Partnerships Vice President Lloyd Siegel and Twitter.

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