Gannett’s KARE Wins Station of the Year from National Press Photographers Association
McLEAN, VA – KARE 11, the Gannett-owned NBC affiliate in Minneapolis, was named the 2006 Large Market Station of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), the company said today. This is the fourth win for the station. Other Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) stations and employees honored were:
* Boyd Huppert of KARE won the NPPA Photojournalism Award for Reporting, a new award launched this year.
* Jonathan Malat of KARE won first place in the General News/Simple Effects (Photographers) category for “The Mail Must Go Through.”
* WFMY, Gannett’s CBS affiliate in Greensboro, N.C., was named runner-up in the medium-market Station of the Year category for 2006.
* Ken Mostek, of KUSA-TV in Denver, is runner-up in this year’s contest for NPPA Photographer of the Year. KUSA is a Gannett-owned NBC affiliate.
* Marine Corps Times, a Gannett newspaper, received an honorable mention for “The Making of a Marine Officer” in the new Web Content category. The project was a collaboration between the Gannett Newspaper and Broadcast divisions.
“Gannett Broadcasting has a long history of producing quality work and serving our communities. It’s wonderful to see the stations and individuals honored again for their hard work and dedication to providing powerful pictures,” said Roger Ogden, CEO/President of Gannett Broadcast.
Gannett television stations have dominated the Station of the Year contest for more than 30 years, with four wins in a row in 1984, 1985, 1986 & 1987. KUSA (then KBTV) first won in 1977 and has a total of 14 Station of the Year wins. Over the last three decades, 10 Gannett Photographers have been named National Photographer of the Year. Nearly 50 photographers from Gannett television stations have been named NPPA Regional Photographer of the Year. The National Press Photographers Association is dedicated to the advancement of photojournalism. It encourages photojournalists to reflect high standards of quality in their professional performance and in their personal code of ethics.
“Today viewers are lucky they don’t need to search for great pictures and stories. They can watch them on the local Gannett television station, log on to our station or newspaper websites and see the best of the best whenever they need news and information,” Ogden said.
Gannett TV stations are: W*USA, Washington, DC; WXIA, Atlanta; KARE, Minneapolis; WTSP, Tampa-St. Petersburg; WKYC, Cleveland; KPNX, Phoenix, KNAZ, Flagstaff; K*USA, Denver; KXTV, Sacramento; KSDK, St. Louis; WZZM, Grand Rapids, MI; WFMY, Greensboro, NC; WGRZ, Buffalo, NY; WTLV and WJXX, Jacksonville, FL; KTHV, Little Rock; WBIR, Knoxville, TN; WCSH, Portland, ME; WLTX, Columbia, SC; WMAZ, Macon, GA; and WLBZ, Bangor, ME.
In addition to its television operations, Gannett Co., Inc. publishes 91 daily newspapers in the USA, including USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-selling daily newspaper. The company also owns nearly 1,000 non-daily publications in the USA and USA WEEKEND, a weekly newspaper magazine. Gannett subsidiary Newsquest is the United Kingdom’s second largest regional newspaper company. Newsquest publishes more than 300 titles, including 17 daily newspapers, and a network of prize-winning Web sites. Gannett is an Internet leader with sites sponsored by its TV stations and newspapers including USATODAY.com, one of the most popular news sites on the web.