FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 14, 2010
CONTACT: Betsy Robertson, Community Relations Manager
National Award-Winning Reporter Will Host "KING 5 Up Front"
Seattle, WA – Former KING 5 reporter Robert Mak is returning to the newsroom on June 21st and will host KING 5’s award-winning Sunday morning show "Up Front." (NBC’s Wimbledon Tennis coverage preempts the show’s regular time slot until July 11.)
Mak first started at KING 5 in 1992 leaving in 2008 to work in the Seattle City Mayor’s office. His reporting at KING 5 earned twelve regional Emmys and three national Walter Cronkite Awards for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.
"Experience counts in local news and Robert’s 16 years covering our region adds still more bench strength to the newsroom with the most experience in Western Washington,” says Mark Ginther, executive news director KING 5 News.
KING 5’s Up Front airs on KING 5 at 9:30 on Sunday mornings and again on KONG TV at 11:00.
Robert Mak and Up Front producer Mike Cate have won three Walter Cronkite Awards for Excellence in Television Political Journalism from USC Annenberg School of Communication. Judges for the national award praised the team for how they “dug deep into issues, providing viewers with clear explanations that would help them understand their choices at the polls."
Mak’s television career began at the CBS affiliate in Madison, WI in 1987. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York.
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.