Dan Howell Named Top Religion Reporter

Tuesday, September 24, 2002

WDSI-TV, FOX61 (Pegasus Communications Corporation) announced today that FOX61 News @ Ten anchor, Dan Howell, has been named the Religion Reporter of the Year for Secular Media by the Religion Newswriters Association (RNA).

RNA is a non-profit trade association founded in 1949 to advance the professional standards of religion reporting in the secular press as well as to create a support network for religion reporters.

“We are very proud of Dan and glad that a national organization has recognized his commitment to religious reporting and to the Tennessee Valley,” said Matt Lundy, WDSI FOX61 News Director.

“We were the first station in Chattanooga to implement a weekly religious news report. Dan has been a crucial part of our news success in the Tennessee Valley,” added Mike Costa, General Manager at WDSI FOX61.

Dan Howell is WDSI's senior anchor and a 30-year resident of the Chattanooga Area. He began his broadcast career in Kansas City. After graduation from Broadcast Engineering School, Dan accepted a position with a Kansas City radio station. In the late 1980's Dan joined the news staff at WDEF-TV where he served as weekend anchor and bureau chief over eight counties in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. He joined WDSI in August 1994 and now sits alongside Melissa Riopka as co-anchor of FOX61 News @ Ten.

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