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.

About Pegasus

Pegasus provides digital satellite television to rural households throughout the United States. Pegasus owns and/or operates television stations affiliated with CBS, FOX, UPN and The WB networks.


Electric Car-Sharing Station Launches At Southern Adventist University

The latest electric car-sharing site in the greater Chattanooga area opens Thursday at 3 p.m. on the campus of Southern Adventist University. Two Nissan Leafs will be available on campus for the community to rent, and the charging station is also open to the public. Solar panels on the structure’s roof offset the electricity used to power the cars, which supports ... (click for more)

The Art Of Breathing Is Saturday At The Hunter Museum

The Art of Breathing will be held Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the Hunter Museum. Participants will explore a work of art as a way to meditate and experience the art of breathing.   This 45-minute program will be held in the Hunter galleries and led by Hunter staff and yoga instructor Jonathan Ellis .  "The fact that you are breathing is the fact that you are alive," ... (click for more)

Haslam Unveils Comprehensive Tax Cut And Transportation Proposal Including Higher Gas Tax And Vehicle Registration Fee

Joined by mayors from across the state and leaders in the manufacturing and trucking industries, Governor Bill Haslam on Wednesday announced "a comprehensive and strategic plan to cut taxes on food and manufacturing while updating how the state provides Tennesseans the safe and reliable transportation network needed to support future job growth." The IMPROVE Act, “Improving ... (click for more)

Big Woody's Tree Service Employee Killed In Fall On Signal Mountain

An employee of Woody's Tree Service fell to his death 150 feet off a bluff while trimming trees on Signal Mountain on Wednesday. At  11:22 a.m. , a 911 call was made by an employee of the tree service reporting a man in his early 30s had fallen off a bluff the mountain while trimming trees on private property. Walden's Ridge Emergency Services responded to 6202 ... (click for more)

Beyond Freedom Of Speech - And Response

Yes, most people know about the First Amendment to our Constitution, "The right, guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, to express beliefs and ideas without unwarranted government restriction."  I being a "deplorable" draw the line when people block traffic, try to disrupt, and even stop an activity through malice and disregard for others. Case being ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Where Is Central’s Auditorium?

I am surely one of the biggest proponents of high school athletics there is, especially after half a decade of being an eye witness to the vast array of lessons that are learned every day by anyone associated with sports. That said, I have watched the Hamilton County Commission waffle on a $500,000 track at Central High School with a certain curiosity because the same high school ... (click for more)