The KVUE Defenders extend their reach by adding another award winning journalist to an award winning team.
Austin, TX – KVUE’s long-standing and award winning investigative unit, The Defenders, grows even stronger by adding Austin American-Statesman investigative journalist Tony Plohetski to the team. The veteran reporter will provide special assignments alongside Andy Pierrotti to air on KVUE News and in the Austin American-Statesman. This joint partnership between Austin’s news leaders brings viewers more of the investigative journalism that they have asked for and reinforces KVUE’s commitment to delivering local reporting that impacts our viewers' lives.
“It makes sense that the two leading news organizations in Austin join together in this unique partnership for the benefit of our viewers and readers. Investigative journalism is at the core of both our newsrooms. By joining forces with the Austin American-Statesman and veteran reporter Tony Plohetski, the award winning KVUE's Defenders Unit will be able to bring more investigative journalism to the people we serve, our viewers and readers who trust in us that we will report responsible, ethical and accurate news and information,” says KVUE’s News Director, Frank Volpicella.
Investigations produced by the KVUE Defenders have received awards from The Texas Associated Press Broadcasters, Emmys from The Lone Star Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and prestigious Edward R. Murrow awards.
KVUE-TV is a part of Belo Corp. (BLC), which is one of the nation’s largest pure-play, publicly-traded television companies, 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 or by contacting Paul Fry, vice president/Investor Relations & Treasury Operations, at 214-977-6835.