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Journos fete KTTV’s Rios

KTTV news director Jose Rios has been honored as Broadcast Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). The award was presented Thursday night during a banquet at the Biltmore Hotel.

Rios is receiving the award — conferred annually on an individual “whose career has exemplified the ideals of the society” — for his pioneering work in broadcast news in Los Angeles at first KCBS (where he spent 13 years) and, since May 1992, at KTTV.

Under Rios’ guidance, KTTV’s nightly “Fox News at 10” has surpassed KTLA as the highest-rated 10 p.m. news-cast in Southern California while carving out a youthful demographic base compatible with Fox’s primetime lineup. The news also has won numerous Golden Mike, local Emmy, Peabody and duPont-Columbia University awards.

The station also has expanded its weekday news output from one hour to four during Rios’ tenure, adding “Fox Morning News” (6-7 a.m.) and “Good Day LA” (7-9 a.m.) in June 1993.

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