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EMMY WINNING NEWS REPORTERS ANCHOR 'THE CRUSADERS'

 Mark Hyman, William La Jeunesse, Howard Thompson, Carla Wohl Named
 as Co-Hosts of Investigative-Advocacy Series `The Crusaders' Announces Senior Producers and Reporting Team Program
 Debuts in Syndication on 145 Stations Representing 90 Percent
 of U.S. Households on Sept. 10
 BURBANK, Calif., July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Buena Vista Television's unique investigative-advocacy program "The Crusaders" will anchor its weekly broadcasts with four award-winning television journalists representing a wide range of news reporting skills and experience, it was announced by Amy Sacks, senior vice president, programming, Buena Vista Productions.
 The series premieres Friday, Sept. 10, on stations nationwide (check local listings).
 The newly appointed reporter/hosts include eight-time Emmy and three-time Associated Press award-winner Mark Hyman, from WSB-TV, Atlanta; six-time Emmy and UPI award-winning investigative reporter William La Jeunesse, from KNSD-TV, San Diego; urban affairs reporter Howard Thompson, from WNBC-TV, New York, who won an AP Award for his series on Walpole State Prison; and human interest reporter Carla Wohl, from WTNH-TV, Hartford, Conn., who has an award from The Society of Professional Journalists and an Emmy Award nomination.
 "These four co-hosts best represent the varied skills and experience of our 16-member reporting team," said Sacks. "In addition to their anchoring the program from the working home base at `The Crusaders' headquarters, they will research and produce stories as well as resolve problems in their reports."
 John Butte, the program's executive producer, said, "In identifying our reporting team, we looked for strong journalists who were ready to become advocates for the people in their stories. We looked for gifted reporters with the courage and conviction required to take journalism to a different level."
 Broadcasts will originate in Burbank, from the floor of "The Crusaders" news room, a turn-of-the-century, renovated warehouse that serve as the show's headquarters. Each hour-long episode will feature three major stories in addition to short segments.
 In addition to the show's anchors, former "60 Minutes" producer Greg Cooke and independent news producer Edward J. Asiano have been hired as senior producers and will work closely with Butte in supervising day-to- day stories and managing the extensive reporting team.
 Cooke won two Emmy and two Peabody Awards for segments with Mike Wallace, Morley Safer and Harry Reasoner. In addition to working as a CBS News photographer in Vietnam, Cooke also produced undercover reports with Sam Donaldson for ABC News' "Prime Time Live."
 Asiano, also a two-time Emmy Award winner, has credits that include stints as a writer-director for "Entertainment Tonight" and production executive for "PM Magazine," as well as producer of such television specials as "Caught in the Act" (NBC) and "Face the Hate" (Syndicated), among others.
 Assigned to the show as coordinating producer is David Lowe, who spent 17 years with CBS News in various capacities, including director of Documentary Operations, producer-writer-director for CBS News and "CBS Reports" as well as having produced more than 50 stories for "60 Minutes."
 Consulting on the program is Grace Diekhaus, a 20-year veteran of "60 Minutes" who was also the show's Los Angeles bureau chief. She created and managed news magazine programs for CBS News, and produced many investigative reports as well as profiles on celebrities such as Phil Donahue, Marlo Thomas, Donald Trump, Leona Helmsley, Steven Spielberg and Whoopi Goldberg.
 The reporting team for "The Crusaders" are: Katrina Daniel (public affairs reporter from Miami's WTVJ-TV); Silvia Gambardella (consumer reporter from Minneapolis' WCCO-TV); Sandra Gin documentary/multicultural reporter from Los Angeles' KCOP-TV); Diana Nyad (sports and entertainment reporter form ABC Sports and accomplished swimmer who holds the world record for longest open water swim); Emmy, AP and UPI award-wining Randy Paige (investigative reporter from Baltimore's WMAR-TV); Brook Skulski (an attorney and sports reporter as well as former news producer for both NBC Network News and CNN); Ted Wayman (general assignment reporter from Boston's WBZ-TV). Also on the team is the undercover reporter who operates under the name of Apollo and is known for his candid and award-winning stories on gangs in South Central Los Angeles. Also available for special assignment is three- time Emmy Award-winner Douglas G. McConnell (environmental reporter from San Francisco's KPIX-TV).
 "The Crusaders" is cleared in 90 percent of the country representing 145 markets, which include the NBC-owned-and-operated stations. The series is produced by First Run Productions Ltd., and distributed by Buena Vista Television. Group broadcasters Westinghouse Broadcasting Co., Lin Television Corp. and Providence Journal Broadcasting are equity investors in the series.
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 /CONTACT: John Michaeli of Buena Vista Television, 818-560-7565/


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