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KVUE-TV Austin Honors Carole Kneeland with Newsroom Dedication

The late Carole Kneeland, TAB’s 1997 Broadcaster of the Year, has been recognized by her former employer, KVUE-TV Austin, with the dedication of its newsroom in her honor. 

For nine years, Kneeland provided her leadership to the KVUE newsroom, first as its News Director, then as its VP of News Operations. A journalist visionary, Kneeland helped establish standards and practices that were ahead of their time. She established criteria for how crime is reported, mentored young journalists, and led with a servant heart. It is with that spirit KVUE dedicated its newsroom to Kneeland. 

“Carole Kneeland created a legacy that we’re honored to celebrate. She challenged the status quo and raised the standards of ethical journalism not only at KVUE but across the Country. She has a lasting impact on our past, current and future journalists, and it’s an absolute honor to formally dedicate our newsroom to her,” said KVUE President & GM Byron Wilkinson. 

Her news career was cut short as she battled breast cancer, passing away in 1998. However, her news legacy lives on through the Carole Kneeland Project for Responsible Journalism, which focuses on improving local news, one journalist at a time. The Kneeland Project is now in its 26th year of training newsroom managers.

KVUE’s News Director, Travis Sattiewhite, himself a Kneeland Fellow, understands the impact Kneeland has and continues to have on journalists all over the country. 

“Carole Kneeland was a visionary leader. She advocated for the continued training of news teams to make them better journalists. Dedicating our newsroom to her is a constant reminder to every journalist that walks through the doors at KVUE of what we stand for,” said Sattiewhite.

Friend and former co-worker, Joan Barrett, now general manager at WCNC-TV Charlotte, NC, serves as primary trainer for the non-profit Carole Kneeland Project for Responsible Journalism. Barrett said “Building a strong newsroom culture is one of the main tenets of Carole’s leadership style. It is fitting that the newsroom she helped to build is now dedicated in her name.” 

A formal ceremony will take place at Noon on March 20 at KVUE-TV. Those who wish to attend or donate to the Carole Kneeland Project can find more information at

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