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Houston Mayor’s Race: KHOU-TV and KUHF-FM Announce Results of Exclusive Survey

The 11 News/KUHF-Houston Public Radio Poll Hits the Airwaves Next Week

The biggest job in Houston government is up for grabs this election year. Now, for the first time, Houstonians will see the results of the only independent poll asking local voters who they want as their next mayor.

On Sunday night, 11 News at 10 will reveal who’s ahead with surveyed voters in the race for Houston mayor. On Monday morning, KUHF 88.7 FM will dig deeper into the data during NPR’s Morning Edition to explore how the race might shift as voters learn more about the candidates. Those stories will kick off five days of special reports on the candidates and the issues shaping the 2009 race for Houston mayor.

“We are getting closer to deciding who will be Houston’s next mayor, and voters still have questions,” said Keith Connors, KHOU Executive News Director. “Our objective with this series is to find the stories and answers that lie beneath the poll numbers.”

The poll surveying 500 registered voters was conducted by the University of Houston’s Center for Public Policy and 11 News political analyst Bob Stein of Rice University. 11 News reporter Lee McGuire will analyze the data and cover the stories raised by the survey.

Some of the candidates for mayor have commissioned their own polls, but those results have not been revealed. The 11 News/KUHF-Houston Public Radio Poll is the first independent survey of Houston voters. It will also be the first 2009 Houston mayoral poll whose results will be disclosed not only on the air, but also on the web sites of 11 News ( and KUHF (

“KHOU has a legacy of great political reporting and polling,” said Susan McEldoon, KHOU President and General Manager. “With this data, we are able to give further insight into an election that is important to our viewers in the city of Houston.”

Beyond what political junkies might call the “horse race” numbers showing who’s ahead, the survey will reveal what voters think about a wide range of issues – from traffic jams to public transit, from animal control to flood control, from Houston’s police department to Houston’s fire department. Those stories will air in a series of reports broadcast from Monday through Thursday.

KHOU-TV/DT is a part of Belo Corp. (BLC), one of the nation’s largest pure-play, publicly-traded television companies, with 2008 annual revenue of $733 million. The Company 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. Nearly all Belo stations rank first or second in their local market. Additional information is available at or by contacting Paul Fry, vice president/Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, at 214-977-6835.

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