WESH-TV and Dan Billow, the station’s long-time space reporter, provided television audiences in Orlando with stunning, informed live coverage of the breakup of the Columbia space shuttle. Faced with one of the most difficult challenges in television news -- live coverage of a disaster -- Billow and his colleagues delivered reports that are judiciously restrained, yet filled with insightful analysis and solid information With the expertise that only a solid beat reporter can develop, Billow immediately identified the foam insulation that hit the shuttle’s wing on take-off as the likely cause of the breakup.

The staff of WESH-TV and Dan Billow, space reporter; Travis J. Sherwin, senior special projects producer; Ed Trauschke, news director

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