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TEGNA’s VAULT Studios Announces Two New Podcast Projects

TRUE CRIME CHRONICLES to Premiere June 24, Followed by Summer 2019
Release of BARDSTOWN


TYSONS, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) today announced the launch of two new podcast
projects by VAULT Studios, TEGNA’s in-house digital content studio
offering high-quality storytelling from the company’s rich archive of
investigative reports. VAULT projects pull from real-life cases
investigated by TEGNA’s stable of award-winning reporters across
41 markets.

VAULT Studios also announced that its team will be appearing at
CrimeCon, the world’s largest convention for true crime fans, on June
7-9 in New Orleans. Attendees are encouraged to take part in VAULT’s
“Every City Has its Secrets” pitch-fest and pitch new podcast ideas for
consideration. During CrimeCon, true crime aficionados and the press
will be treated to a preview of VAULT’s two new podcasts, TRUE CRIME
CHRONICLES
and BARDSTOWN, and have an opportunity to interact
with the podcasts’ hosts and creators.

These latest projects build on the success of BOMBER, VAULT’s
March 2019 debut offering, which was co-produced with TEGNA station KVUE
and chronicles the 2018 Austin serial bombings. BOMBER reached
Number 12 on Apple’s News & Politics podcasts, remaining in the top 50
for three weeks.

“We saw with BOMBER that there is a tremendous market for
bringing together our world-class journalism with innovative
storytelling formats,” said Adam Ostrow, TEGNA’s chief digital officer.
“Our latest projects tap into our archive of solved and unsolved cases
to tell engaging stories that will inform and entertain a wide audience
of listeners, from news junkies to true crime superfans.”

TRUE CRIME CHRONICLES, launching on June 24, is a weekly true
crime podcast hosted by Emmy Award-winning TEGNA investigative
journalist Jessica Noll and VAULT executive producer Will Johnson. Noll
and Johnson will bring audiences a new case each week, spotlighting
underreported cases and offering a new perspective on bigger, more
well-known stories. In upcoming episodes of TRUE CRIME CHRONICLES,
the hosts explore investigations previously reported by TEGNA
journalists, including uncovering the dark secrets of a cult leader who
set up an Egyptian-themed city in rural Georgia, following the trail of
two men on a drug-fueled killing spree in California, and examining the
case of an innocent couple kidnapped by a drug cartel on the streets of
Dallas. TRUE CRIME CHRONICLES will be available on Apple
Podcasts
, Spotify,
Google
Play
, TEGNA-owned digital sites and all major listening platforms.

“We believe it’s vital to talk to all the people involved in the case,”
said TRUE CRIME CHRONICLES co-host Jessica Noll. “Our audience
will hear from reporters who broke the story, the police on the inside,
victims and their families, and whenever possible the people who
committed the crime.”

In addition, VAULT also announced the release of a new episodic podcast.
Titled BARDSTOWN, this podcast dives deep into a spate of five
unsolved murders in three years that occurred in and around the small
Kentucky town for which the series is named. Produced in partnership
with WHAS, TEGNA’s ABC affiliate in Louisville that originally reported
the murders, BARDSTOWN investigates whether the murders are
connected and why a killer is still on the loose in this community of
13,000. Premiering this summer, a new BARDSTOWN episode will be
released each week over its 8-12 week run.

“The people of Bardstown deserve answers, and they deserve to have their
story told,” said Will Johnson. “Podcasts like BARDSTOWN offer a
platform for our journalists to explore a topic as deeply as necessary
to get the full story, share additional perspectives, and introduce new
information.”

About VAULT Studios

VAULT Studios (www.vaultstudios.com)
is a production and distribution studio that combines TEGNA’S vast
archive of investigative reporting with modern digital storytelling to
develop new, original, cross-platform content offerings. Created in
2019, VAULT’s initial slate of programming focuses on true crime, cold
cases and unsolved mysteries from TEGNA’s 49 television stations in 41
markets. VAULT’S offerings are distributed on Apple Podcasts, Spotify,
Google Play and on TEGNA’s owned-and-operated digital platforms.

About TEGNA

TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) is an innovative media company that serves the
greater good of our communities. With 49 television stations and two
radio stations in 41 markets, TEGNA delivers relevant content and
information to consumers across platforms. It is the largest owner of
top 4 affiliates in the top 25 markets, reaching approximately one-third
of all television households nationwide. Each month, TEGNA reaches 50
million adults on-air and approximately 35 million across its digital
platforms. TEGNA has been consistently honored with the industry’s top
awards, including Edward R. Murrow, George Polk, Alfred I. DuPont and
Emmy Awards. TEGNA also delivers innovative and unparalleled solutions
for advertisers through TEGNA
Marketing Solutions
(TMS). TMS is a one-stop shop that helps
businesses thrive through an unmatched suite of services and solutions
that reach consumers across television, email, social and over-the-top
(OTT) platforms, including Premion,
TEGNA’s OTT advertising service. Across platforms, TEGNA tells
empowering stories, conducts impactful investigations and delivers
innovative marketing solutions. For more information, visit www.TEGNA.com.

Contacts

For media inquiries, contact:
Demetrios Karoutsos
Director,
Corporate Communications & Media Relations
703-873-6327
dkaroutsos@TEGNA.com

For investor inquiries, contact:
John Janedis, CFA
Senior
Vice President, Capital Markets & Investor Relations
703-873-6222
jjanedis@TEGNA.com

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