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Twenty-First ANNUAL CELEBRATION First Amendment AWARDS DINNERR A D I O T E L E V I S I O N D I G I TA L N E W S F O U N D AT I O N
Congratulations to the 2011 RTDNF FIRST AMENDMENT HONOREES DAVID BARRETT WOLF BLITZER SUSANA SCHULER Your Friends at RTDNA and RTDNF Cissy Baker Mark Kraham Kevin Benz Angie Kucharski Bob Brunner David Louie Dave Busiek Jane Nassiri Chris Carl Peggy Phillip Mike Cavender Bob PriddyBarbara and John Cochran Steve Schwaid Tom Corcoran Dan Shelley Vince Duffy Loren Tobia Ed Esposito Andrew Vrees David Evans Jen Wafalosky Janice S. Gin Stacey Woelfel
R A D I O T E L E V I S I O N D I G I TA L N E W S F O U N D AT I O N Twenty-First Annual Awards Dinner in Celebration of the First Amendment Program WELCOME MASTER OF CEREMONIES STACEY WOELFEL RUSS MITCHELL RTDNF Chair CBS News 10TH ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE TO 9/11 JOURNALISTS Martha Raddatz, ABC News Jeanne Meserve, CNNAnn Compton, ABC News Radio Rick Leventhal, Fox News Warren Levinson, AP Radio Rehema Ellis, NBC News Byron Pitts, CBS News Melissa Block, NPR Charlie Kaye, CBS Radio Awards Presentation LEONARD ZEIDENBERG FIRST AMENDMENT AWARD Wolf Blitzer, Anchor, The Situation Room and Lead Political Anchor, CNN Presenter: Phil Kent, Chairman and CEO, Turner Broadcasting FIRST AMENDMENT SERVICE AWARD Susana Schuler, Vice President, News, Raycom Media Presenter: Paul McTear, President and CEO, Raycom Media FIRST AMENDMENT LEADERSHIP AWARD David Barrett, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hearst Television Inc. Presenter: Tim Tooten, Senior Education Reporter, WBAL-TV
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Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment AwardN amed for the late Broadcasting & Cable senior correspondent, this award is presented annually to a radio or television journalist or news execu- tive whose work, through high standard and significant achievements,embodies the spirit of the First Amendment and its free press principles. 2011 HONOREE WOLF BLITZER Wolf Blitzer is CNN’s lead political anchor and the anchor of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. He has been with the network for more than 20 years. During the 2008 presidential election, Blitzer spearhead- ed CNN’s Peabody Award-winning coverage of the presidential primary debates and campaigns. He also anchored coverage surrounding all of the major political events, including conventions, Election Night and the inauguration of President Barack Obama. In his career, Blitzer has reported on a wide range ofmajor breaking stories around the world that have shaped the international politicallandscape. In December 2010, as tensions mounted between North and South Korea,Blitzer was the only network journalist to travel to North Korea with then-NewMexico Gov. Bill Richardson’s delegation.Blitzer began his career in 1972 with Reuters in Tel Aviv. Shortly thereafter, hebecame a Washington correspondent for The Jerusalem Post. After more than 15years reporting from the nations capital, Blitzer joined CNN in 1990 as the net-work’s military-affairs correspondent at the Pentagon. He later served as CNN’ssenior White House correspondent, covering President Bill Clinton.Among the numerous honors he has received, Blitzer received Emmy Awards for his1996 coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing and coverage of Election Day 2006.He was also awarded a George Foster Peabody award for Hurricane Katrina coverage;an Alfred I. duPont Award for coverage of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia;and an Edward R. Murrow Award for coverage of the September 11 terrorist attacks.Blitzer is the author of two books, Between Washington and Jerusalem: A ReportersNotebook and Territory of Lies. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from theState University of New York at Buffalo, a master of arts degree in internationalrelations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced InternationalStudies in Washington, D.C.Presenting the Award:Phil Kent, Turner Broadcasting
First Amendment Service AwardT his award honors news professionals in local or network news who work in an off-air , management capacity. Through largely behind-the-scenes work, winners of this award are in a position to influence their news products anddemonstrate standards of excellence that are the underpinnings of journalisticintegrity and credibility. 2011 HONOREE SUSANA SCHULER Susana Schuler is Vice President of News for Raycom Media. She is responsible for oversight of the product, people, ratings, research, content and community involvement of its news operations. Schuler joined Raycom Media in February 2006 to oversee its growing group of news outlets. In 2007, Schuler created the Raycom News Leadership Program, an intensive, year-long project aimed at retaining and retraining mid-level managers to prepare them for higher management jobs. Forty-eight mid- level managers from the company’s 31 news-producingstations have participated in the program since 2007. From the first class of 12, six havebecome Raycom Media news directors. In light of the success, the company has addedsimilar programs for producers and department heads aimed at training future executiveproducers and general managers.While in college, Schuler started as an associate producer for KXAS-TV in Fort Worthand then became a reporter/photographer in Beaumont, TX. Next came jobs asreporter, anchor, producer, assignment manager and eventually news director inWichita Falls, TX. She went on to Harrisburg, PA, as an assistant news director, healthreporter and anchor, then to Terre Haute, IN, as a news director. Before joiningRaycom Media, she was a Corporate Vice President of News for Nexstar Broadcasting.She is a former RTNDA board member and serves on the Broadcast Advisory Board ofthe Associated Press. She has been on advisory boards for the University of NorthTexas, Ball State University and Eastern Illinois University. Schuler also volunteers forthe American Cancer Society, Race for the Cure and the American Red Cross. In2002, Broadcasting & Cable named Schuler one of the “Next Wave of Women inCommunications” to watch. She is a graduate of Texas Christian University where shestudied Broadcast Journalism and Business.Presenting the Award:Paul McTear, Raycom Media
First Amendment Leadership AwardR TDNF presents this award annually to a media executive, business or government leader who has upheld the highest standards of journalism and made a significant contribution to the protection of FirstAmendment freedoms. 2011 HONOREE DAVID BARRETT David Barrett is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hearst Television Inc. He joined Hearst in 1984 as general manager of the companys Baltimore radio sta- tions, later assuming general manager responsibility for the Hearst Radio Group, and then for WBAL-TV in Baltimore. He relocated to New York in 1991 as Vice President of Hearst Corporation and Deputy General Manager of Broadcasting, with operating oversight for the companys television and radio stations. In 1997, at the merger of Hearst Broadcasting andArgyle Television into Hearst-Argyle Television, Barrett was executive vice presidentand chief operating officer. He was named President and Chief Executive Officer in2001. Hearst-Argyle Television was publicly traded on the NYSE from 1998 until2009, when it was taken private by Hearst Corporation and re-named HearstTelevision.Barrett is a past Chairman of the Board of Governors of the ABC Television AffiliatesAssociation and the Federal Communications Commission’s Media Security andReliability Council (MSRC II). He has served on the boards of the International Radioand Television Society (IRTS), the Advertising Council, and Internet BroadcastingSystems, Inc.David Barrett is member of the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame (2008) and theNational Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Management Hall of Fame (2005).In 2004, he was named Broadcasting & Cable magazine’s Broadcaster of the Year.He is a director of Hearst Corporation and a trustee of the trust established under thewill of William Randolph Hearst. He is a board member of The Hearst Foundationsand the boards of the Association for Maximum Service Television, Inc., the Emma L.Bowen Foundation, the Broadcasters Foundation, the National Association ofBroadcasters (NAB), and the NAB’s Education Foundation.Presenting the Award:Tim Tooten, WBAL-TV
Congratulations DAVID BARRETT Everyone at Teen Kids News would like to congratulate David Barrett on his RTDNF First Amendment Award,and thank him for his leadership in educating and informing youthful viewers of the Hearst group stations, which have aired our award winning news program since its inception nearly 8 years ago.
FIRST AMENDMENT LEADERSHIP AWARD:DAVID J. BARRETT, PRESIDENT AND CEOOF HEARST TELEVISION INC.FIRST AMENDMENT SERVICE AWARD:SUSANA SCHULER, VICE PRESIDENTOF NEWS FOR RAYCOM MEDIA.WE’RE PROUD TO BE YOUR PARTNERS.
Past Honorees LEONARD ZEIDENBERG FIRST AMENDMENT AWARD Brian Williams – 2010 Jim Lehrer – 2001 Cokie Roberts – 2009 Diane Sawyer – 2000 Bob Schieffer – 2008 Christiane Amanpour – 1999 Kimberly Dozier – 2007 Mike Wallace – 1998 Bob Woodruff – 2007 Jane Pauley – 1997 Gwen Ifill – 2006 Carole Simpson – 1996 Ed Bradley – 2005 Walter Cronkite – 1995 Andrea Mitchell – 2004 David Brinkley – 1994 Judy Woodruff – 2003 John Chancellor – 1993 Sam Donaldson – 2002 James Snyder – 1992 FIRST AMENDMENT SERVICE AWARD Harvey Nagler – 2010 Susan Zirinsky – 2003 Susan Grant – 2009 Fred Young – 2002 Paula Madison – 2008 Gary Wordlaw – 2001 Philip S. Balboni – 2007 Lee Giles – 2000 William Wheatley – 2006 Marty Haag – 1999Wendy Walker Whitworth – 2005 Betty Cole Dukert – 1998 Walter Ulloa – 2004 FIRST AMENDMENT LEADERSHIP AWARD David Westin – 2010 Floyd Abrams – 2003 Google Inc. – 2009 Katharine Graham – 2002 Tom Curley – 2008 Don Hewitt – 2001 Roger Ailes – 2007 R.E. “Ted” Turner – 2000 Belo Corporation, Clear Channel, Bob Wright – 1999 Emmis Communications, Entercom Roone Arledge – 1998 Communications, Hearst-Argyle Robert L. Johnson – 1997Television, Inc., Raycom Media, Inc., Howard Stringer – 1996 Tribune Broadcasting – 2006 Tom Johnson – 1995 Jim Keelor – 2005 James Quello – 1994 Charles Grassley – 2004 Frank Stanton – 1993 Patrick Leahy – 2004 Allen Neuharth – 1992
ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE TO9•11 JOURNALISTSAs we approach the tenth anniversary of the terroristattacks of September 11, 2001, the Radio TelevisionDigital News Foundation pauses to honor the journal-ists who covered the attacks and their aftermath,honoring their courage to serve the people’s right toknow, despite great personal risk. Through theactions of those journalists, the people of Americawere able to follow the events as they happened andstay informed so that they could remain safe, find outabout the wellbeing of loved ones, and follow thegovernment’s reaction to the crisis. These journalistswere there to provide the information essential to keepAmericans connected to the crisis.
Salutes Its 2010-2011 SCHOLARSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP WINNERS 2010-2011 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERSEd Bradley Scholarship Presidents ScholarshipLance Frank Monica YantoshLouisiana State University Elon UniversityGeorge Foreman Tribute to LBJ Abe Schecter ScholarshipIsaiah Taino Rosario Joe DanielewiczUniversity of Texas at Austin Columbia UniversityKen Kashiwahara Scholarship Whitney PenningtonJeannette Reyes University of California at BerkeleyKent State University Carole Simpson ScholarshipLou & Carol Prato Sports Gardenia ColemanReporting Scholarship Arizona State UniversityJacquelyn S. AdamsElon University Rob Sunde Scholarship Carlos SaucedoPresidents’ Scholarship University of Southern CaliforniaAbbey NiezgodaEmerson College Pete Wilson Scholarship Alyssa Fetini University of California at Berkeley 2010-2011 FELLOWSHIP WINNERSN.S. Bienstock Fellowship Jacque I. Minotte FellowshipEmilia Askari Sabriya RiceUniversity of Michigan CNNMichele Clark Fellowship Vada and Col. Barney OldfieldKo Im FellowshipWBOC-TV, Salisbury, MD Jamie Mannion AFN Korea
Dinner Committee Stacey Woelfel KOMU-TV Chair Cissy Baker Linda Lange Access Washington, LLC Hearst Television Inc. Ed Belkin Ed Lewis PhRMA Toyota Motors of North America Edie Emery Bill McCloskey CNN Bethesda, MD Mike Freedman Fred Young George Washington University 2002 First Amendment Service Award Recipient Stephanie White Raycom Media MissionThe Radio Television Digital News Foundation (RTDNF) providestraining programs, seminars, scholarship support and research in areas ofcritical concern to electronic news professionals and their audience.As the educational arm of the Radio Television Digital News Association,RTDNF offers professional development opportunities for working andaspiring journalists and journalism educators. The Foundation’s primaryobjectives include:N Promoting discussion of ethics and N Assessing the impact of technolog- integrity in news coverage ical change on the news industryN Developing leadership skills N Fostering exchanges of ideas and among news professionals and perspectives at the local, national sound management practices in and international levels news organizations N Supporting U.S. First AmendmentN Encouraging diversity in news rights, worldwide press freedom organizations and in news coverage and the public’s right to know
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