ALBANY, N.Y., June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The New York State Broadcasters Association (NYSBA) announced today that veteran ABC News journalist Charles Gibson will receive the 2010 Broadcaster of the Year award.
Gibson, one of the most distinguished journalists in television with more than 40 years of experience, will receive the award at lunch on Tuesday, June 29th during NYSBA's 48th annual Executive Conference held June 28-29 at The Sagamore Hotel in Bolton Landing, NY.
"Charles Gibson truly is one of the news industry's elite," said NYSBA President Joseph A. Reilly. "His top-notch reporting, along with his journalistic integrity, made him an obvious choice for Broadcaster of the Year."
Gibson won't be the only longtime television personality appearing at the Executive Conference. Lou Dobbs, a former CNN TV personality, radio host, author and possible future politician is slated to address conference attendees following lunch about the state of the economy.
"We are very excited to have a veteran journalist tackle a timely topic such as the economy," Reilly added. "Lou Dobbs has been known to shake things up a bit in terms of his political views, so it's bound to be a provocative discussion."
Gibson, who joined ABC in 1975 and for years served with Diane Sawyer as co-anchor of "Good Morning America," most recently anchored ABC's flagship broadcast, "ABC's World News," where he served as the network's principal journalist for breaking news, election coverage and special events, a role he fulfilled from December 1999 until his retirement in May 2006.
Originally from Evanston, Ill., Gibson attended Princeton University. He is a National Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan, and has served as a board member of this program, now known as the Knight-Wallace Fellows at Michigan, since 1998. He was awarded the prestigious Paul White Award from the Radio and Television News Directors of American in 2006, and the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award from Quinnipiac University in 2008.
Dobbs currently hosts "Lou Dobbs Radio," a daily three-hour show on United Station Radio Networks. The nationally syndicated program is guest-centered and features political discussion as well as listener calls. His views on illegal immigration and labor outsourcing have been controversial, and he has stated publicly that he's considering running for public office — possibly for the New Jersey senate or the presidency in 2012.
A Texas native, Dobbs is best known for his nearly 30 years with CNN, which he joined when the network launched in 1980. He served in numerous capacities with CNN including executive vice president and hosted programs such as "Moneyline" and "Lou Dobbs Tonight." Dobbs left CNN in 1999 to launch Space.com, a Web site devoted to astronautical news, only to return to his TV hosting duties in 2001. He resigned from CNN in November 2009.
A Harvard University graduate, Dobbs has written several books as well as articles for such publications as U.S. News & World Report. He has earned numerous awards for his broadcast journalism efforts, including a Lifetime Achievement Awards, a Cable ACE award and a George Peabody Award.
For more information about NYSBA's 48th annual Executive Conference, call (518) 456-8888, or visit www.nysbroadcasters.org.
Founded in 1955, the New York State Broadcasters Association (NYSBA) represents the interests of more than 700 television and radio stations in the NYS Assembly, the US Congress, and various other legislative bodies. NYSBA also offers a variety of services to help the broadcasters of New York State better serve their communities. For more information, call (518) 456-8888 or go to www.nysbroadcasters.org.
SOURCE New York State Broadcasters Association