CBS President Les Moonves Presents Prestigious Joseph M. Quinn Award For Journalistic Excellence and Distinction to Dan Rather and CBS News Tradition

Los Angeles Press Club Awards Ceremony, June 9



Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Los Angeles Press Club

    LOS ANGELES, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The Los Angeles Press Club Board of
 Directors has unanimously voted to honor the dean of network television news
 anchors, veteran CBS newsman and Managing Editor Dan Rather, and the CBS news
 tradition, with their highest honor, the Joseph M. Quinn Award for
 Journalistic Excellence and Distinction, as part of the 43rd annual Southern
 California Journalism Awards, on Sat. June 9, Grand Ballroom, Sheraton
 Universal Hotel, Universal City. (6:30PM, cocktail reception, 7:30PM, dinner),
 it was announced today.
     It was announced today that CBS President and CEO, Leslie Moonves, will
 make the award presentation to Rather.
     Moonves, a veteran television executive and former actor who still
 occasionally appears on screen, has made CBS, says Business Week, "one of the
 hottest networks."
     Rather is being honored for "his consistently outstanding journalism on
 the CBS Evening News, as anchor of '48 Hours,' and as correspondent on
 '60 Minutes II,' and in all of his TV and radio broadcasts, and his thoughtful
 articles and books."
     "To be recognized with the Quinn Award is a great honor and I am gratified
 and humbled," says Rather.
     The L.A. Press Club honor also celebrates all of the hard working
 journalists, often scattered around the globe, who have worked for CBS over
 seven decades in TV, radio and editorial production, from the era of Edward R.
 Murrow through today.
     The award proclamation points out that "Mr. Rather in particular deserves
 special recognition for maintaining a focus on 'hard news' at a time features
 and soft news seem to be more in fashion.  The L.A. Press Club is made up of
 hard working journalists who believe in that hard news tradition, and honor
 it."
     The event is also expected to be a gathering of CBS news people past and
 present, from around the world.
     The prestigious annual Southern California Journalism Awards competition
 was founded by former LAPC president Joseph M. Quinn, a veteran journalist,
 war correspondent and, for many years, editor of the City News Service.
     Mr. Quinn passed away in 1977 and two years later the LAPC Board voted to
 name its top honorary award after him.  Past recipients of the Quinn Award
 include Walter Cronkite, Jim Murray, Tom Brokaw, Ted Koppel, Bill Boyarsky,
 Howard Rosenberg and Army Archerd.
     Dan Rather has had a legendary career as a journalist.  After teaching
 journalism, working for United Press International, and in local radio and TV,
 the Texas native joined CBS in 1962.  Rather broke the news of the
 assassination of President John F. Kennedy to a stunned nation, and since has
 often been in the center of the world's defining moments.
     He covered most of the major events during the second half of the
 Twentieth Century, from Vietnam to Bosnia, from hurricanes to the fall of the
 Soviet Union, from civil rights to the White House.  He has covered a dozen
 American presidential campaigns, and regularly had exclusive interviews with
 world leaders at crucial moments in history.
     Often referred to as "the hardest working man in broadcast journalism,"
 Rather currently works on three national TV programs, does a daily radio
 broadcast, a weekly newspaper column and continues to write articles and
 books.  He is the Managing Editor and anchor of the daily CBS Evening News,
 anchor and reporter for the weekly show "48 Hours," and a correspondent for
 the weekly "60 Minutes 2."  He authored his sixth book, "Deadlines And
 Datelines" in 1999, which became his third work to appear on the New York
 Times Best Seller list.
     Through network ownership changes, shifting political climates and a
 proliferation of media, Dan Rather has stood for solid journalism and
 reporting based on facts.
     "Ratings come and go," Rather said in a 1996 magazine article.  "Good
 journalism doesn't.  And what I try to be about is good journalism.  It may
 strike some people as sophomoric or corny, but that's the way I feel.  The way
 I judge us competitively is not by what the ratings are, but by what I think
 about the integrity of the broadcast.  What do I think about my own
 performance on a given story.  Quality is my measurement."
 
     In addition to the Quinn Award, honors will be presented in categories
 covering newspapers, TV, radio, magazines, news bureaus, newsletters,
 corporate publications, student journalists and online media.  For information
 and a contest application visit www.lapressclub.org, or call (323) 469-8180.
 
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    LOS ANGELES, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The Los Angeles Press Club Board of
 Directors has unanimously voted to honor the dean of network television news
 anchors, veteran CBS newsman and Managing Editor Dan Rather, and the CBS news
 tradition, with their highest honor, the Joseph M. Quinn Award for
 Journalistic Excellence and Distinction, as part of the 43rd annual Southern
 California Journalism Awards, on Sat. June 9, Grand Ballroom, Sheraton
 Universal Hotel, Universal City. (6:30PM, cocktail reception, 7:30PM, dinner),
 it was announced today.
     It was announced today that CBS President and CEO, Leslie Moonves, will
 make the award presentation to Rather.
     Moonves, a veteran television executive and former actor who still
 occasionally appears on screen, has made CBS, says Business Week, "one of the
 hottest networks."
     Rather is being honored for "his consistently outstanding journalism on
 the CBS Evening News, as anchor of '48 Hours,' and as correspondent on
 '60 Minutes II,' and in all of his TV and radio broadcasts, and his thoughtful
 articles and books."
     "To be recognized with the Quinn Award is a great honor and I am gratified
 and humbled," says Rather.
     The L.A. Press Club honor also celebrates all of the hard working
 journalists, often scattered around the globe, who have worked for CBS over
 seven decades in TV, radio and editorial production, from the era of Edward R.
 Murrow through today.
     The award proclamation points out that "Mr. Rather in particular deserves
 special recognition for maintaining a focus on 'hard news' at a time features
 and soft news seem to be more in fashion.  The L.A. Press Club is made up of
 hard working journalists who believe in that hard news tradition, and honor
 it."
     The event is also expected to be a gathering of CBS news people past and
 present, from around the world.
     The prestigious annual Southern California Journalism Awards competition
 was founded by former LAPC president Joseph M. Quinn, a veteran journalist,
 war correspondent and, for many years, editor of the City News Service.
     Mr. Quinn passed away in 1977 and two years later the LAPC Board voted to
 name its top honorary award after him.  Past recipients of the Quinn Award
 include Walter Cronkite, Jim Murray, Tom Brokaw, Ted Koppel, Bill Boyarsky,
 Howard Rosenberg and Army Archerd.
     Dan Rather has had a legendary career as a journalist.  After teaching
 journalism, working for United Press International, and in local radio and TV,
 the Texas native joined CBS in 1962.  Rather broke the news of the
 assassination of President John F. Kennedy to a stunned nation, and since has
 often been in the center of the world's defining moments.
     He covered most of the major events during the second half of the
 Twentieth Century, from Vietnam to Bosnia, from hurricanes to the fall of the
 Soviet Union, from civil rights to the White House.  He has covered a dozen
 American presidential campaigns, and regularly had exclusive interviews with
 world leaders at crucial moments in history.
     Often referred to as "the hardest working man in broadcast journalism,"
 Rather currently works on three national TV programs, does a daily radio
 broadcast, a weekly newspaper column and continues to write articles and
 books.  He is the Managing Editor and anchor of the daily CBS Evening News,
 anchor and reporter for the weekly show "48 Hours," and a correspondent for
 the weekly "60 Minutes 2."  He authored his sixth book, "Deadlines And
 Datelines" in 1999, which became his third work to appear on the New York
 Times Best Seller list.
     Through network ownership changes, shifting political climates and a
 proliferation of media, Dan Rather has stood for solid journalism and
 reporting based on facts.
     "Ratings come and go," Rather said in a 1996 magazine article.  "Good
 journalism doesn't.  And what I try to be about is good journalism.  It may
 strike some people as sophomoric or corny, but that's the way I feel.  The way
 I judge us competitively is not by what the ratings are, but by what I think
 about the integrity of the broadcast.  What do I think about my own
 performance on a given story.  Quality is my measurement."
 
     In addition to the Quinn Award, honors will be presented in categories
 covering newspapers, TV, radio, magazines, news bureaus, newsletters,
 corporate publications, student journalists and online media.  For information
 and a contest application visit www.lapressclub.org, or call (323) 469-8180.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
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