Delray Beach, Fla. / Washington, DC -- Mina Lasow Glazer, who, along with her late-husband, George, a national news media executive, and celebrity Jane Fonda, ex-wife of CNN founder Ted Turner, worked to establish the Radio Television News Directors Foundation’s First Amendment Awards Dinner, died at Delray Beach Medical Center, Fla. on March 1, 2018.
Mrs. Glazer, also a former New York City school teacher, educational union activist, and Marriott Corporation executive, died of complications stemming from a fractured hip and abdominal surgery. She was 84.
Work Commemorated at First Amendment Dinner
Mrs. and Mr. Glazer’s work for the RTNDF, now known as the Radio Television Digital News Foundation, will be commemorated at the 28th annual First Amendment Awards ceremony on Thursday, March 8, 2018 in Washington, DC.
“The event honors a distinguished group of journalists and First Amendment leaders that exemplify responsible journalism and who practice their constitutionally-guaranteed duty to seek and report the truth, which have always been important benchmarks to the Glazer family,” said RTDNF executive director Dan Shelley. He refers to the Glazers as, “Pioneers in helping to establish the world’s preeminent broadcast and digital news media organization.”
CBS News Host & Network News Award Recipients
At the event, hosted by Margaret Brennan, CBS News’ “Face the Nation” moderator; ABC News’ "Good Morning America" host Robin Roberts will receive a lifetime achievement award and the Glazers’ son, Bryan, a broadcast news media executive, will announce the establishment of the George and Mina Glazer Scholarship. Other honorees include NBC’s “Meet the Press” and moderator Chuck Todd; Joe Scarborough and Mike Brzezinski of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe;” David Rhodes, president of CBS News; and #MeToo movement pioneer and former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson. RTDNF will also honor Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15) for introducing the Journalist Protection Act in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Son: Face of CNN on 9-11
Bryan Glazer is president and executive producer of World Satellite Television News. It is a New York and West Palm Beach media relations firm that creates broadcast news campaigns on behalf of an array of corporate clients.
“My mother’s favorite saying was, life is not a dress rehearsal,” said Glazer, a former CNN NewSource correspondent and New York, Miami, Dallas and Raleigh local television reporter. He is best-known for his continuous live coverage on CNN of the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks. “On 9-11, I repeated that saying in my mind; continually reminding myself to be as accurate as possible; knowing that errors are always made in the first 24 hours of a catastrophe.”
Father: Media Executive
Bryan’s father, George, who died on November 22, 2016, at the age of 86, was, for 27 years the chief broadcasting officer at Hill and Knowlton Strategies. It is one of the world’s leading media relations firms. He was also Co-Chairman of the First Amendment Awards for more than a decade.
In 2001, George Glazer joined his son in business. During the past 50 years the Glazers counseled such luminaries as CBS News Anchorman Walter Cronkite; CBS News "60 Minutes" Host Mike Wallace and its executive producer Don Hewitt; Virgin Group CEO, Sir Richard Branson; JetBlue Founder David Neeleman; and celebrities Paul McCartney, Gladys Knight and Muhammad Ali, among many others.
America’s Most-Trusted PR Man
In 1990, at the inaugural First Amendment Banquet at Washington’s Mayflower Hotel, Mr. Cronkite, dubbed as, “The Most-Trusted Man in America,” toasted Mr. Glazer, “America’s most-trusted PR man.”
Mrs. Glazer & Ms. Fonda
That same year, at an RTNDA national conference, Mrs. Glazer met with Ms. Fonda, Mr. Turner’s fiancée. Mrs. Glazer convinced Ms. Fonda to lend her celebrity leverage to help raise corporate donations to the Foundation’s scholarship programs.
“Since then RDTNF has raised millions of dollars and the Glazers helped build the organization’s A-Frame,” said Mr. Shelley. He emphasized that the Glazers have been fixtures in both the Association and Foundation for more than 45 years and that Bryan’s parents will be missed. "Yet we are encouraged that the second-generation is continuing the family legacy.”
Daughter of Russian-Jew Refugee, Wife of TV Reporter, Education & Career
Mrs. Glazer is the daughter of a Russian-Jewish Immigrant who escaped the 1920 anti-Jewish pogrom. Teenager Morris Lasow fled Russia eventually becoming the largest leather tanner in Philadelphia.
In 1952, Mina Lasow married George Glazer, a television reporter at WCAU-TV, Philadelphia’s CBS TV station.
In 1954, Mrs. Glazer received her B.A. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania.
The Glazer’s moved to New York City in 1960, where Mr. Glazer started his own public relations firm and where Mrs. Glazer expanded her teaching career into the New York City school system.
In 1966, Mrs. Glazer received her master’s degree in education from Columbia University.
In 1968, she was a United Teacher’s Federation union activist in the historic New York City teachers' strike. It was a six month-long confrontation between the union and school board in which the UFT fought to highlight that students in mostly-impoverished black neighborhoods were not being afforded the same level of education as children in mostly-white neighborhoods.
In 1976, Mrs. Glazer was recruited to work as the New York executive assistant to Marriott corporate CEO Bill Marriott. Her duties included identifying philanthropic opportunities.
In 1990, Mrs. Glazer turned her attention to private philanthropic work.
In 1998, she and her husband moved to Valencia Lakes in West Boynton Beach, Fla.
Services & Survivors
Memorial services for Mrs. Glazer are scheduled for Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Beth Israel Chapel in West Boynton Beach, Fla.
On Wednesday, March 7, 2018, Mrs. Glazer shall be buried with her husband, a Korean War Veteran, at the South Florida National Cemetery, West Lake Worth, Fla.
Mrs. Glazer is survived by her son Bryan, her daughter Marjorie Glazer Edelstein, and her son-in-law Steven Edelstein. They all maintain residences in Delray Beach, Fla.