RTDNF to honor Bill Whitaker

February 13, 2017 01:30

RTDNF will hold its 27th annual First Amendment Awards on March 14 at the Grand Hyatt, 1000 H Street NW in Washington, DC. Among the champions of the First Amendment being honored will be:

Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award: Bill Whitaker, CBS News
Bill Whitaker has been a correspondent for CBS News since 1985. He joined 60 Minutes in 2014, after serving in posts for the network including Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Atlanta. He has covered the presidential campaigns of Mitt Romney in 2008, George W. Bush in 2000 and Michael Dukakis in 1988, the funeral of Nelson Mandela, the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the pro-democracy uprising in Tiananmen Square. He also has worked for CBS Sunday Morning and won an Emmy Award for his reports on the collapse of Jim and Tammy Bakker’s television ministry. Previously, Whitaker was a correspondent for WBTV-TV in Charlotte and KQED-TV in San Francisco.
RTDNF presents this award annually to a radio or television journalist or news executive who has made a major contribution to the protection of First Amendment freedoms. It is named for the late Broadcasting & Cable senior correspondent, Leonard Zeidenberg.

Also being honored at the event are Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, Steve Jones of ABC News Radio, Stanley S. Hubbard and Stanley E. Hubbard of Hubbard Broadcasting and Nina Totenberg of NPR News. For more on the honorees, please read the complete announcement. Details about the RTDNF First Amendment Awards can be found on our event page.


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