CBS’s Harvey Nagler, ABC’s David Westin and NBC’s Brian Williams will be honored at the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation’s 20th annual First Amendment Awards dinner on March 4, 2010.
The Radio and Television News Directors Foundation will honor three news leaders for their commitment to the First Amendment and excellence in journalism at the 20th Annual First Amendment Awards Dinner on Thursday, March 4, 2010, at Washington’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Honorees are:
- Harvey Nagler, vice president, CBS News, radio — First Amendment Service Award
- David Westin, president, ABC News — First Amendment Leadership Award
- Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor, NBC Nightly News — Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award
“The RTNDF First Amendment Award honorees represent the best effort of individuals, companies and groups keeping alive one of our most basic American freedoms,” said RTNDF Chairman Ed Esposito. “The First Amendment stands as a beacon of light to the world, where we continue to see the power of freedom of expression in shaping communities across the globe. It is our honor to recognize these electronic journalists for their personal and professional commitment, dedication and passion to the First Amendment.”
Harvey Nagler will be honored with the First Amendment Service Award, which is presented to a person of distinction who works in an off-air, management capacity. Nagler was named vice president, CBS News, Radio, in January 1998. Prior to joining CBS Radio News, Nagler was director, news and programming for WCBS-AM New York, where he developed and implemented several practices that have been adopted or imitated by hundreds of stations across the country. He joined WCBS-AM from the United Stations Radio Networks, where he had been vice president, news and sports (1985-87) and director of news operations (1979-84, then RKO Radio Networks). affiliates.
David Westin will receive the First Amendment Leadership Award, presented to a business or government leader who has made a significant contribution to protecting Freedom of the Press. Westin has led ABC News since 1997. In that time ABC News has received top honors for broadcast journalism including: 5 George Polk Awards, 10 George Foster Peabody Awards, 12 Alfred I. duPont Awards, more than 35 News and Documentary Emmys and more than 40 Edward R. Murrow Awards.
Brian Williams will receive the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award, named for the late senior Washington correspondent for Broadcasting & Cable magazine. Williams joined NBC News in 1993 as a reporter and became NBC Chief White House correspondent. He was a news anchor on MSNBC and CNBC before becoming anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News in 2004.