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ABC’s Westin Wins Award, Addresses Tough Times

westin.jpg ABC News President David Westin received the First Amendment Leadership Award by the RTDNA (Radio TV Digital News Association) Thursday evening in Washington at the Ritz.

He spoke candidly of the importance of the First Amendment and of the trying times news organizations like ABC finds itself in today.

“In recent years we’ve seen pillars of our journalistic community go into bankruptcy,” Westin said. “We’ve seen our best institutions undergo cuts. And sometimes, wave after wave of cuts. People are asking whether some news organizations can survive at all. It’s against that backdrop that last week I announced a fundamental transformation of ABC News.”

He gave a serious shout out to D.C.-based correspondents.

“The First Amendment also asks that we employ beat reporters who develop their expertise and their sources over the years so that they can sort through the chaff and find and explain the kernel of wheat that no one else will find.

“Examples of these at ABC News right here in Washington are reporters like Martha Raddatz on foreign affairs and Jake Tapper on politics and the White House and Pierre Thomas on justice and Jonathon Karl on Capitol Hill and Lisa Stark on aviation and regulation and Terry Moran on the Supreme Court.”

Apart from Westin, award winners included: NBC’s Brian Williams, RTDNA President Emeritus Barbara Cochran, National Assoc. of Broadcasters Education Foundation President Marcellus Alexander, and Harvey Nagler, V.P. of CBS Radio News.

Too see all of the speeches from the dinner visit the RTDNA website here.

Read Westin’s full remarks after the jump…

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Anderson to Afghanistan

Anderson Cooper will head to Afghanistan to anchor “AC360″ next week for the anniversary of September 11th. Dr. Sanjay Gupta will also be embedded to deliver reports on field trauma surgery. Cooper will be joined by analyst Peter Bergen and “AC360″ will have field reports from correspondent Michael Ware.

On a related note… after the jump, check out moving video from CBS’ Lara Logan and Don Lee shot on a recent trip to Afghanistan, while embedded with troops. The CBS webcast “Washington Unplugged” also included an update from CBS radio’s Harvey Nagler on the condition of Cami McCormick, recently injured in Afghanistan.

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Happy 40th WTOP!


Syndicated columnist and broadcaster Cal Thomas, WRC-TV and WAMU-FM reporter Tom Sherwood and WTOP investigative reporter Mark Seagraves. Photo from R&R.

WTOP celebrated a 40th anniversary Tuesday with a party at the Newseum. It’s the top-rated radio station in the DC market.

In attendance: WTOP’s Mike McMearty, Mike Gartell, CBS Radio’s Harvey Nagler, Jim Bohannon, Dave McConnell, NPR’s Ann Taylor, and Bob Madigan, who served as the evening’s emcee.

The guest list wasn’t as star-studded with DC media types as WTOP as planned. R&R reports: “The President had the audacity to call a news conference tonight,” said a top network news executive who was only half joking.

DC Mayor Adrian Fenty, who declared Tuesday “WTOP Day” also made an appearance.