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Al Primo, Man Who Created Eyewitness News, Wins Mark Twain Award

Al Primo, who FishbowlNY profiled in March, was the man responsible for creating the Eyewitness News format, first in Philadelphia, then at WABC/Channel 7 in 1968.

Last week, Primo got the latest of his career achievements–the Mark Twain Award for Distinguished Journalism from the Connecticut Press Club.

“It’s always a special honor to be recognized by fellow journalists,” Primo tells FishbowlNY.

As part of his speech May 10 at the Norwalk Shore and Country Club, Primo gave a Top 10 list for making it in the business.

Here’s a portion of the list:

  1. Humility…It’s not just all about you
  2. Remember the people who got you to the top
  3. Youth has no fear…stay young

Today, Primo runs Teen Kids News, syndicated through the country, including Fox 5/WNYW and Long Island’s WLNY.

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