Thursday, June 16, 2011
Established in 2010 by KPBS General Manager, Tom Karlo, the KPBS Hall of Fame serves to honor extraordinary individuals and families who have contributed to KPBS’ success.
The KPBS Hall of Fame consists of two designations: Lifetime Achievement and Visionaries. Lifetime Achievement inductees are former staff whose pioneering work set new standards for public media. The Visionaries category honors extraordinary individuals and families who have made financial gifts to KPBS, providing a vital means to further the mission.
This year, KPBS is proud to distinguish Gloria Penner with the 2011 Hall of Fame-Lifetime Achievement award. Ms. Penner continues to work at KPBS as the host of "Midday Edition's" Roundtable show every Friday at noon. During her 42 years at KPBS, Gloria has worn several hats, demonstrating her ability to adapt to the changing needs of the station and advances in technology. She has worked as Writer/Editor for KPBS’ On-Air Magazine as well as writer, producer, host, political correspondent, public affairs director and blogger. She headed up KPBS TV’s program production unit and hosted KPBS Radio’s "These Days" (now named "KPBS Midday Edition") from 1995-1999. She is probably best known for her election coverage, having moderated scores of town hall meetings, debates and forums for KPBS radio and TV as well as the League of Women Voters.
Gloria is one of the most celebrated and honored journalists at KPBS. She has earned seven Emmys, five Golden Mikes, two Gracies, the Harold Keen Award from the San Diego Press Club, the John Swett Award from the California Teachers Association, the Living Legacy Award from Women’s International Center, and numerous awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the San Diego Bar Association.
In the Visionary category, KPBS honors Ms. Danah Fayman and Carol and Dick Hertzberg for their extraordinary gifts. Ms. Fayman’s support of KPBS has enabled the station to expand our local news coverage with funding for metro reporting. Carol and Dick Hertzberg have provided major funding for vital upgrades to KPBS’ television broadcast center. In addition, the Hertzbergs are champions of public radio, providing major funding for local, national and international news from NPR as well as original content from KPBS, including our environmental coverage.
Congratulations to the 2011 KPBS Hall of Fame honorees!
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