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  • Bob Schieffer: 2016 ‘makes me think, man, I wish I hadn’t retired’

    Bob Schieffer, the former host of "Face the Nation," accepted the Poynter Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Friday night.

    Bob Schieffer, the former host of “Face the Nation,” accepted the Poynter Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Friday night.

    The 2016 presidential contest is shaping up to be one of the most unusual elections that former “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer has ever seen.

    “I’ve always said that every election is different,” Schieffer said wryly. “And this is the most different election I’ve been a part of.”

    Schieffer, who announced his retirement from “Face the Nation” in April after a 46-year career at CBS News, offered remarks upon receiving the Poynter Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism. Schieffer was introduced by WTSP 10′s Dion Lim at Poynter’s Bow Tie Ball, the inaugural fundraising gala marking Poynter’s 40th anniversary.

    Schieffer sat down to talk with CBS’ Margaret Brennan, who asked Schieffer about the upcoming presidential election. Read more

  • This week on Medium: ‘Don’t focus on the big names’ and other tips for young journalists

    If you checked Medium’s journalism tag this week, you may have noticed an assortment of old “Golden Girls” episodes. There were also good pieces on journalism. Here are a few, in case you missed them.

    What I wish I’d known when I was starting out as a journalist

    Sirena Bergman has 15 tips for aspiring journalists. Here’s No. 12:

    Don’t focus on the big names. It’s awesome to work at a big publication that people have heard of and admire, but it’s much harder to evolve as a journalist and learn new skills. Don’t dismiss smaller independent sites where you’ll get the chance to broaden your scope and really understand what you enjoy and what you’re good at.

    Goodbye, comments. Hello, “conversations”

    Pedro Burgos has a look at two trends we’re currently seeing in the business. Read more

  • After more than 40 years on air, WFAA’s Byron Harris is retiring today.


    WFAA Dallas investigative reporter Byron Harris is retiring Friday after more than 40 years on the air.

    While nobody I know of keeps such records, Byron may well be the most honored investigative reporter in local TV news. He won two Peabody Awards, four Edward R. Murrow Awards and six duPont-Columbia batons. For you print folks, the duPont is the Pulitzer of TV. They even judge the contest in the same room as the Pulitzers at Columbia University. I was on the duPont jury that awarded Byron the only gold baton ever awarded to a local TV station. The jury simply felt we had given him so many honors we needed to send a message we really meant – this guy is great.

    WFAA’s summary of his work includes this: “During his time with WFAA, he traveled beyond the United States border to cover wars in Somalia and Iraq. Read more

Rod Wood



Club President: 1976

Rod Wood?s interest in news goes back to when he wrote and published a little neighborhood newspaper while he was still in elementary school in Syracuse.
Part of his interest may have come from his father and mother, who met while they both were employed at the old Syracuse Journal -- although neither was in news.

He says he lost interest in news for a period while he became involved in drama, and even thought about becoming an actor. While in high school, he took part in a Syracuse University Drama Department program and starred in a production of ?Pinnochio.? But, after he graduated from Nottingham High School in 1960, Uncle Sam beckoned and Rod went into the U.S. Army. During his three years of military service, Rod repeatedly tried to get into the Armed Services Radio Network, but couldn?t get the Army to transfer him from his duties in the Military Police.

After his discharge in 1963, Rod applied for a job with WOLF radio in Syracuse and persisted until the station gave him a chance. His broadcasting work -- and especially his voice -- drew the interest of WNDR radio in 1964, and he was offered a job broadcasting news. Three years later, Rod moved from WNDR to WHEN, where he became the radio station?s morning news anchor and then news director in 1974. He also served as backup anchor on WHEN-TV during the nine years he was on James Street.

Rod joined WIXT in 1976 as news anchor, where he has been ever since. He currently co-anchors NewsChannel 9 at noon and at 5:30 and 6 p.m. Each night, he also brings Central New Yorkers a money talk report from Consumer Reports.

He has been on local airwaves doing the news for 38 years. In addition to his broadcasting career, Rod has worked with a number of community organizations, including several volunteer fire departments and the Red Cross.
--Joseph A. Porcello
Last Updated ( Monday, 17 November 2008 01:16 )
"News is the first rough draft of history."
--Philip L. Graham (1915–1963), U.S. newspaper publisher

Wall of Distinction

Joan Vadeboncoeur


Herald American

Joan E. Vadeboncoeur, went to work at The Post-Standard as a reporter immediately after graduating from Sarah Lawrence College. But since she already had several years experience in theater work, she was a natural choice years later when the job of entertainment writer-editor opened at the Herald-Journal.
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