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Happy Anniversary Scott Pelley

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SCOTT PELLEY PHOTOIt was exactly two years ago, June 6, 2011, when veteran  reporter and “60 Minutes” correspondent Scott Pelley slipped into the anchor seat on CBS Evening News, succeeding Katie Couric. Two years later, the Connecticut resident has enjoyed much success in that role, generating a larger viewership and positive reviews.

The 55-year-old award-winning journalist, who recently received Quinnipiac University’s prestigious Fred Friendly Award, is also the managing editor of the CBS Evening News and is a correspondent for the network’s news magazine, “60 Minutes.” The former CBS news chief White House correspondent and married father of two, Spilled the Beans with Java before his “anchor anniversary” celebration officially got underway.

Q: It’s been two years since you took over the anchor chair on the CBS Evening News. Does it seem like yesterday or 100 years ago?

A: It seems like yesterday, it really does. Can’t believe we have hit the second anniversary of this evening news and I can’t believe how the audience is responding. I am not sure how good I am but am surrounded by good people. As the anchor, you always get way too much credit for the works of others and they are the ones that make the broadcast what it is. I am surprised that we have covered so much ground in the past two years.

Q: As you celebrate the second anniversary of you taking the anchor seat, the new ratings show Evening News is attracting a wider audience that includes a younger demographic. What’s the secret to your success and is it possible that young people can be lured to tv news in these days of Twitter and Facebook?

A: I am a firm believer that what guides people, men or women or young or old, to a newscast is whether there are well-told stories. People want to know about the world around them and the way to do that is through a story well-told. We spend an enormous amount of effort on storytelling. We use the 60 Minutes style to tell a story. We take time on the air to explain and don’t assume that the audience knows the background of a story. For instance, we don’t assume that our viewers know the 75 year history of the Middle East so we explain as we deliver the news. People do care about the world and we try to deliver what is happening in a clean and concise way. Americans are curious people. They want to know.

Q: What is “60 Minutes” style?

A: The news is delivered as more of a narrative, or as much as you can when you are doing an evening broadcast and trying to cover the 12 most important stories of the day. Again, clear, concise, fair, honest, easy to understand and told by the characters involved in the story. They are the ones who can tell the story best. In this day of social media and blogs, never before has there been so much information available, but with that so much bad information. People are looking for a brand name they trust when it comes to getting the news. There is a lot of sketchy information on the internet and elsewhere. I want my news from a reliable place.

Q: Will there be a party for this second year anniversary?

A: We will be having an ice cream sundae party on Friday for everyone at the headquarters and then a number of other little parties to celebrate.

Q: What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

A: Chocolate

Q: Is that anchor chair where you want to be for the rest of your career?

A: I am doing what I dreamed of from the age of 15 when I first started working as a copy boy. I wanted to be a tv anchor but never expected this. It’s too wild of a dream. Being an anchor combined with being one of the correspondents on “60 Minutes” is exactly where I want to be.

Q: You live in Darien. What’s the best part of living in Connecticut?

A: We love Long Island Sound and love to sail there. Sailing is a liberating and mind-expanding experience. We moved here about six years ago and we have met the best friends of our lives.

It was a state we knew nothing about but were attracted by its beauty and people. We haven’t been disappointed.

Q: Here in Connecticut, in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings, the legislature has enacted a controversial bill that, among other provisions, blocks release of photos and videos of homicide victims. It’s a law that critics say compromises our Freedom of Information Act. Your thoughts?

A: I am a free flow of information guy but can understand the motivation. It’s not the first time I have run into this. There were the photographs that former Defense Secretary Robert Gates wanted blocked. And that was a lot worse and there was a lot more pressure to get those released under FOIA. Congress passed special legislation. And the president signed it.  The rationale was that it would be harmful to forces overseas if the photos of detainee abuse were released. That was a much more tenuous kind of rationale than protecting the feelings of the parents in Sandy Hook.

Q: Any last thoughts on your anniversary?

A: I just want to emphasize that the CBS Evening News is the work of hundreds of people even though it’s my name on the broadcast. That includes people who risk their lives to deliver the stories.

Spring Has Sprung…Get Out There Hartford!

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]So many choices, so little time is the mantra for this weekend. Not only is it Mother’s Day Sunday but also a weekend of choices when it comes to theater, galas, food events and awards.

 It all starts Thursday at the Hartford Hilton where singer and tv personality Vikki Carr will be the featured guest at the 10th annual “Latinas & Power Symposium.”

More than 500 Latinas are expected at the lunch and business expo that includes seminars and networking. Information: emsbusiness.com

lipitonesAlso on Thursday, The Goodspeed’s Norma Terris Theatre opens its first production of the season,  “The Lipitones ” the tale of a “not so traditional barbershop quartet.”  The show, part of Goodspeed’s 50th anniversary celebration,  continues through June 2 at the Chester theater. Information: goodspeed.org

The Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services will hold its 30th anniversary gala Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Governor’s Residence, 990 Prospect Ave., Hartford . First Lady Cathy Malloy will be the host committee chairwoman for the event benefiting the statewide coalition of individual sexual assault crisis programs. Information: connsacs.org 

On Friday from 6 to 9p.m. , head to St. Thomas Seminary, 467 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield, for the “Taste of the World” a benefit for Immaculate Conception Shelter & Housing Corp. Beginning at 6 p.m. the fundraiser will include an international assortment of food, wine and beer tastings and music. Tickets are $75. Information: icshc.org 

scott-pelley[1]Also on Friday, Quinnipiac University will present is 20th Fred Friendly First Amendment Award to CBS evening news anchor and managing editor Scott Pelley at the Metropolitan Club in New York City.

The award is given each year to a person “who has shown courage and forthrightness in preserving the rights set forth in the First Amendment.” The award is named after Fred Friendly, a former CBS News president and champion of freedom of speech. Information: quinnipiac.edu

lundenIt’s Mother’s Day weekend and that means it is “Race In the Park ” day Saturday at Walnut Hill Park in New Britain. It is the 10th anniversary for the 5K race and walk to raise money for breast cancer research, services  and programming. Held rain or shine, the day also feature food, displays and a survivor’s brunch that this year will feature Joan Lunden as the guest speaker. Information: ctraceinthepark.org

Also on Saturday, the JDRF will hold its annual “Promise Ball” at the Connecticut Convention Center. Ball honorees are Stanley Black & Decker CEO John Lundgren and Yale University professor Dr. Kevan C. Herold. Theme for this year’s event is “Building Toward A Cure” with proceeds benefiting  juvenile diabetes research and programming.

Information: jdrfctmapromiseball.org

 stars1[1]Saturday will also be the day for the 14th  annual Mayor’s Charity Ball in West Hartford. Held in a tent on the town hall green, The evening, themed “Lights, Camera,  Hollywood,” will include food, music, and dancing . Beneficiaries of this year’s event are Playhouse on Park and Hopeworks Inc.

Information: themayorscharityball.org



CBS Pelley To Receive QU Fred Friendly Award

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scott-pelley[1]Scott Pelley, anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley has been named the recipient of the 20th annual Fred Friendly First Amendment Award.

Presented each year by Quinnipiac University’s School of Communications, the award will be presented in New York in May.

The award is in memory of the late Fred Friendly, who was president of CBS, an author, director and producer, who played a major role in establishing PBS and was a champion of freedom of speech.

The award-winning Pelley also worked as correspondent for the CBS news magazine 60 Minutes, and was a CBS News’ Chief White House Correspondent.

The school presents the award each year to those “who have shown courage and forthrightness in preserving the rights set forth in the First Amendment.”

Past award winners have included Tom Brokaw, Bill Moyers, Gwen Ifill, Peter Jennings and Ted Koppel.