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Legendary News Anchor Chuck Scarborough to be Honored at Symposium

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Chuck Scarborough

The sole 2013 inductee into the Southern Mississippi Mass Communication and Journalism Hall of Fame is an Emmy-winning alumnus who for nearly 40 years has been among the most prominent local television journalists in the largest media market in the United States.

The School of Mass Communication and Journalism’s annual symposium, titled “A Legend Comes Home:  Honoring Chuck Scarborough” will be held for the first time in conjunction with the university’s Homecoming activities.

Scarborough, who is in his 39th year as news anchor for WNBC-TV in New York, will be inducted into the School of Mass Communication and Journalism Hall of Fame during the symposium’s luncheon Thursday, Oct 24 in the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg Campus.

“We’re absolutely thrilled that Chuck is returning to campus,” said Chris Campbell, director of the school.  “He’s among the university’s most accomplished graduates.”

During his remarkable career, Scarborough has reported on topics across the globe, reporting from Europe, Russia, the Middle East, the Philippines, Mexico and South America.

A native of Pittsburgh, Scarborough served four years in the U.S. Air Force before beginning his television career at WLOX-TV in Biloxi. From 1968 through 1969, while earning his bachelor’s degree in radio and TV at USM, he worked for WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg as a reporter and anchor. 

From 1969 to 1972, he worked at WAGA-TV in Atlanta, where he served as managing editor of the station’s newscasts, supervising and coordinating all news production in addition to his duties as a reporter and anchor.  From 1972 until he joined WNBC in 1974, Scarborough worked as an anchor and reporter at WNAC-TV in Boston.

Among his numerous honors are 33 Emmy Awards in virtually every category of broadcast journalism.  Scarborough won a special Emmy for his coverage of the September 11th terror attacks in New York, as well as Emmy Awards for his investigative reports on airport security, criminal justice and building safety. He also recently won a National Murrow Award for coverage of the impact of Hurricane Sandy.

“He’s had an extraordinary career and has defied all the odds by holding down one job for 40 years in an industry where four or five years is considered a lifetime,” said Campbell.  “That’s a tribute to his talent, his work ethic and his impeccable credentials as a journalist.”

The symposium will include a free, public appearance by Scarborough at 9:30 a.m. in Cochran Center Ballroom I.  He’ll be joined by WDAM anchors Randy Swan and Karrie Leggett-Brown, both Southern Miss alumni, for “A Conversation with Chuck Scarborough.”

Alumnus David Sheffield, film and television writer and 2008 inductee into the school’s hall of fame, will deliver the luncheon’s keynote remarks.  The two men worked together at WDAM-TV while students at Southern Miss and later at NBC in New York – Scarborough at WNBC and Sheffield at “Saturday Night Live.”

Tickets to the luncheon are $50 and available by calling the School of Mass Communication and Journalism at 601.266.4196. Proceeds will benefit the school’s scholarship and building funds. For more information or luncheon tickets, contact Mandy Nace at Amanda.tilley@usm.edu or 601.266.4196.