May 1 Communication Awards to Feature Keynote Address by CBS News Chairman

The eighth Annual Atlantic Cape Community College Communication Awards will feature keynote speaker Jeff Fager, executive producer of “60 Minutes” and former chairman of CBS News.

The event will be held Friday, May 1, at the college and include student-produced videos and performances by “Communication Major of the Year” nominees. Individual students, alumni, faculty and media professionals will be awarded for their work in the field. Radio personality Heather DeLuca of SOJO 104.9 will host the show.

Fager is responsible for re-shaping “60 Minutes” into an editorially more vibrant, news-conscious program that is among the Nielsen’s weekly top 10 television shows since he became executive producer in 2004. His efforts have also translated into a model of successful electronic journalism in the digital age.

Jeff Fager is the keynote speaker at the May 1 Communication Awards.

Jeff Fager is the keynote speaker at the May 1 Communication Awards.

In 2011, Fager became the first chairman of CBS News, where he was tasked with remaking the news division’s platforms on television, radio and the Internet, in the same way he rejuvenated “60 Minutes.” He stepped down in January to resume full-time oversight of “60 Minutes.”

In recognition of these and other achievements, Fager received the 2013 Paul White Award, the highest honor given by the Radio, Television, Digital News Association. The Producers Guild of America voted him best producer in non-fiction television four times; he made “TV Week’s” top 10 list of most powerful television news executives; and “The Hollywood Reporter” named him one of the “35 Most Powerful People in Media” three straight years.

Fager’s 32 years at CBS News include experience at every stage of the electronic news business, starting as a production assistant in Boston in 1977, quickly advancing through the positions of news writer, assignment editor and producer.

For more information about Atlantic Cape’s Communication Awards, contact Assistant Professor Joy Jones at (609) 463-3590 or jjones@atlantic.edu.

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