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September 11, 2020

CBS News President Susan Zirinsky to accept 2020 National Press Club Fourth Estate Award at November 18 Gala.

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Photo: CBS News President Susan Zirinsky to accept 2020 National Press Club Fourth Estate Award at November 18 Gala.

WASHINGTON, September 10, 2020 — Susan Zirinsky, president and senior executive producer of CBS News, will receive the National Press Club’s most esteemed prize, the Fourth Estate Award, at a Press Club gala in her honor on November 18, 2020, in Washington, D.C.

Zirinsky is the 48th recipient of the award, which recognizes journalists who have made significant contributions to the field.

“Susan Zirinsky is the personification of journalistic perseverance, tenacity, and integrity,” said National Press Club President Michael Freedman. “Like the best of those before her at the network of Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite, Susan leads by example, displaying the courage of her convictions and making a positive difference - at CBS News and throughout the profession. She is a role model for women and everyone who is dedicated to journalistic ethics and excellence. We are proud to honor her achievements - and that’s the way it is!”

The Fourth Estate Award is the top honor bestowed on a journalist by the National Press Club Board of Governors. The first recipient was Walter Cronkite in 1973. Other previous winners include Amanda Bennett, Marty Baron, Dean Baquet, Wolf Blitzer, Gwen Ifill, Marvin Kalb, Andrea Mitchell, Bob Woodward, Jim Lehrer, Christiane Amanpour, and David Broder. The gala dinner is a fundraiser for the Club’s nonprofit affiliate, the National Press Club Journalism Institute, which promotes an engaged global citizenry through an independent and free press, and equips journalists with skills and standards to inform the public in ways that inspire civic engagement.

Susan Zirinsky began her career in 1972 as a part-time desk assistant in the CBS News Washington bureau two weeks after the Watergate break-in. Still completing her undergraduate degree at American University at the time, she was surrounded by the legendary CBS News reporting team led by Walter Cronkite that dominated Watergate coverage on television.

Quickly rising through the ranks, Zirinsky became an associate producer for “The CBS Morning News” and then a producer on “The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite.” In that role, she became a White House producer and spent a decade covering the Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan presidencies. She traveled with them throughout the world, where she produced reports with Lesley Stahl, Ed Bradley, Bob Schieffer, and Bill Plante for various broadcasts. She was promoted in 1987 to a senior producer for the “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather” in Washington.

In a celebrated career spanning four decades, Zirinsky has produced a wide variety of award-winning documentaries and programs. She covered a range of historical stories, from the Gulf War to the student uprising in Tiananmen Square, from the White House for ten years to the 9/11 attacks, and from the Paris terrorist attacks to the mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla. School. Her work has garnered many of journalism’s top honors, including multiple Emmys, the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award, and the George Foster Peabody Award.

Zirinsky took the helm of CBS News as President and Senior Executive Producer on March 1, 2019. In her first nine months on the job, Zirinsky oversaw an overhaul of the news division, including the launch of “The CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell,” and the move of the broadcast to Washington, D.C.

Founded in 1908, the National Press Club is the World’s Leading Professional Organization for Journalists™. Located three blocks from the White House, the Club represents more than 3,000 reporters, editors, and communicators worldwide.

Source: National Press Club


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