Tony Silvia's Robert Pierpoint: A Life at CBS News
Book Signing, Talk and Reception
Dedee Shattuck Gallery,
1 Partners Lane, Westport, MA, 508-636-4177
This is the first biography of journalist Robert Pierpoint, a contemporary of Edward R. Murrow, hired by him to cover the Korean War for CBS. He went on to cover the White House, through six presidents. In more than 40 years with the network, he covered the Kennedy assassination, Watergate, Nixon's resignation, and the State Department, culminating in memorable reporting for CBS Sunday Morning. He was the winner of two Emmy Awards for investigative reporting and helped shape the careers of many of today's journalists, including Bob Schieffer, Dan Rather, Lesley Stahl, and Diane Sawyer.
Tony Silvia is Professor of Journalism and Media Studies at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg’s Department of Journalism and Media Studies as its Director in January 2006, a position he held until 2009. He joined USFSP from the University of RI, where he had been a faculty member since 1988. In his various roles at URI, he served as chair of the department of journalism and director of the public relations studies program. Dr. Silvia’s professional background is in television news, having worked as a consumer reporter and news anchor at various television stations in local markets and as a correspondent for CNN, based in Atlanta. Dr. Silvia has been honored with three Emmy Award nominations, an Associated Press Award for best documentary, has authored dozens of articles in academic and industry journals, and five books: Student Television in America: Channels of Change (1998), Global News: Perspectives on the Information Age (2001),Baseball Over the Air: The National Pastime on the Radio and in the Imagination(2007), Baseball’s Father and Son Broadcasters, (2009), andPower Performance: Multimedia Storytelling for Journalism and Public Relations (2011). A sixth book, the biography of legendary CBS News correspondent Robert Pierpoint, is scheduled for publication in spring, 2014. Among his other honors, in 1996. Dr. Silvia was awarded a CNN fellowship, in 2003 an “Educator in the Newsroom” fellowship from the Radio-Television News Directors Foundation, and in 2008 was named a fellow of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He is a recipient of three Emmy Award nominations and an Associated Press Award for best radio documentary. He is a regular presenter at national conferences, consults with newsrooms, corporations, and non-profits, and is a frequent contributor to seminars at the Poynter Institute. Dr. Silvia holds both a master’s and doctoral degree from the University of Birmingham, England.
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