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National CBS Radio News Reporter, Donna Francavilla won a total of 7 broadcast and journalism awards from Alabama Media Professionals on May 10, 2012, primarily for her work in covering the killer April 27th tornadoes. The founder of Frankly Speaking Communications, LLC., picked up 4 First Place Awards for Radio Broadcasting: Prepared Report, On-The-Scene Spot Report, Best Presentation, Audiovisuals-Still Illustration and Multi-Image Slides and 2 Third Place awards for her Radio submission, Personal Column On The Air and for News Article Written Specifically for the Web. AMP even gave Francavilla a “Sweepstakes Award” for winning top awards in various categories. Since 1981, Donna Francavilla has worked in the broadcasting industry as a talk show host, news director, field producer, news anchor and program director. A former NBC 13 reporter, Francavilla has covered stories for CBS Radio News for the past 13 years.

Charlie Rose accepts RTDNA’s Paul White Award

Charlie Rose accepts RTDNA's Paul White Award

Charlie Rose accepts RTDNA’s Paul White Award

Charlie Rose accepts RTDNA's Paul White Award

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By Donna Francavilla, RTDNA News

Charlie Rose, co-host of CBS This Morning and host of the PBS interview show Charlie Rose, said of the profession, “It’s a noble calling.“
In a one-on-one interview RTDNA, Rose was asked what he considered to be his best interview. He said the question was impossible to answer because, “What’s been great about my journey is that it’s about news. It’s about science. It’s about culture. It’s about sports and entertainment. It’s a range of human endeavor.”

Rose was chosen to receive RTDNA’s prestigious Paul White Award at EIJ16 in New Orleans for his significant contributions to broadcast journalism. He told the audience, “I know of no better place to seek the truth.”

Fortune Magazine said Charlie Rose has the most earnest, essential public-affairs show on the air right now. Of his show, Rose said, “What really makes a difference? Is there real engagement? Does someone look within themselves to tell you something you haven’t heard before.”
Rose summarized his 40-year career in journalism by saying it’s been “an amazing road for me. And he advised young journalists to pursue their chosen profession with great energy and hard work. He admitted that anyone who has been successful receives accolades because they work harder than anyone else. He offered this advice about the power of good writing, which impressed the crowd in the ballroom at the Sheraton New Orelans:  “One word can sum up a thousand pictures; one word can turn a good sentence into a great sentence.”

The Paul White Award is RTDNA’s highest honor and recognizes an individual’s lifetime contributions to electronic journalism.

Amy Tardif, RTDNF Foundation Chair told the collection of journalists present that in the world of broadcast news Charlie Rose is unique.  “At PBS, he raises all of his own underwriting. (That’s public TV lingo for advertising.) Tardif said that although he told Fortune magazine he relishes what this means for his independence, especially when it comes to choosing guests, Charlie Rose says it can be a source of frustration.” Tardif noted that when Charlie Rose gave the commencement speech at the University of the South in Tennessee this spring, the told graduates to “be crazy, be humble and dream big.”
Time magazine named him among the 100 most influential people in the world. He was named the recipient of the Walter Cronkite Excellence in Journalism Award last year. Charlie Rose told the group, “I believe in the power of questions.”

We asked Rose to name the biggest or best interview of his career, and he said it was an impossible question to answer: