RTDNF will hold the 2014 First Amendment Awards Dinner on Wednesday, March 12 at the Grand Hyatt, 1000 H Street NW in Washington, DC. Among the honorees will be:
First Amendment Service Award: Robin Sproul, ABC News
This award honors professionals in local or network news who work in an off-air, management, largely behind-the-scenes capacity.
Robin Sproul has been vice president and Washington bureau chief for ABC News since March 1993. She is responsible for the editorial supervision and management of the network’s largest bureau, oversees news coverage of all Washington beats and stories, and serves as the network's liaison to the federal government on news policy matters. She served as director and vice president of Washington news coverage from 1992-1993.
Ms. Sproul joined ABC News in 1981 as Washington bureau chief for ABC News Radio, a position she held until 1992. During her years as radio bureau chief, she produced live coverage of national political conventions, as well as election night analysis for national elections. She was executive producer of presidential radio addresses, news conferences and inaugurations. In addition Ms. Sproul served as producer of U.S. radio coverage of military operations, including missions in the Persian Gulf, Panama and Libya. Ms. Sproul began her career as news assignment manager at WMAL-Radio in Washington, DC in 1976.
During her career Ms. Sproul has earned numerous broadcasting honors. She was part of the ABC News team to win an Emmy for coverage of the inauguration of Barack Obama. She was also part of the ABC team to win the George Foster Peabody, duPont, Emmy and Sigma Delta Chi Awards for coverage of the events of September 11th, 2001. In addition, she won the George Foster Peabody Award in 1987 for her work as executive producer of ABC Radio coverage of the U.S. Navy escort mission in the Persian Gulf. She has also received the Ohio State Award and the Associated Press Outstanding News Operation Award.
In 2011, Ms. Sproul was a Sulzberger fellow at Columbia University. In 2007, she was a fellow in residence at Harvard Kennedy School’s Joan Shorenstein Center, writing a research paper on exit polling. She is currently a member of the Gridiron Club, serving as treasurer, and also writing and producing musical skits for the annual Gridiron show.
A former member of the advisory board of the Newseum and the Board of Trustees of the Radio-Television News Directors Foundation, Ms. Sproul also served on the board of the National Press Foundation from 1996 until 2004. From 1998-2000 she was vice chairman of the NPF board, and from 2000-02 she chaired the board. From 2002-2004, she was on the executive committee.
Ms. Sproul is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, where she had a double major in bacteriology and English..
Other honorees include Gannett's Dave Lougee, NBC's Lester Holt, the Associated Press and CBS' Bill Plante. All will be profiled on rtdna.org in the coming weeks. To order your tickets or to sponsor the event, please click on the links below: