Conference Highlights

San Antonio natives Scott Pelley and John Quiñones to receive RTDNA awards at EIJ19

RTDNA is pleased to award Scott Pelley (above, left) with the 2019 Paul White Award, which recognizes a lifetime of achievement and service to the profession of broadcast and digital journalism. Pelley has been a correspondent on the CBS News program “60 Minutes” since 1999. He served as anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News from 2011-2017 and is the author of a new memoir, "Truth Worth Telling."

RTDNA will also honor ABC News Anchor John Quiñones (above, right) with the 2019 John F. Hogan Award. Named for the founder and first president of RTDNA, the award recognizes an individual’s contributions to the journalism profession and freedom of the press.

They will be presented with these awards on Friday, September 6th during a super session. A reception will follow the presentation and tickets can be purchased for $45.

Scott Pelley is among the most experienced reporters in American journalism. He has been a correspondent for 60 Minutes since 1999. From 2011 to 2017, Pelley also served as Anchor and Managing Editor of The CBS Evening News. In almost 30 years at CBS News, Pelley has covered the major stories of our times and interviewed the news makers who have changed our world.

In 2016, in accepting the Walter Cronkite Award, Pelley said, “I receive too much credit for the work of others. I have never accomplished anything in journalism without photographers, producers and editors. Hundreds of people at CBS News have given me my career, but one person has given me a life, my lovely wife, Jane.”

The Pelleys have been married 36 years and have a son, Reece, and daughter, Blair.

John Quiñones is the anchor of the thought-provoking, topical and insightful, "What Would You Do?" and during his 35 year tenure at ABC News, he has reported extensively for all programs and platforms and served as anchor of "Primetime." He has won seven Emmy Awards, a World Hunger Media Award and a Robert F. Kennedy Prize.

While Quiñones was covering the Chilean miners' disaster in 2010, he was the first journalist out of thousands to get an exclusive interview with the first survivor (Mario Sepulveda). Quiñones has extensively covered a religious sect in Northern Arizona that forces its young female members to take part in polygamous marriages.

Quiñones joined ABC News in June 1982 after serving as a reporter with WBBM-TV, a news editor at KTRH radio and an anchor-reporter for KPRC-TV.


San Antonio Boat Tour

Thursday, Sept. 5, 10 a.m. • $5   Purchase tickets on EIJ registration form

GO RIO’s San Antonio Riverwalk boat tour connects you to the city’s timeless charm! Our enthusiastic, knowledgeable boat captains will share fascinating stories about the city’s culture, history and architecture during your 35-minute tour along the San Antonio River.


Alamo Tour

Thursday, Sept. 5, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. • $20   Purchase tickets on EIJ registration form

In its 300 years, the Alamo has shaped the city of San Antonio, ignited the battle for Texas independence, and influenced American history.

Guided by Alamo History Interpreters, this 1-hour guided tour explores the heroes and events that have made the story of the Alamo captivating for generations of Texans and visitors. The tour takes you through the area that was the original footprint of the Spanish mission complex, today Alamo Plaza, describing the events leading up to and including the Battle of the Alamo. The tour then concludes inside the Alamo Church.


Annie E. Casey Foundation EIJ19 Video Contest

This video contest seeks to highlight communities around the country, using data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT® Data Center and your reporting skills, to tell us stories that underscore the challenges and opportunities that lie on the road to ensuring brighter futures for all children and families.

$1,500 in prizes will be awarded ($1,000 in the professional category, $500 in the student category)!

Get all the details and submit your entry here.


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