Vassar College Trustee Paula Madison '74, the Executive Vice President of Diversity for NBC Universal, has been awarded the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism by the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism. Madison is one of ten recipients of the 2007 medal, a top industry honor given annually since 1930 by the world's first school of journalism (http://journalism.missouri.edu/honor-medal/).
Madison is the first senior executive in NBC Universal's history to hold a position solely devoted to diversity. Among her roles, Madison serves as the liaison between the company and key national and local leaders, and as the company's diversity spokesperson. Beginning in November 2000, Madison had been president and general manager of KNBC-TV in Los Angeles, and was the first African-American woman to hold such a position in a top-five market. Earlier, she was vice president and news director of WNBC-TV in New York City.
When she was recently selected a Vassar College Innovator, we wrote "When Paula Madison '74 took over as president and general manager of KNBC-TV in Los Angeles, she made a major policy decision: no more car chases. KNBC would no longer routinely scramble helicopters to cover highway police pursuits, the junk-food staple of West Coast news. Instead, Madison's station would begin covering more community interest stories, from local political and environmental issues to cultural events and health alerts (read more at http://innovators.vassar.edu/innovator.html?id=32).
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