Lesley Stahl Calls Being a Giant of Broadcasting ‘Overwhelming’

On Tuesday, 11 media heavyweights were honored as “Giants of Broadcasting.” The event, orchestrated by the Library of American Broadcasting, was held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan.

CBS News veteran correspondent Lesley Stahl and longtime ABC News reporter Sam Donaldson were among the notables on this year’s list.

Stahl told FishbowlNY that it’s a career highlight.

“It’s kind of a little bit overwhelming. But it’s nice, it feels good.”

Making it even nicer for Stahl is getting to share the honor with Donaldson, her former colleague from covering the White House.

Joining Stahl and Donaldson in the 2010 class of “Giants” is trailblazing radio announcer Hal Jackson. Jackson, 94, still hosts a weekly Sunday afternoon show on WBLS. 

  • Legendary Dick Clark is synonymous for American Bandstand and his annual New Year’s Eve show. He didn’t attend the ceremony.
  • Writer Norman Corwin, often referred to as the “Poet Laureate of Radio,” who turned 100 in May, was also unable to attend. 
  • Soap opera pioneer Agnes Nixon was recognized for creating All My Children and One Life to Live.
  • Edward Fritts is the former president of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).

Four others who were awarded posthumously are listed after the jump. 

  • Daniel Schorr, the accomplished CBS, CNN, and NPR newsman, earned “Giant” status. Schorr died in July.
  • Veteran TV and radio host Art Linkletter died in May.
  • Emmy winning actress Rue McClanahan also was honored at Tuesday’s event. Best known for her roles on Golden Girls and Maude, she died in June.
  • David Wolper was a producer/extraordinaire whose career high point came in 1977 when he brought Roots to TV. He died in August.

“A pretty sterling group,” Stahl says of this year’s honorees. “It’s pretty heady.”

Photo credit: Wendy Moger-Bross