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MSNBC’s Chris Matthews to receive Lew Klein award


Television news anchor Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s nightly hour of political analysis “Hardball,” will receive the Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award for 2005 and six media professionals who are alumni of the School of Communications and Theater will be inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame at the annual Lew Klein Alumni in the Media Awards ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

The Excellence in the Media Award is presented to a distinguished member of the media outside of the Temple alumni community whose outstanding achievements and commitment to service bring honor to the profession.

The awards event will take place in the Great Court of Mitten Hall at 11:45 a.m.

It is named in honor of Lew Klein, a renowned industry professional who has served as president of Gateway Communications and executive producer of programs such as “American Bandstand.” Founder and president of the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) Educational Foundation, he has been named Broadcaster of the Year by the Broadcast Pioneers’ Philadelphia Chapter, is a recipient of NATPE’s President’s Award and the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters’ Gold Medal. He has been an adjunct professor at Temple for more than five decades and is chair of the School of Communications and Theater’s Board of Visitors.

“This year’s Lew Klein Alumni in the Media Awards honoring the impressive career accomplishments of these distinguished graduates underscore the outstanding education and professional training our programs afford,” said Concetta Stewart, dean of the School of Communications and Theater. “The breadth of their chosen fields is an inspiration to our current and future students.”

Hosting the Oct. 25 awards luncheon ceremony is NBC 10 sports anchor John Clark, a Temple alumnus who joined the local NBC affiliate in 2001.

Matthews, this year’s winner of the Excellence in the Media Award, also hosts “The Chris Matthews Show,” a syndicated weekly news program produced by NBC News, and is a frequent commentator on the NBC’s “Today” show.

He worked as a print journalist for 15 years, 13 of them as Washington bureau chief for The San Francisco Examiner and two years as a syndicated national columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle.

Before that, Matthews spent 15 years in politics and government, working as a presidential speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, in the U.S. Senate on the staffs of Sen. Frank Moss (D-Utah) and Sen. Edmund Muskie (D-Maine) and as the top aide to former Speaker of the House Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill (D-Mass.).

He is the author of four best-selling books, including American: Beyond Our Grandest Notions (2002), a New York Times best seller; Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think (2001); Kennedy & Nixon (1996); and Hardball (1988).

Established through the generosity of H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest and his wife, Marguerite, and the late Walter and Leonore Annenberg through the Annenberg Foundation, the Lew Klein Excellence Award is the highest honor bestowed by the School of Communications and Theater. Klein was the first recipient of the award in 2001.

Other recipients include Roy Shapiro, general manager of KYW Newsradio (2002); film and television actor David Morse (2003); and Joanne Harmelin, founder and chief executive officer of Harmelin Media (2004).

- By Harriet Goodheart

Hall of Fame inductees
The 2005 Lew Klein Alumni in the Media awardees who will be inducted into the School of Communication and Theater Hall of Fame are:
Tom Cardella (1960): columnist, South Philadelphia Review, and radio host of the Philadelphia Eagles pre- and postgame shows, 1985–2003
John Connolly (1979): actor and president of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
Victoria Lim (1991): senior consumer investigative reporter, WFLA-TV, The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune and TBO.com
Shirley Powell (1988): senior vice president for corporate communications, Turner Broadcasting System Inc.
Larry Rosen (1984): senior director of broadcasting and video production, Baltimore Ravens
Gene Shay (1956): folk music producer/host at WXPN-FM and co-founder of the Philadelphia Folk Festival