Beasley Media Group CEO Caroline Beasley was among leading American broadcasting figures and celebrities recognized by the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation for lifetime achievements during the 2023 Giants of Broadcasting and Electronic Arts Luncheon and Awards Ceremony. The annual event took place on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Gotham Hall in New York City.
LABF is a non-profit organization “dedicated to preserving the past, reflecting the present and informing the future of American broadcasting.” It created the Giants of Broadcasting Awards in 2003 “to celebrate the remarkable creators, innovators, leaders, performers and journalists who have blazed trails in the radio and television broadcasting industry.”
To date, LABF has honored more than 255 leaders in broadcasting. Net proceeds from the luncheon support the preservation and expansion of the Library of American Broadcasting collection, curated at the University of Maryland. Considered among the largest of its kind, the Library of American Broadcasting plays a vital role in growing, preserving and providing access to archives highlighting American broadcasting’s profound influence on culture and history worldwide.
This year’s ceremony, produced for LABF by the International Radio and Television Society Foundation, was hosted by 2018 Giant of Broadcasting honoree and CBS News’ 60 Minutes award-winning correspondent Bill Whitaker.
“This event is a celebration of the incredible women and men who have truly blazed trails and made significant contributions on behalf of the media industry and American culture,” said LABF Co-Chairs Heidi Raphael and Jack Goodman.
Beasley’s co-honorees were the following:
- Nina Totenberg, correspondent, Legal Affairs, NPR
- Wolf Blitzer, anchor, The Situation Room, CNN
- Juju Chang, co-anchor, Nightline, ABC News
- Tony Danza, acclaimed actor and singer
- David Kennedy, co-founder and managing director, Aspire Ventures
- Eric Shanks, CEO and executive producer, FOX Sports
- Valari Dobson Staab, chairman, NBCUniversal Local
A portion of the proceeds from the event will also support IRTS Foundation’s student training and diversity initiatives.