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Ed Gordon to deliver Commencement address

Published date: April 18, 2013

Ed GordonRenowned journalist Ed Gordon will deliver the keynote address at Virginia State University's Spring Commencement on Sunday, May 12. The ceremony will be held at the Richmond Coliseum, beginning at  9 a.m.

Hard hitting, inspiring, intelligent, honest, and direct. These are some of the words used to describe the style and approach of Emmy award winning broadcaster Ed Gordon.  Known for his stellar interaction with newsmakers from the worlds of politics, entertainment, and sports his name is synonymous with the “big” interview. Gordon’s knack for landing exclusives and his no-nonsense style make him one of television’s most respected journalists. Gordon will lead BET’s coverage of the important 2012 Presidential election. Gordon will provide analysis and reporting on the race between incumbent Barack Obama against Republican Mitt Romney. 

Gordon is also the host of the nationally syndicated radio program WEEKend WITH ED GORDON. The 2-hour program is a mix of talk, information, entertainment and music. It’s been called “a fun, smart radio show for grown folks.”  The list of impressive positions Gordon has held over the years, includes contributing correspondent for the CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes II and contributor for NBC’s Today Show and Dateline. His diverse style also makes him one of the most versatile people in broadcasting. He also hosted News and Notes with Ed Gordon, which aired on National Public Radio and the nationally syndicated television program, Our World and Weekly with Ed Gordon, a fast-paced roundtable talk show that highlighted the week’s most important stories from politics to pop culture on BET.  

Gordon distinguished himself during two stints at BET. He had many roles at the network including host of BET Tonight, anchor of BET News, and creator of his signature one-on-one series Conversation with Ed Gordon. Over the years, Gordon has covered many of the world’s most defining events. From the historic 2008 United States Presidential election to the freedom of South Africa’s Nelson Mandela to the beating of Rodney King to upheaval in Haiti and Cuba. He’s also provided comprehensive coverage and up-to-the-minute reports on many other domestic and international affairs, including the tragic September 11th attack on America.

Gordon’s impressive portfolio also includes conversations with newsmakers the likes of Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, television mogul Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce’, Academy Award winners Jamie Foxx and Halle Berry, as well as Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan, comedian Steve Harvey and The King of Pop, Michael Jackson and among others.

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His 3-year period at NBC was just as impressive.  A contributor to the Today Show and Dateline NBC, Ed Gordon brought viewers face-to-face with many controversial figures, bringing their stories to light. Most notably was his exclusive interview with Autumn Jackson who unsuccessfully waged an explosive patrimony suit against comedian Bill Cosby.

Gordon also covered many of the day’s top stories at NBC’s sister cable network MSNBC. He won praise for his coverage of breaking news events including the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal and the crash of Swiss Air flight 111. Gordon started his broadcasting career in the early 1980’s at the PBS affiliate in Detroit.

Gordon is the creator of “Daddy’s Promise” an initiative that encourages fathers to become deeply involved in the lives of their daughters.  The project was born after he wrote a story for Essence magazine (December 2006) describing the close relationship he shares with his daughter, Taylor. The article was so popular it moved the journalist to create this national movement. Gordon and the initiative have been included in fatherhood summits with President Obama at the White House.

In addition to an Emmy, Gordon is the recipient of many other awards recognizing his talent and professionalism. His awards include the NAACP Image Award, as well as the prestigious Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalists. He has also been featured in many national newspapers and periodicals. The Los Angeles Times described Mr. Gordon and his interviewing style, as “forthright and commanding” Gordon is an alumnus of a special list, PEOPLE magazine named him one of its 50 most beautiful people.

Gordon is also president of Ed Gordon Media, a multi-service production company. The Detroit-born Gordon earned his bachelor’s degree in Communications and Political Science from Western Michigan University.

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