NAB Show Opening

NAB Show Opening

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Join us as NAB President and CEO Gordon H. Smith kicks off the 2018 NAB Show.  

Join us for the opening session for the 2018 NAB Show, which will feature the presentation of the Distinguished Service Award to Robin Roberts, opening remarks by Dan May, President of Blackmagic Design, and the Opening Keynote and State of the Industry address by Gordon Smith, President and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters. The Opening will also feature Kevin Beggs, Chairman of Lionsgate Television Group, and Jordan Wertlieb, President of Hearst Television, for a Keynote Conversation discussing the future of storytelling in dynamic environments with limitless opportunity.

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NAB Show Opening

A 2018 Special Event

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2018 Award Recipients

Robin Roberts

Co-Anchor ABC's "Good Morning America"

Co-anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America” Robin Roberts will receive the NAB Distinguished Service Award (DSA)during the 2018 NAB Show in Las Vegas. 

Roberts began contributing to “Good Morning America” in June 1995 and was named co-anchor in May 2005. Prior to that, she appeared on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” and “NFL PrimeTime.” Additionally, Roberts heads her own production company, Rock'n Robin Productions, which creates original broadcast and digital programming for ABC and other networks.

Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2007, and five years later, she was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). Upon her diagnosis, she joined forces with the national marrow donor program, Be the Match, to inform the public about the need for more donors. The registry has seen a tremendous increase since Roberts began her advocacy.

Roberts has been recognized with awards and honors from organizations around the country, including The Susan G. Komen Foundation and The Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program. She was also honored with a George Foster Peabody Award and Gracie Award. Additionally, Roberts was recognized with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY’s in July 2013.

Roberts is the author of “From the Heart: 7 Rules to Live By” and her memoir, “Everybody’s Got Something,” in which she tells the story of her battle against a life-threatening illness, learning life’s hardest lessons, and her inspiring return to broadcast television.

Distinguished Service Award

Presented at the NAB Show Opening

Each year the NAB Distinguished Service Awards (DSA) recognizes broadcasters who have made significant and lasting contributions to the broadcasting industry. 

Past recipients include Bob Schieffer, Eddie Fritts, Mary Tyler Moore, President Reagan, Edward R. Murrow, Bob Hope, Walter Cronkite, Oprah Winfrey and Charles Osgood, among others.

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