OSWEGO, NY – Distinguished television news veteran Garrick Utley will be the guest speaker at the 40th anniversary celebration of the Professional Journalists and Communications of Oswego County (PJC).
Members of PJC will celebrate the organization’s milestone anniversary on October 22 beginning at 6 p.m. at Vona’s Restaurant.
Utley began his career with NBC News in Brussels in 1963.
In the mid-1960s, he covered the American entry into the Vietnam War and then served as NBC’s correspondent in Berlin, Paris and London.
Utley served as weekend anchor during much of the 1970s, and frequently substituted for John Chancellor during that decade and for Tom Brokaw in the 1980s on NBC Nightly News.
In the 1980s, Utley was also the network’s chief foreign correspondent and was based at NBC’s New York City headquarters.
Utley also served as anchor of the weekend editions of NBC Nightly News (1971-1973 and 1988-1993).
In addition, he was the host of several network magazine programs, the Sunday edition of “Today” and the moderator of “Meet the Press.”
Utley worked for NBC News for approximately 30 years before moving to ABC.
He was later employed by CNN, where he worked until 2002.
He co-anchored CNN’s coverage of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Earlier this year, SUNY Oswego named Utley as senior fellow and professor of broadcasting and journalism in the college’s School of Communication, Media and the Arts.
Utley will teach and hold seminars in the communication studies department in a variety of topical areas related to contemporary journalism, modern media and globalization. In addition to teaching, Utley will continue to serve as the director of New York in the World, an initiative of the SUNY Levin Institute that focuses on the competitiveness of New York in today’s global economy.
Before joining Oswego’s communication studies faculty, Utley served as founding president of the SUNY’s Levin Institute from 2003 to 2011.
PJC was formerly known as the Oswego County Press Club and was founded on October 4, 1972.
Throughout its history, the club has played a key role in the community; providing college scholarships, hosting candidate forums, as well as offering a speaker’s bureau and public relations seminars to the community.
The 40th anniversary celebration begins with cocktails at 6 p.m., with a buffet dinner served at 7 p.m. followed by the guest speaker.
The cost of the dinner is $25 and checks should be made out to the Professional Journalists and Communicators of Oswego County and mailed to PO Box 3002 in Oswego.
High school and college students who wish to attend can enjoy the evening at a cost of $15.
Reservations are due by October 15.
Anyone with questions regarding the dinner, should contact Marion Ciciarelli at 349-5601 or at [email protected]
The planning committee encourages anyone with ties to the media or public relations to attend the anniversary celebration.