Scott Pelley to headline Darien LWV brunch
Scott Pelley, anchor of CBS Evening News, will address "Balanced Reporting in a Biased Media" at the Darien League of Women Voters' brunch at the Country Club of Darien at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 21.
Pelley was named anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News in May 2011. In its first season, "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley" won a Peabody Award.
Pelley has covered everything from breaking national news stories to politics to wars and served as the network's chief White House correspondent. In that role, he was the first to report that President Bill Clinton had been subpoenaed to testify before the grand jury. He also conducted the first interview with President-elect George W. Bush after the controversial 2000 election.
Previously, he was assigned for a year to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, during the Persian Gulf crisis. He covered Baghdad and later broadcast live reports during Iraqi missile attacks on Saudi Arabia. He joined the troops of the XVIII Airborne Corps for combat coverage of the invasion of Iraq and the liberation of Kuwait.
On Sept. 11, 2001, Pelley was among the first reporters to arrive on the scene of the World Trade Center's twin towers in New York City. His award-winning live reports from ground zero and the subsequent search and recovery operations exhibited his ability to provide a deeper understanding of news events.
Pelley has covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and was first to report live from the war zone after the invasion of Iraq and was one of the only reporters who did not embed with the military. Instead, he and his team went alone with two SUVs and, using a satellite dish, reported some of the most powerful stories from that war, including the fight for Umm Qasr and the fall of Basra. Following the invasion, Pelley reported on the uncovering of mass graves in Iraq and the guerrilla war against U.S. forces there.
Pelley and his team's body of work have received an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Silver Baton, three George Foster Peabody awards, 20 national Emmy awards, five Edward R. Murrow awards, a George Polk and a Loeb award, as well as honors from the Society of Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Writers Guild of America. Twenty-one of those awards have been earned for his work over the past five years on "60 Minutes."
Pelley serves on the board of directors of the International Rescue Committee, the refugee relief agency headquartered in New York City. He is co-chairman of the IRC's board of overseers. He was inducted into the Texas Tech University Alumni Hall of Fame and serves on the board of the university's School of Mass Communications.
He was born in San Antonio, Texas, and attended journalism school at Texas Tech University. He and his wife, Jane Boone Pelley, live in Darien and have a son and a daughter.
Tickets are $40. For reservations, checks may be mailed to Kate Larson, 38 Briar Brae Road, Darien CT 06820, or purchased at LWV.Darien.org. The deadline for reservations is Wednesday, April 17. For information, contact Arlene Tulacro at email@example.com.