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FAST CHAT TOPIC: America’s Growing Need for Public Service & Volunteerism

Rita Cosby, who anchored highly rated primetime shows on Fox News Channel and MSNBC, is one of the most recognizable and respected broadcasters in America. The multiple Emmy-winning journalist has secured exclusive interviews with more than 20 world leaders, including six U.S. Presidents, and was the first American journalist to interview Pope Francis at the Vatican about his historic Mideast Peace Summit. Throughout her distinguished career, she has reported on the biggest national and international stories, as well as having a passionate and unwavering commitment to service.
Cosby has been deeply involved in helping dozens of charitable causes, and has hosted some of the most significant service-oriented TV broadcasts, including “Mississippi Rising – The Concert in Support of the Hurricane Katrina Recovery Efforts” and “The National Memorial Day Parade” televised around the world.  Among her many other accolades, October 11, 2010, was officially named “Rita Cosby Day” in the State of New York. Last year, she was recognized at the White House, honored at New York City Hall and presented with one of Poland’s highest civilian honors, the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit, at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw.
Cosby is now also leading Long Island University’s prestigious Global Service Institute, a role which is an extension of her life’s work and heroic family history. Cosby said, “As the daughter of a prisoner-of-war who was saved by U.S. troops, I have always deeply appreciated those who serve and the importance of giving back to others.”  Her best-selling book, Quiet Hero, details her father’s harrowing journey to freedom during WWII. In 2017, she received the “Outstanding Public Service Award” at the Fair Media Council’s Folio Awards in Long Island. 

FAST CHAT TOPIC: How the media covered the election

Brian Lehrer is host of The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC Radio’s daily call-in program, covering politics and life, locally and globally. The live show airs weekdays from 10am-noon on WNYC 93.9 FM, AM 820 and Brian is also the show host of Impeachment: A Daily Podcast.

The New York Times has called Lehrer a “master interviewer.” David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, says Lehrer is “the equivalent of Lebron James or Steph Curry in the interviewing game.” New York Magazine put him on its “dream dinner party guest list.” The Brian Lehrer Show was recognized with a 2007 George Foster Peabody Award for “Radio That Builds Community Rather Than Divides.”

credit: Brian Lehrer photo by Marco Antonio

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