MCCJ awarded the Hank Meyer Headliner Award to Chuck Todd, NBC News political director as well as moderator and managing editor of Meet the Press, during a breakfast on Wednesday, May 13.
The breakfast, which took place at Jungle Island, was emceed by Miami’s NBC6 anchor Jackie Nespral and chaired by Sherry M. Tropin and Khurrum Wahid. The Hank Meyers Award traditionally has gone to journalists who mirror MCCJ’s mission of creating an inclusive community. Walter Cronkite was the first recipient of this award, and since then, Dan Rather, Barbara Walters, Tom Brokaw, Leonard Pitts Jr. and ABC’s John Quiñones have received this honor.
A native of Miami, Todd is a selfdescribed political junkie who has earned a reputation as one of the most passionate journalists and sharpest analysts in American media. Upon his appointment to Meet the Press, influencers and competitors praised him as “a tireless reporter” with “an encyclopedic knowledge of politics” and the ability to “break down barriers and get people off their talking points.”
After the breakfast, Todd took pictures with some of the MetroTown students who were there representing several South Florida high schools. He also signed copies of his book, The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House.
MCCJ was founded in Miami in 1935 as the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews. It creates a safe haven for dialog, trains inclusive leaders and promotes understanding for all faiths, races and cultures through education, advocacy and conflict resolution. It hosts the oldest interfaith clergy dialog in the United States and presents prejudice reducing programs in local high schools, among other activities.
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