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The Roy H. Park School of Communications is proud to announce Bill D’Elia ’69 and David E. Kelley as recipients of this year’s Rod Serling Award for Advancing Social Justice through Popular Media. D’Elia and Kelley have collaborated and shared credits on series such as Boston Legal, Harry’s Law, Ally McBeal, and Chicago Hope.

The ceremony will be streamed live on Thursday, December 7, from The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills at approximately 10:30 p.m. EST (7:30 p.m. PST) at If you can’t tune in live, the broadcast will be archived online for later viewing.

Actor William Shatner who has appeared in Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone and in The Practice and Boston Legal will present the award to D’Elia and Kelley. Brian Herzlinger ’97, an award-winning film director who collaborated with both D’Elia and Kelley will serve as master of ceremonies.


About the Award

The Rod Serling Award for Advancing Social Justice through Popular Media honors a contemporary media industry professional whose work shines a light on prejudice, inequality, and evolving social norms. Serling, a writer, producer, teacher, and humanitarian, taught at Ithaca College from 1967 to 1975. The college is home to the Rod Serling Archives, an extensive collection of television scripts, screenplays, stage scripts, films, unpublished works, awards, and other materials.

For more information on the award and this year’s recipients, go to

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