The Jessica Savitch Award of Distinction for Excellence in Journalism
This award recognizes broadcasters for their professional excellence and mentoring of future journalists.
This year's recipient:
Bruce Beck '78
The award ceremony was held on March 10, 2017 at the Paley Center for Media in New York City.
About Bruce Beck '78:
Bruce Beck is in his 20th year with NBC 4 New York. He is the station's Lead Sports Anchor. Beck is also the host of NBC 4’s popular Sunday night sports show "Sports Final." Beck is the host and sideline reporter for New York Giants pre-season football.
Beck received a 2011 New York Sports Emmy for his interview with former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand. He also received the 2006 New York Emmy for Outstanding Sports Anchor and was the recipient of a 1999 New York Emmy Award for outstanding On-Camera Achievement in Sports Reporting. Overall, he has received eight New York Sports Emmys, one Mid-Atlantic Sports Emmy, and three national Cable Ace Awards. The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) elected him New York State Sportscaster of the Year six straight times -- from 2007 through 2012. He also received the honor in 2014 and 2015.
The versatile sportscaster has covered a multitude of events for News 4 including five Super Bowls, the World Series, the NBA Finals, the Stanley Cup Finals, the U.S. Open Tennis Championship, the U.S. Open Golf Championship, the NCAA Final Four, the Kentucky Derby and the 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014 and 2016 Olympic Games.
Beck serves as the host of the WNBC Health and Fitness Expo at MetLife Stadium. He was the host of WNBC-TV's coverage of the ING New York City Marathon. He also hosted the Toyota Giants Report with Coach Tom Coughlin, and The Rutgers Report with Coach Greg Schiano. He has hosted and contributed to a number of WNBC-TV specials including the Stanley Cup Final, The Belmont Stakes, the U.S. Open Golf Championship, and "Glory Days," which preceded New York Yankees postseason games. In addition, Beck has hosted the Sun America Sports Desk and the All-State Sports Update for NBC Sports, and served as a sideline reporter for the network's coverage of the NBA and WNBA on NBC.
Beck was a regular contributor to WOR radio’s morning show with John Gambling. In addition, he is the host of the weekly Rutgers University basketball and football shows which air on MSG Network. He currently serves as a blow-by-blow man for Spike’s Boxing and Kickboxing. He called truTV’s Friday Night Knockout in 2015 plus professional boxing on Epix in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Beck, who was a studio anchor for NBA-TV from 2000 to 2008, also hosted “Sportstalk and “Sports Images” on CN8, the Comcast Network from 1994 to 1997. He also was the play-by-play voice of Atlantic 10 Conference Basketball and Hofstra University Football and called college basketball games for CBS Sports. He was the host of CBS' coverage of the Hambletonian and the American Championship Harness Series on ESPN. Beck was a play-by-play voice and host for Showtime's Championship Boxing and one of the first to call the blow-by-blow on the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
From 1982 to 1994, Beck was a staff broadcaster with the MSG Network. Among his many duties, he hosted the station's coverage of the Knicks, Rangers, and Yankees. He was the play-by-play announcer for college football and basketball, professional and Golden Gloves boxing, and professional tennis. He hosted the Millrose Games, the Virginia Slims Championship, the National Horse Show and the Lou Carnesecca Show.
Beck is the Founder and Host of the Bruce Beck Sports Broadcasting Camp in New Rochelle, NY. This interactive camp teaches the nuances of the broadcasting industry and features some of the top announcers and sports personalities in the New York metropolitan area. During the prior 15 years, Beck along with Ian Eagle, ran a highly successful camp in New Jersey.
In May of 2009, Beck was chosen by St. John's University to deliver the commencement speech to its Staten Island Campus. He also received an Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree.
Each Thanksgiving for the past 18 years, Beck and his family serve those in need at the St. John's Bread and Life Program, the largest soup kitchen in Brooklyn. Among his other charitable endeavors are the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation, Derek Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation, the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, the Alan T. Brown Foundation to Cure Paralysis, the March of Dimes, the Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Center of New York, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Special Olympics New York, Children’s Aid Society and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Hudson Valley.
A graduate of Ithaca College, Beck received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1978. He resides in Westchester County with his wife, Janet. His two sons and one daughter-in-law, live in New York City.