Boston University College of Communication to Present Distinguished Alumni Awards

in News Releases, University Affairs
May 15th, 2003

Contact: Tom Testa, 617/353-2240 | ttesta@bu.edu

(Boston, Mass.) – CNN National Correspondent Gary Tuchman and Brookline Productions President Jeff Kline will be presented Distinguished Alumni Awards from Boston University’s College of Communication on Saturday, May 17, 2003 at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge. Since 1981, the College’s Alumni Association has honored alumni whose professional accomplishments have brought credit to themselves, their community, the College of Communication, and Boston University.

A CNN national correspondent based in Atlanta, Gary Tuchman, who graduated in 1982, joined the network in 1990. This year, Tuchman reported as an embedded journalist with the U.S. Air Force during Operation “Iraqi Freedom.” He has provided viewers with detailed coverage of the September 11 terrorist attacks from Ground Zero, the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, the D.C.-area sniper case, the anthrax scare, the crash of TWA Flight 800, and the Unabomber capture.

Emmy-Award nominated producer Jeff Kline, a 1987 graduate, joined Columbia Pictures Television as a member of the studio’s drama department shortly after his graduation from the College of Communication. He became senior vice president of drama at Columbia in 1994. In 1995, Kline left the studio to launch his own company, Brookline Productions where he has produced Emmy Award-nominated animated children’s programs for the last eight years.

SCI FI Channel President Bonnie Hammer has also been named a recipient of the award, but will be unable to attend the ceremony. Following her naming as president of the SCI FI Channel in 2001, Bonnie Hammer, a 1971 graduate, was named by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the “Top 100 Women in Entertainment” and by Variety as one of “20 Breakthrough Women” of the year. In 2001, SCI FI won its first two Emmy Awards under her leadership.

NOTE TO MEDIA: The ceremony is open to the media, and will begin at 5 p.m on Saturday, May 17, 2003 at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge, 575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139.

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