Tuesday, May 10, 2011

CT Press Club Honors Eyewitness News Founder Al Primo at Awards Banquet

"Eyewitness News" founder Al Primo will be honored by the Connecticut Press Club with the 2011 Mark Twain Award of Excellence tonight at its annual awards banquet tonight in Norwalk.

Forbes described Primo as the "TV news director who changed television forever" and The Daily News lauded him as the man "who almost single-handedly changed the face of broadcast journalism." Primo is recognized worldwide as the creator and author of the Eyewitness News format. He is an independent producer of specials and news series, including Teen Kids News and the author of Eyewitness Newsman.

The Connecticut Press Club Awards Banquet will also honor winners of its annual contest presenting 91 awards in 13 categories. All entries were judged by the Pennsylvania Press Club.

Lauren Yarger, editor of Connecticut Arts Connection, will receive a first-place award for editing this site, which offers news, reviews and features about professional theater and arts in the state. She is a member of of the CT Critics Circle and the National Book Critics Association.

Yarger, a resident of Granby,  also will receive a second-place award for criticism for the web for her review of the Broadway show Driving Miss Daisy, posted at http://reflectionsinthelight.blogspot.com/. A regular reviewer of Broadway and New York theater, Yarger is a member of The Drama Desk, the Outer Critics Circle and the American Theater Critics Association.

The banquet, open to the public, will be held at the Norwalk Shore and Country Club, Gregory Boulevard, at 6 pm. A three-course dinner is included in the $50 admission price. To ask about walk-in status or more information, call 203-968-8600 or e-mail ctpressclub@gmail.com.

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