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Bryant Gumbel, host of NBC's Today Show, will receive an honorary degree, Doctor of Public Service, from the College of the Holy Cross and address this year’s graduates during the College’s Commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 26, at 10:30 a.m. on the campus.
Gumbel, the Today program host since January 1982, has anchored NBC news, sports and entertainment broadcasts from around the globe and across the country, including NBC's coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea.
Gumbel has received numerous awards for broadcasting and journalism, including the Edward R. Murrow Award for Outstanding Foreign Affairs Work, the Edward Weintal Prize for diplomatic reporting, 1986 Broadcaster of the Year, the Graham McNamee Award, and the 1988 NAACP Image Award.
Following graduation from Bates College, Gumbel was a sportswriter for Black Sports magazine. He entered broadcasting as a sportscaster for KNBC-TV in Los Angeles in 1972, where he remained until 1980. During that period, Gumbel also worked for NBC sports, co-hosting the National Footbal League pre-game show, major league baseball, NCAA basketball and NFL games.
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