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Napa (Zoom): Writing the Truth
March 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Napa Valley Writers will host Gil Gross, an award-winning radio journalist who has reported the news to millions of Americans and interviewed pop culture icons and heads-of-state alike.
When you write nonfiction, whether it is political or just what the posies in the backyard look like, you have to tell a story. It’s like once upon a time, except that everything has to be true. I’ll look at how you do that, what the responsibility is to your readers or listeners, and how it can all go wrong, even with the best intentions, and why it so often does.
Gil has been Special Correspondent and Chief Anchor for ABC News Radio, as well as a correspondent and anchor for CBS and NBC News. As a newsman and humorist, he has also combined his talents as Paul Harvey’s chief substitute at ABC and as the main substitute for Charles Osgood at CBS.
A journalist for more than four decades, Gil became the youngest anchorman in ABC News history at age 23. He went on to win a string of investigative and journalism awards for international reporting covering major events of our time from 9/11 to space launches to wars in the Middle East, including the War in Iraq. His coverage of Hurricane Katrina won him the national Edward R. Murrow award, though his most cherished awards have been for investigative reporting on the plight of mistreated children. He has been nominated again this year by CBS News.
He has often combined network and local news duties out of a belief that state government usually has the most significant impact on the lives of listeners, bringing together members of both parties to the point that when he left WABC in the 80’s for the network, both Governor Cuomo of New York and Tom Kean of New Jersey showed up unexpectedly to be with him for the last hour of the show.
He has worked at iconic radio stations such as KGO, WABC, WCBS, WOR, WLS, and WNBC and hosted his own national program for a number of years on CBS Radio. Among the things he is proudest of accomplishing was raising millions of dollars for homeless charities including St. Anthony’s in San Francisco, and being on the board for years of Community Access, a charity serving the mentally ill homeless in New York City.
Gil now does specials for CBS News Radio, produces podcasts for District Productive, and has been acting, especially in Shakespeare. He will do Polonius in a production of Hamlet in May of 2022.
Gil lives with his wife, actress-singer-broadcaster Rhoda Bodzin in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Their son is +just received his Master’s Degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.
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