2010-01-22 / Front Page

Award winning journalist and USC alumna returns for breakfast

By John Temple Ligon

Terry Dixon, USC Journalism School director of development, welcomes Rita Cosby, a USC alumna, television news anchor and correspondent, radio host, and author. Cosby is currently a special correspondent for the CBS syndicated program “Inside Edition,” specializing in interviewing newsmakers and political figures. Cosby has received three Emmy Awards, the Jack Anderson Award for investigative excellence, the Matrix Award, and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Photo by John Temple Ligon Terry Dixon, USC Journalism School director of development, welcomes Rita Cosby, a USC alumna, television news anchor and correspondent, radio host, and author. Cosby is currently a special correspondent for the CBS syndicated program “Inside Edition,” specializing in interviewing newsmakers and political figures. Cosby has received three Emmy Awards, the Jack Anderson Award for investigative excellence, the Matrix Award, and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Photo by John Temple Ligon A breakfast table for 12 was set Wednesday morning at Ruth’s Chris inside the Hilton Columbia in the Vista. Columbia–based real estate firm NAI Avant sponsored the breakfast attended by Medal of Honor recipient Mike Thornton, alumni and the dean’s office at USC’s School of Journalism, and writers with The Columbia Star. Rita Cosby, a USC J–School alumna and an Emmy Award winning broadcast journalist, was staying at the Hilton, and she had a little time in the morning to spend with fellow members of the Fourth Estate.

Charles Bierbauer, dean, College of Mass Communications and Information Studies; Rita Cosby, USC Journalism School alumna; and Mike Thornton, retired Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient Photo by John Temple Ligon Charles Bierbauer, dean, College of Mass Communications and Information Studies; Rita Cosby, USC Journalism School alumna; and Mike Thornton, retired Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient Photo by John Temple Ligon Cosby was in town to speak at the convention center luncheon, South Carolina Women Honor Valor.

Dean Bierbauer sparked the conversation with memories of his White House office when he ran the Washington bureau for CNN. Accompanying Bierbauer were Dr. Carol Pardun, Bierbauer’s associate dean, and Terry Dixon, Bierbauer’s director of development.

J–School graduate student and Columbia Star writer Natasha Derrick sat next to recent J–School graduate Alex Luchsinger, who is applying to graduate school. Both were highly charged in sharing job–hunting strategies.

Attending breakfast at Hilton Columbia’s Ruth’s Chris January 20 are Holly Boozer, director of sales, Hilton Columbia; Terry Dixon, USC Journalism School director of development; Dr. Carol Pardun, director, USC School of Journalism; Rita Cosby, Inside Edition, CBS; Tita Rowell; Alex Luchsinger, USC Journalism School alumnus; LTC Howard Rowell, USC School of Journalism alumnus and WWII veteran; John Temple Ligon, business editor, The Columbia Star ; Natasha Derrick, USC Journalism School graduate student; Mike Thornton, Medal of Honor recipient; and Robert Kurson, Thorton biographer. Attending breakfast at Hilton Columbia’s Ruth’s Chris January 20 are Holly Boozer, director of sales, Hilton Columbia; Terry Dixon, USC Journalism School director of development; Dr. Carol Pardun, director, USC School of Journalism; Rita Cosby, Inside Edition, CBS; Tita Rowell; Alex Luchsinger, USC Journalism School alumnus; LTC Howard Rowell, USC School of Journalism alumnus and WWII veteran; John Temple Ligon, business editor, The Columbia Star ; Natasha Derrick, USC Journalism School graduate student; Mike Thornton, Medal of Honor recipient; and Robert Kurson, Thorton biographer. Tom Smith, an independent military writer, brought his mother Tita Rowell and his stepfather LTC Howard Rowell, another alumnus of USC’s J–School and a veteran of WWII.

Spartanburg’s Mike Thornton, a retired Navy SEAL and a recipient of the Medal of Honor, had his biographer Robert Kurson, author of Shallow Divers, with him.

Todd Avant, president of NAI Avant, sponsored the breakfast as an appreciation for the roles journalists play in getting out the truth.

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