At each of its luncheons honoring a well-known celebrity, Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters also honors one of its members, who may or may not be a celebrity in the usual sense of the word, but who nonetheless has made a significant contribution to broadcasting. The other criterion for this honor is that the member must also be age 60 or older. On this page, you will find pictures of and information about our most recent inductee into the Diamond Circle. If you click on "Past Recipients" just below this paragraph, another window will open showing you a list of all the distinguished broadcasting pioneers who have been inducted into this most honorable Diamond Circle in years past.

Past Recipients

Diamond Circle Award Winner
David Dow

Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters' First Vice President Larry Vanderveen presented the organization's Diamond Circle Award to PPB's Secretary and former CBS News correspondent David Dow at the May 16, 2014 luncheon honoring Peter Marshall. Below are Mr. Vanderveen's remarks introducing Mr. Dow:

Today’s Diamond Circle inductee is a celebrated broadcast journalist. He’s received numerous honors and awards, including:

• The Sigma Delta Chi Award for Spot News Radio Reporting of the Supreme Court decision in the 2000 presidential election.

• He was given The Radio-Television News Association’s “Golden Mike” for Best Reporting for a Radio Network.

• The Society of Professional Journalists, Greater Los Angeles Chapter, named him Broadcast Journalist of the Year.

• He was honored with a Network “Emmy” for a CBS News 48 Hours program on Los Angeles street gangs.

I’m proud to tell you that the name on all of those prestigious awards is that of the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters' Secretary, David Dow.

As a CBS News Correspondent for over a quarter of a century, David covered major stories on three continents for virtually all CBS News television and radio news programs ranging from the presidential campaigns of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, to the epic trials of O. J. Simpson and Rodney King. He was a floor reporter at five national political conventions. He covered the U. S. Space Program all the way from the Shuttle to the current Mars projects.

And there’s more. David anchored many western updates of the CBS Evening News and hourly radio broadcasts. He served as Latin America correspondent for three years, based in Buenos Aires. In the ensuing years he had dozens of foreign assignments, including the refugee exodus from the Cambodia war, the revolution in El Salvador and the 1989 U. S. invasion of Panama.

He served his country as air intelligence and information officer with a naval air wing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, taking part in blockade duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

David has shared his great knowledge and experience as an Adjunct Professor at USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism and California State University Northridge. He shares himself too as Board chairman of the Union Rescue Mission, one of the nation’s oldest and largest homeless services agencies. What a career and what a guy!

Ladies and Gentleman, please welcome the newest member of the Pacific Pioneer Broadcaster’s Diamond Circle, David Dow.

David Dow receives his award from PPB First VP Larry Vanderveen

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