Commencement Orator

Mr. Bryant C. Gumbel
TV Host and Anchor
"The Early Show," CBS-TV News
Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa

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Bryant C. Gumbel is one of the most familiar and respected figures in broadcast journalism today. In 1999, he was named anchor of "The Early Show,” a production of CBS-TV News. The broadcast debuted on November 1st of that year in a new, state-of-the-art, broadcast facility on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Since joining CBS News in March 1997, Gumbel has anchored the CBS News magazine, Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel (1997-1998), which received two Peabody Awards, an Overseas Press Award, and two Emmy Awards. He also anchored the primetime special, "CBS News/Time 100: 20 Who Changed Our Lives."

Mr. Gumbel is enjoying his sixth year as host of the Home Box Office (HBO) series, “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” which debuted in April 1995, and to date, has earned seven Emmy Awards. He had the high honor of hosting the 49th Emmy Awards and, adding to his talents, formed Dunbar Productions, a syndication and production company, in partnership with the syndication arm of CBS. Dunbar is credited for such progressive productions as "The Reading Club," a roundtable literary talk show series hosted by Renee Pouissaint, which is co-produced with Howard University’s television station, WHUT-TV. 

Prior to joining CBS News, Mr. Gumbel worked for NBC for nearly 25 years, where he served in many noteworthy capacities. He anchored NBC-TV's "Today" for 15 years (1982-1997); hosted NBC's primetime coverage of the 1988 Olympic Summer Games in Seoul, Korea; served as contributing anchor for the primetime news magazine, "Dateline NBC," and covered the 1992 presidential election. 

Mr. Gumbel has compiled a remarkably diverse array of credits. He has interviewed superpower leaders and Super Bowl heroes and has covered foreign wars, elections, international summits and presidential inaugurations. He has reported from all corners of the globe, including Europe, China, Australia, Russia, Cuba, sub-Saharan Africa, South America, and the Middle East. He covered the outbreak of the Persian Gulf War from Saudi Arabia, the reopening of arms negotiations from Geneva, and the 10th anniversary of the fall of Saigon from Ho Chi Minh City. Gumbel has earned an Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club, an Edward Weintal Prize from Georgetown University for diplomatic reporting, and a George Foster Peabody Award for his work in Vietnam.

In addition, he has received four Emmy Awards, the Martin Luther King Award from the Congress of Racial Equality, three NAACP Image Awards, and the Frederick D. Patterson Award, the United Negro College Fund's highest honor. 
Mr. Gumbel’s work in orchestrating and anchoring the Africa broadcasts, earned him the International Journalism Award from TransAfrica, the Africa's Future Award from the U.S. Committee for UNICEF, and the leadership award from the African-American Institute.

Bryant Gumbel was born September 29, 1948, in New Orleans, and was raised in Chicago. He graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, with a liberal arts degree. He has a son, Bradley Christopher, and a daughter, Jillian Beth. He lives in New York.