Georgina B. Davids Award
2003 Winner is Chris Pultz . Congratulations Chris...bio coming
Co-Founder of the
Connecticut Multiple Sclerosis Chapter
A brief biography of Georgina B. Davids includes a long career
in public service. She taught kindergarten in the New York City
public school system from 1910 to 1917. During World War I, she
was a member of the Womenís Radio Corps and was the first
woman in the United States to hold a First Grade Radio Operatorís
License. In 1922, she became the first woman in Greenwich to go
into the real estate business. From 1923 to 1926, she was Editor
and Manager of the weekly newspaper,
The Greenwich Press
From 1926 to 1929, she was a member of the Greenwich Board of
Education. Georgina also served as Welfare Commissioner for the
town of Greenwich. In 1946, she became co-founder of the
Connecticut Multiple Sclerosis Chapter. Georgina, who had
multiple sclerosis herself, worked diligently throughout her
life to establish social services for people with MS. Although
she became quite disabled, she still devoted her time and energy
to helping others.
In 1985, at the
Second Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon, the first Georgina B.
Davidís Award was presented to Mrs. Stillman Rockefeller, a
long time friend and cohort of Miss Davids. This Award is now
given annually "for continuing dedication in the fight
against multiple sclerosis."
Emmy-award winning correspondent and anchor Jane Hanson has been
with WNBC since September 1979. Hanson is co-anchor of
"Today in New York," the stationís No. 1-rated early
morning newscast airing weekdays from 5-7 a.m.
Hanson also substitutes as co-anchor on "News Channel 4ís"
various newscasts and has filled-in as News anchor on NBCís
On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Hanson went live on
television within two minutes of the first airplane hitting the
World Trade Center, and continued broadcasting live for the next
several hours for the stationís wall-to-wall coverage of the
tragedy. She and the rest of Newschannel 4 team continued to
broadcast in the days that followed. Over the course of the next
few weeks, and months, Hanson hosted several special programs
surrounding the tragedy.
Prior to her work at WNBC, Hanson anchored WMT-TVís 6 and
10 p.m. newscasts in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Hanson entered television journalism at KSFY-TV in Sioux
Falls, South Dakota.
The recipient of numerous journalism awards, Hanson received
three Emmys for Outstandinding Morning News Program for
"News Channel 4/Today in New York"
(í00, í97, í96) and a 1996 Emmy for Outstanding
Health/Science Programming for a series of reports on
"Surviving Breast Cancer," and an Emmy for spot news
In 1995, the National Motherís Day Committee, sharing the
honor with fellow award winners, including California Senator
Barbara Boxer, Donna Hanover Giuliani, and first lady Hillary
Rodham Clinton, named Hanson an "Outstanding Mother of the
She was named "Correspondent of the Year" by New
Yorkís Police Detectives and received a similar honor from New
Yorkís Firefighters. She also was the recipient of the March
of Dimes Media Services Award for her many contributions to the
Working with various non-profit organizations, Hanson lends
her support to numerous projects and hosts many charitable
events. For the past five years, she has served as the March of
Dimes Walk-America Chairman, and she is the special guest host
for the New York City affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundationís
annual Komen New York City "Race for the Cure."
Hanson is on the board of directors of Graham Windham, the
oldest agency in New York City that provides aid to tri-state
area families and children. She is also on the Board of
Directors of Phipps Houses, an organization, which helps provide
housing to low-income families. Hanson has been an adjunct
professor at Stern College in Long Island.
She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a
Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism.
Hanson is married, has one child, and lives in New York.
The 2000 Sydney
Olympics marked Donna de Varonaís 12
Games as a
broadcaster when she joined NBCís Olympic coverage team in
husband, son and daughter reside in Connecticut.