March 2003

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The Georgina B. Davids Award
2003 Winner is Chris Pultz . Congratulations coming soon!

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."

2003 Georgina B. Davids
Award Presenter
Jane Hanson
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 "Today" Show.

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 reporting.

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 Year."

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 organization.

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 th Games as a broadcaster when she joined NBCís Olympic coverage team in Australia.

Donna, her husband, son and daughter reside in Connecticut.