UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The discussions at the fifth annual Arthur W. Page Center Awards were as inspirational as they were timely. This year’s class of honorees shared stories, principles, advice and reflection during the virtual event on Feb. 24.
Honorees were Dr. Anthony Fauci, NIAID director; Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor of PBS Newshour; Eugene Robinson, Washington Post columnist and editor; and Bill Heyman, CEO of Heyman Associates.
The awards ceremony was much different than prior years. Instead of a dinner in New York City, it was virtual. However, hosting the event online allowed the Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication to welcome a global audience. It beamed the honorees, among the country's most respected and trusted communicators, to hundreds of students, young professionals, faculty, executives and the public.
Viewers from more than 100 companies and 75 colleges and universities tuned in. Page Center advisory board chairman Bill Nielsen and Marie Hardin, dean of the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Penn State, hosted the event live from WPSU studios. The honorees and presenters all streamed in via Zoom.
The evening started off with Fauci. Nielsen introduced the nation’s top infectious disease expert and presented him with a Larry Foster Award for Integrity in Public Communication. Fauci spoke from his many professional perspectives — scientist, physician, public servant — and said each role has taught him lessons that he applies when communicating with the public. In other words, the “Fauci Principles.”