11 Jun WGNO/ABC 26’s Ed Daniels to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award from Press Club of New Orleans
WGNO, Tribune Broadcasting’s ABC Television Network affiliate for the greater New Orleans area, is proud to announce Ed Daniels will be awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Press Club of New Orleans. Daniels will be honored for his work at the 56th Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards Gala at the Harrah’s Casino Theatre in New Orleans on July 19.
The Press Club of New Orleans honors the elite of Louisiana State broadcasting. The Lifetime Achievement Award is the organization’s most prestigious honor.
“Ed stands out for his dedication and passion for high school sports. Ed’s contribution to reporting and the growth of local prep sports is second to none not only in New Orleans, but the state of Louisiana. Today’s local stars of the NFL were first featured on Friday Night Football over the past 22 seasons. If I were choosing an All Star Team of high school broadcasters, Ed would be my first pick,” said Rick Erbach, News Director, WGNO.
Daniels, a New Orleans native, began his career in television in 1977 as a sports intern at WVUE-TV, later becoming a Sports Director at KPLC-TV in Lake Charles and a Sports Reporter and Weekend Sports Anchor at WDSU-TV.
Daniels joined WGNO-TV as a freelancer in 1991, becoming a full time employee in January of 1993 where he created Friday Night Football, the first high school football show in New Orleans. This fall, Friday Night Football will enter its 23rd season. Ed, who hosted Know It Alls, a popular game show in the 1990’s, has been Sports Anchor at WGNO since 1993 and Sports Director since 1996. He is a voter for the Heisman Trophy and the Wooden Award. Ed also serves as tournament director of the Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic, and is one of the founders of the WGNO prep baseball classic.
“New Orleans and Louisiana sports have always been my passion. To be able to chronicle it as it happens is an honor and pleasure. I would especially like to thank Coach JT Curtis, Robert O’Shields, and all who have worked on Friday Night Football the past 22 seasons for their loyalty and dedication. They all share in this honor,” said Ed Daniels.
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