2013 50 WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE HONOREE OLGA GEORGE – KDKA PITTSBURGH, PA – The New Pittsburgh Courier will host its 2013 Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon on Thursday, June 20, 2013 in the Grand Ballroom of the Omni William Penn Hotel. This year, the New Pittsburgh Courier is also pleased to be honoring Ms. Bev Smith as the 2013 Legacy Award Honoree. Ms. Smith began her television and radio career in 1971 when she was named Pittsburgh’s first African-American Consumer Investigative Reporter for WPXI-TV. In 1975. she was named News and Public Affairs Director for Sheridan Broadcasting and hosted a lively talk show on Sheridan’s flagship station, WAMO. Since then, Bev Smith has taken her “fire brand” style of talk shows to KDKA and WTAE Radio in Pittsburgh, WNWS in Miami, WKIS in Orlando and WRC in Washington, DC. Bev also worked at Black Entertainment Television for over thirteen years as the host of the popular national television talk show “Our Voices”.
Robert L. Johnson, founder and chairman of The RLJ Companies and founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET), attended the 18th Annual Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo where he was presented with the Arthur G. Gaston Lifetime Achievement Award, the publication’s highest honor.