James Hickey

James Hickey

School of Communication

James Hickey

2001 Alumni Academy Inductee

James Hickey received a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech and political science from Western Michigan University in 1960. In 1999, he was granted an honorary doctor of public service degree from Western in recognition of his distinguished career in journalism. He began his broadcasting career at WIDR, the university's student-run radio station, and while still in college, worked at WKZO Radio/TV in Kalamazoo. Jim is currently a New York-based correspondent for ABC and the morning "drive time" anchor for the Entertainment Network of ABC News Radio, which is heard on more than 600 radio stations across the county. He also broadcasts "ABC News Notebook for Kids" on Radio Disney, the only daily radio newscast designed specifically for young children. Over the years, Jim's informative and even-handed reporting has allowed millions of Americans to gain a better understanding of momentous events, such as the return of American hostages from Iran, the dismantling of apartheid, the fall of the Soviet Union, the Gulf War, President Clinton's impeachment and trial, Pope John Paul II's visit to Cuba and most recently, the World Trade Center bombing. He served from 1970 to 1972 as the U.S. Army's radio and television information officer at Ft. Benning, Georgia, attaining the rank of lieutenant. During the next several years, he served in a variety of capacities for television stations in Georgia and Pennsylvania. In 1980, Jim joined ABC as a Chicago-based correspondent. Two years later, he began nearly a decade of work overseas as a foreign correspondent, earning news bureau postings in Frankfurt, West Germany, (1982-1985); Johannesburg, South Africa (1985-1989), where he also was bureau chief; and Rome (1989-1991). Jim has won numerous radio and television awards, including an Emmy nomination for his coverage of the Union Carbide gas leak in Bhopal, India; an Edward R. Murrow award for his Radio Disney work and one for his coverage of the TWA 800 crash; a United Nations bronze medal for a series he did on drugs; and an American Bar Association Gavel Award for "distinguished contribution to public understanding of the American system of law and justice."

 

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