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Emmy-Award winning journalist to headline MLK Celebration at FMU Jan. 15

FLORENCE – Take a front row seat in the Chapman Auditorium at Francis Marion University as Emmy-Award winning journalist Arthur Fennell leads the audience into “Celebrating the Legacy, Living the Dream.”

The public is invited to attend the 11th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration to be held Thursday, Jan. 15, at 6:30 p.m. at no cost.

Fennell’s address is expected to cover a range of topics including the contrast between King the legend, and Martin the man. Much of his presentation will be based on interviews conducted with close friends and colleagues of King who recollect fascinating stories of his personal struggles and how he overcame them.

Fennell serves as anchor and managing editor of "Art Fennell Reports," a news magazine program that provides interviews with national newsmakers and in-depth reports on issues and events that have people talking. Through his daily hour-long program, Fennell explores the big stories that shape viewers' worlds as well as the small stories with a big impact on life across the reach of CN8. "Art Fennell Reports" is seen in more than 9 million households from Maine to Virginia, exclusively on CN8, The Comcast Network. 

In 2006, Fennell received an Emmy Award for "Outstanding News Anchor" in the Mid-Atlantic region. Prior to joining CN8, Fennell held various positions with WCAU-TV in Philadelphia, including anchor, reporter and producer. His background also includes positions with WAVY-TV in Portsmouth, Va.; WSAV-TV in Savannah, Ga.; WCBD-TV in Charleston, S. C.; WBTW-TV in Florence; and The South Carolina Educational Television Network. 

Throughout his career, Fennell has been honored with nearly 100 awards for his work in journalism and community service, including the prestigious Vanguard Award presented by the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists for commitment and dedication to his community and the journalism industry. Fennell is a past president of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the largest professional organization of journalists of color in the world. During his tenure as president of the NABJ, Fennell was selected by Ebony magazine as one of the top 100 most influential African-Americans in the country. In 2008, Fennell was recognized by the NABJ with two Salute to Excellence Awards for outstanding coverage in both the Television-International and Television-Documentary categories.  

In 2001, he founded The Arthur Fennell Foundation, a public, charitable, non-profit organization committed to raising funds and awareness to assist community-based organizations dealing with disease, education and prevention in diverse, underserved populations.  

Born and raised in Bennettsville, S.C., Fennell is one of 12 children. Fennell holds a communications degree from South Carolina State University.

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Last Published: January 7, 2009 1:46 PM
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