Merri Dee, Life Lessons On Faith, Forgiveness & Grace

Merri Dee, Life Lessons On Faith, Forgiveness & Grace

by Merri Dee

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BN ID: 2940016447230
Publisher: Life To Legacy
Publication date: 06/07/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 206
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Merri Dee was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 30, 1934. She began her long relationship with broadcast media in 1966 as a radio personality, where she spent years at WBEE and WVON. Dee moved to WGN-TV in 1972, where she was a staff announcer and talk show host.
After a personal tragedy where she and a talk show guest were kidnapped from the television station and nearly killed, she lobbied state and city politicians, to get passage of Illinois' first Victims Bill of Rights law.
Dee is also committed charitable work, including fundraising on behalf of the homeless and the victims of domestic violence. Dee also hosted the United Negro College Fund Telethon and the Easter Seals Telethon. She is the recipient of the AT&T Outstanding Community Role Model award, the North American Council on Adoptable Children Outstanding Leadership Award, the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago Woman of the Year Award, and the Chicago Academy of TV Arts and Sciences Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dee served as the television host of the United Negro College Fund's "Evening of Stars" fundraiser for over two decades. Dee also developed "The Waiting Child", an on-air segment, broadcast on WGN-TV spotlighting children in need of adoptive homes, earning Dee the Adoption Excellence Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2004.
In 2000, she was honored with an honorary Doctorate of Humanities by Lewis University; the following year, Dee won the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Silver Circle Award. The University of Illinois' Center on Women and Gender also honored Dee with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003; and in 2004, she was honored with a President's Award by the United Negro College Fund.
Dee has also served as an executive board member for the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Junior Achievement Worldwide and the Associated Colleges of Illinois; board member for The National College Summit and member of the Illinois State Attorney's Council on Violence. In January 2011, Dee became one of six inductees into the National Association of Black Journalists’ Hall of Fame. Currently, Dee is the AARP Illinois State President, and serves as Commissioner of the Illinois Human Rights Commission.

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