Legends of Media Bob Orr & Denise LeClair Cobb
5 – 7 p.m., Tuesday, December 3
PRSA Members – $30
Non-members – $38
Students – $25
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In an informal setting, former CBS News Correspondent Bob Orr and the first CNN Anchor Denise Le Clair Cobb will take a walk down memory lane to tell stories about their roles early in their careers (as paths crossed) and the interesting / major changes that have occurred over the years.
Denise LeClair Cobb had a long career in television, including being an award-winning television producer, on-air talent, manager, consultant and station owner. She began her career as an anchor and reporter at WTRF-TV in Wheeling, West Virginia and from there went on to anchor news programs at ABC and NBC affiliates around the country. Denise was one of the original news anchors at CNN and was chosen to anchor the premiere newscast on CNN Headline News, making her the only person to appear on both networks’ first day.
After leaving CNN, she helped launch the Travel Channel, hiring staff and helping to format the network. She then formed her own production company where she traveled internationally producing TV programs and consulting. When the Cobb’s owned television stations in Florida and California, Denise oversaw the news, public affairs and promotion departments.
She currently serves on the national Board of Trustees of Pace Center for Girls. She is also a founding trustee of the Naples Children and Education Foundation, founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival. Cobb and her husband, Brian, were named the 2004 “Philanthropists of the Year” by the Community Foundation of Collier County, Southwest Florida Community Foundation and the Naples chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Cobb was named a Woman of the Year by Gulfshore Life in 2000.
Bob Orr, the Justice and Homeland Security correspondent for CBS News, retired from the network in February 2015. He led CBS News’ coverage of most of the major stories and events of the two prior decades—from 9/11 to Sandy Hook to the killing of Osama bin Laden to the Boston Marathon bombings to the major aviation disasters such as the explosion of TWA flight 800.
“In story after story, Bob’s outstanding reporting, clear writing, and confident presence have brought clarity from chaos, and sense from senseless,” said his boss at CBS. Before CBS, Bob was a reporter and anchor for WBNS-TV, in Columbus, OH and WCAU in Philadelphia. He began his career at WTRF-TV in Wheeling, WV, where he anchored the 11 p.m. news and Denise LeClair Cobb anchored the news at noon. He won four National Emmys and a DuPont Award for his reporting.