Gov. Beebe, former KATV chairman honored by international business organization

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe and late KATV Chairman Dale Nicholson were honored Friday by the International Association of Business Communicators.

Governor Beebe was presented with the Communicator of the Year (COTY) Award, given to an Arkansan who leads the way in fostering and participating in professional communication. The award is presented to a non-IABC member.

"His calm and articulate communication on subjects ranging from controversial new state laws to Arkansas' nation-leading effort on healthcare reform have been plentiful," said Angele Forrest, president of IABC/Arkansas. "And with challenging situations and issues, his messaging is always well conceived, succinct and easily understood no matter the audience's personal stance," said Forrest.

Established in 2007 in honor of journalist John Woodruff, the John K. Woodruff Award for Lifetime Achievement honors lifetime achievement and/or body of work in the field of professional business communications in Arkansas. The award is open to both members and non-members of IABC/Arkansas. This year's recipient is the late Dale Nicholson, who was chairman of KATV at the time of his death in June 2013.

"Nicholson was the longest-serving general manager in the Little Rock television market," said Forrest. "He was also instrumental in taking KATV news to a new level in local news reporting excellence and pioneered a relationship with the Arkansas Razorbacks that would put KATV at the top of the ratings for many years. He also had a keen eye for what the community wanted and was always first to step up and give support to worthy causes and projects," she added.

The COTY and Woodruff Award recipients are selected by the IABC/Arkansas Past Presidents' Council. All proceeds from this awards ceremony fund student scholarships for Communication Majors at Harding University, Ouachita Baptist University and University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Previous COTY recipients include Little Rock Police Department Lt. Terry Hastings, Dr. Fitzgerald Hill, Patrick Henry Hays, President Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Mike Huckabee, Keith Jackson, Rex Nelson and Colleen Nick.