Sylvia Chase ’61

1985 Professional Achievement Award

A correspondent for ABC News, Sylvia Chase covers a spectrum of stories on the eminent video magazine 20/20. Ranging from investigative reports to personality profiles and special features, her work has twice received the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy Award for outstanding achievement in broadcast journalism.

With a style that combines color, warmth and impartiality, Chase examines complex and often controversial issues of the human condition. Her detailed reportage informs and provides much-needed insight into serious social concerns. She has been honored with the 1983 Pinnacle Award in Television News and the National Headliner Award for Outstanding Investigative Reporting.

In 1974, Chase was named correspondent for CBS News in New York. She appeared frequently on broadcasts for both the CBS Television and Radio Networks, notably as anchor of CBS Newsbreak. She joined ABC News in 1977, co-anchoring the ABC News Weekend Report.

Chase earned her bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA, and she worked for the University of California as coordinator of the nine campus urban extension program. Prior to joining CBS, she was employed by KNX Radio News in Los Angeles.

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