Screening and Award Ceremony – May 22, 2018
With guest speaker former US senator Chris Dodd.
You can also join us by registering for the live webcast of the event by registering here (limited seats available)
A Distinguished Lecturer in the Department of Communication, Film and Media Studies at the University of New Haven, Diane Smith is a media veteran. Diane is a New York Times bestselling author, Emmy award winning journalist, documentary producer, and speaker. Diane’s book Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction and My Own, written with MSNBC Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski, became an instant best seller. The Globe Pequot Press has published six books based on Diane’s “Positively Connecticut” TV series, the longest running local TV series in state history.
Diane has been on the air in Connecticut for more than 25 years at WTNH-TV, CPTV, CT-N and WTIC-Newstalk 1080.
As president of Diane Smith Media, Diane has produced Emmy award winning documentaries, and other programs and videos primarily for non-profits. Diane Smith Media also provides media and public speaking training for clients including Tiffany & Co., Subway, Protein Sciences Corporation and Choate Rosemary Hall.
Diane serves on the board of the Connecticut Women’s Council and the advisory board of the World Affairs Council. Diane was appointed by the CT Secretary of the State to the Civic Health Advisory Board. Diane is a corporator of the I-Quilt Project in Hartford and serves on the Board of Overseers for the Bushnell Theater in Hartford.
Diane gave a TED X Talk in Springfield, Massachusetts in 2015.
In 2016 Diane was honored with the National Association of Secretaries of State Medallion Award. Diane has received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Culture and Tourism for her outstanding lifetime achievements and contributions to the arts and tourism in Connecticut. The Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame honored Diane as a woman of “voice and vision”. Diane was honored with the Breakfast Badge Award from the Girl Scouts of Connecticut. Diane holds an honorary doctorate from Charter Oak College.
Diane was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle for 25 years of distinguished service to broadcasting and the community. When Diane was inducted into the CT Journalism Hall of Fame the citation read: Diane has significantly impacted the lives of many Connecticut residents via TV, radio, cable, books, Old State House events, motivational speaking, teaching, active board memberships, as well as by being a role model as a citizen and as a woman, and having the highest standards of ethics, morals, and journalistic achievement.