Posted October 21, 2013

Whoopi Goldberg receives "Lewie"

Video Production: Gina Benigno

The who’s who of media in Philadelphia and beyond gathered in Mitten Hall on Oct. 17 for the 13th annual Alumni in the Media Awards hosted by Temple’s School of Media and Communication. This year's top honor, the Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award, which is presented to an individual who helped shape the fields studied within SMC, was presented to actor and comedian Whoopi Goldberg.

Goldberg joked that when she found out she would receive a “Lewie,” she thought someone was mistaken.

“They must have been thinking about a different Whoopi Goldberg,” she said, turning to Klein. “I want to kiss your feet, but my knees are going bad.”

Following the award ceremony, Goldberg hosted an hour-long Q&A with several hundred Temple students in the Temple Performing Arts Center.

Several notable Temple alumni were honored with the Lew Klein Alumni in the Media Award and inducted into the SMC Hall of Fame, including David Henry, JOUR ’94, reporter for 6abc; Kevin Negandhi, BTMM ’98, ESPN SportsCenter anchor; Deborah Veney Robinson, BTMM ’97, senior communications officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and the late E. Steven Collins, who was the director of urban marketing and external relations at Radio One Inc.

Noah Goldstein, BTMM ’04, ’06, recording engineer and producer for Kanye West, received the Rising Star Award for young alumni.

For more on the event, visit the SMC website

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