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Three long-time business journalists... honored at SABEW’s 50th Anniversary Gala


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PHOENIX – Three business journalists, including a founding member, will be honored with SABEW President’s Awards at the 50th annual spring conference of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in Washington, D.C., April 4-6.


Founding member Gene Miller, of Boca Raton, Fla., will be joined by Myron Kandel and Martha Steffens.  Kandel, of New York City, is SABEW’s only two-time president.  He initiated business coverage at CNN.  Steffens has held the SABEW chair position at the University of Missouri for the last 11 years.


“These are three giant figures in business journalism,” said Warren Watson, executive director of SABEW.   “The three have served the business journalism community for more than 160 years.”


The awards will be presented at a special gala on Saturday night at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, capping a three-day conference featuring business and government keynoters and dozens of other workshops and sessions.  George Washington University’s Marvin Center will be the headquarters for the conference. Speakers over three days include Mad Money’s Jim Cramer, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, the Fed’s Janet Yellen and economist David Stockman.


Miller helped to organize SABEW’s first conference in New York City 50 years ago, initiating SABEW’s signature education event, a tradition that continues every spring.  He enjoyed a long career in journalism and other fields, and today still teaches as an adjunct at Florida Atlantic University in Miami.


Miller served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a speechwriter for President Eisenhower, who was running for re-election in 1956. He has been director of 12 companies and been in leadership positions at McGraw Hill, Inc., the New York Stock Exchange, CNA Financial Corporation and the USG Corporation.


Miller’s journalism career began as a reporter, and later editor, of the Greensboro Daily News (N.C.). He also worked for Business Week magazine and Newsday in New York. He has written and edited many books, including the Barron’s Guide to Graduate Business Schools. He was business editor of NBC’s Today Show during Dave Garroway’s tenure as host.


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