PPB President Chuck Street presented two Art Gilmore Career Achievement Awards at our March 28 celebrity luncheon in Sportsmen's Lodge. Multi-award-winning NBC4-LA news anchors Colleen Williams and Chuch Henry were honored for their decades of service to Los Angeles area audiences, and attendees were entertained as they were saluted by several friends and colleagues. Comedian Norm Crosby was inducted into PPB's Diamond Circle.
An award winning journalist of more than 30 years, Colleen Williams is one of the most-recognized anchors in Southern California. She is the recipient of numerous industry honors, including multiple Emmy and Golden Mike Awards in the category of ‘Best Newscast 30 Minutes or Under.’ Additional awards include an L.A. Emmy and Golden Mike for her work on NBC4’s special ‘LA Riots: Rubble to Rebirth;’ and a Golden Mike and Associated Press Award for her coverage of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games Centennial Park bombing for ‘Best Live Coverage of a News Story.’
Prior to joining NBC4 in 1986, Colleen co-anchored the 5 p.m. news at KCBS-TV, and before that she served as co-anchor of the noon and weekend newscasts at KPIX-TV in San Francisco. Earlier in her career, she co-anchored the 5 p.m. newscast at WOWT-TV in Omaha.
Born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Williams moved across the United States and Canada as an Air Force “brat.” She met her husband, then an Air Force major, while on assignment during the Persian Gulf War. They have a grown son and reside in Pasadena.
Known for his versatility, Chuck Henry has been lauded for both his hard news reports and for his lighter stories. Prior to joining NBC4 in 1994, Henry was a news anchor/reporter for KABC-TV in Los Angeles from 1982 to 1993 and from 1971-1978.
From 1978 to 1982, Henry was an anchor and reporter at NBC affiliate WMAQ-TV in Chicago. He began his career in broadcasting in 1966 at KHVH-TV in Honolulu, where he was a reporter and anchor. He also worked briefly at KENI-TV in Anchorage, Alaska.
Chuck has won dozens of awards and honors for his work as an anchor, host, reporter, director and producer. These include Los Angeles Area Emmys, Golden Mikes, Los Angeles Press Club Awards and a national Cable Ace Award for Best Host of a Series.
A native of Los Angeles, Henry has been married for over thirty years and has four children.
On the Dais: Front Row: Fritz Coleman, Honoree Colleen Williams, Honoree Chuck Henry, Rick Dees, PPB Board Chair Jeanne De Vivier Brown, Back Row: Alex Calder, Steve Carlston, PPB President Chuck Street, Jeff Wald, Kelly Lange, (David Keeler photo)