Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods Presents
The 34th Annual Smith Nature Symposium Garden Party and Keynote Address

The Nature Fix:
Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, And More Creative

with Emcee, Art Norman

Saturday, May 20 · 5:30 - 9 p.m.

Art Norman, a fixture on WMAQ-Channel 5's newscasts, represents 35-years of broadcast experience. In Chicago he is currently the Vice President of the National Association of Black Journalists; ten years ago he served as the organization’s President. His signature segment “Art Norman’s Chicago” airs bi-weekly on NBC 5 News at 5PM. These stories feature extraordinary people Making A Difference in their communities across the Chicago area. In addition, Norman also does technology in a segment called The Weekend Web, where Art is seen on Saturday and Sunday mornings reviewing the latest gadgets and gizmos. He is also a frequent NBC 5 News ambassador making appearances at many community events. Norman came to NBC 5 Chicago as a general assignment reporter in July 1982. In February 1990, Norman's initiative led to a NBC 5 News exclusive investigation of the Cook County Sheriff Department, probing allegations of civil rights violations during a questionable drug raid on a suburban tavern.

During his career, Norman has received many honors for journalistic excellence. Most recently he received an Emmy Award for co-hosting NBC’s one-hour live broadcast of the Chicago Auto Show. His six Emmys includes NBC 5's spot news coverage of the Fox River Grove Bus Crash; His series "Cops and Robbers," which uncovered secret files on police officers with criminal records, was honored with two prestigious awards: a national Investigative Reporters and Editors Award and a 1992-93 Associated Press Award for "Best Investigative Reporting." He also received a 1989 Chicago Emmy Award for his contributions to NBC 5's coverage of the Laurie Dann spot news story. He was an integral part of the NBC 5 News coverage of the Beirut hostage crisis, providing comprehensive reports on the fate of Geneva and St. Charles, Illinois, residents held captive by terrorists. His efforts were honored with a 1986 Emmy Award.

His other honors include: a 1987 Wilbur Award given by the Religious Public Relations Council for "Giving God The Glory," a documentary tracing Chicago's gospel history; and a 1984 International Radio and Television News Directors Award for his live coverage of the shooting of a divorce court judge and an attorney in a Daley Center Courtroom.

His documentary on the plight of poor children won a 1978 School Bell Award from the National Association of Educators. In 1976, Norman worked as writer and photographer on the George Foster Peabody Award winning edition of NBC's "Weekend Magazine." He won North Carolina's RTNDA Award for his coverage of a fatal air balloon crash in 1975.

Art's involvement with the community is extensive. In addition to hosting numerous community events each year, Norman is a spokesman for the United Negro College Fund and serves as an on-air host of their telethon. Norman came to NBC5 from WMAR-TV, Baltimore, Maryland, where he worked as a reporter and weekend anchor since 1979. Prior to his tenure with WMAR-TV, Norman worked as a reporter at WSOC-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina. He began his broadcasting career in 1969, as a television engineer at WCCB-TV, also in Charlotte.

Norman holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Math and Physics from the Johnson C. Smith University. He is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and holds a first class F.C.C. engineer’s license. He is married and lives in Lisle, IL. "Art has worked tirelessly to promote NBC 5 and Chicago," ​Dave Doebler, NBC President, said in a statement. "His current 'Making A Different’ segments show what Art does best, recognizing those who make a difference.” "Art has been an unabashed cheerleader for NBC 5,"​ Frank Whittaker, WMAQ's Station Manager and Vice President of News. "Both in the community and in the newsroom, Art has been a champion for our TV station and our people"

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