Named for the founder and first president of the RTNDA, the John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual's contributions to the journalism profession and freedom of the press. Past recipients include Walter Cronkite and Hugh Downs.
In 1983, Fitzpatrick started a newsletter called ShopTalk. It contains daily reports about the news and programming business. ShopTalk, which has over 100,000 readers daily, is now part of the larger TVSpy website (www.tvspy.com). TVSpy, a Vault Inc. enterprise, includes recruitment services for employers, employee surveys from hundreds of the industry's biggest companies, and the famous TVSpy Watercooler, where TV news professionals can connect with each other and post about the latest happenings in the business. Fitzpatrick continues to compile ShopTalk and oversees the TVSpy website.
From 1982 to 2000, Fitzpatrick owned and operated Don Fitzpatrick Associates in San Francisco, at the time the largest on-air talent and news management recruitment firm in the country. His clients included CBS News, CBS Sports, ABC News, NBC News, CNN and ESPN, among others. Talent "found" on the Don Fitzpatrick watch includes Jim Nantz, Meredith Vieira, Leeza Gibbons and John Tesh.
About Vault Inc.
Vault Inc. is the leading media company focused on careers. Vault offers over 100 nationally distributed books, from the best-selling Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms to the Vault Guide to Schmoozing. Vault is celebrated for its online resource, www.vault.com, which offers employee surveys for more than 3,500 employers, detailed "inside" information on over 3,000 companies and 70 industries, and the much-praised Electronic WaterCooler(TM), the Internet's first-ever network of expert-moderated message boards for professionals.
TVSpy, a service of Vault Inc., is the leading online destination for television news industry professionals worldwide. TVSpy's mission is to connect television professionals with each other, as well as with inside industry information, giving them an edge as they build their careers and businesses in this competitive industry.