NBC News’ Willie Geist to Be Honored as 2018 “Father of the Year”

NEW YORK--()--The National Father’s Day Council announced today that Willie Geist, host of NBC’s Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist and co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, has been named a 2018 “Father of the Year” Honoree. Geist will receive the award alongside Emanuel Chirico, PVH Corp. Chairman and CEO, and award-winning actor and Extra TV host Mario Lopez. The 77th Annual Father of the Year Awards will be presented at the Sheraton New York Times Square on Monday, June 11, 2018 at 12:00 pm. As part of its commitment to support meaningful philanthropies dealing with issues affecting mothers, fathers and children, proceeds from the event will benefit Save the Children’s U.S. Programs. For tickets and sponsorship, please contact the Council office at 212-594-5977 or www.fathersdaycouncil.org.

In 2007, Geist was named co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski and in 2016 was named the host of NBC News’ Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist. Geist is also a regular contributor to TODAY and to the NBC Sports Group, where he has hosted coverage of several Olympic games.

A noted family man, Geist not only encourages his children, Lucie and George, in the arts and sports, but is also close with his own father, journalist Bill Geist, with whom he wrote The New York Times bestseller Good Talk, Dad, in 2014.

“An accomplished and trusted newsman, Willie Geist reaches living rooms across the country and is a prime image of an inspiring and caring father,” said Dan Orwig, President & CEO of The Father’s Day/Mother's Day Council. “Tirelessly devoted to both his family and philanthropic efforts, Willie embodies the values of a true Father of the Year.”

The National Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council, Inc. has donated more than $30 million to date to meaningful charities nationwide.

About The National Father’s Day Council, Inc.

The National Father's Day Committee is part of the Father's Day/Mother's Day Council, Inc., a non-profit association that has as its mission the recognition and awarding of honors to role model contemporary fathers and mothers, while at the same time contributing to issues affecting the life and well-being of men, women and families. Past honorees have included Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, Generals Douglas MacArthur, Colin Powell and Norman Schwarzkopf, retail veteran Terry Lundgren, sports notables Arthur Ashe, Jim Kelly and Michael “Coach K” Krzyzewski, and communications leaders Tim Russert and Harry Smith. To learn more about The National Father’s Day Council, visit our website at www.fathersdaycouncil.org.

About Save the Children’s U.S. Programs

Nearly 1 in 5 children in the United States lives in poverty. Save the Children works to break the cycle of poverty and improve the lives of children in this country by ensuring that they have the resources they need to succeed in school and life. With a grassroots network of more than 250,000 people across all 50 states, Save the Children also acts as a voice for kids by advocating for increased access to high-quality early childhood education at the federal, state and local levels. Early learning programs that begin during pregnancy and continue until the child reaches kindergarten are key to ensuring that children enter school ready for success. For more information visit www.savethechildren.org/usa.

Contacts

MEDIA:
Berns Communications Group
Michael McMullan/Danielle Poggi
212-994-4660

Contacts

MEDIA:
Berns Communications Group
Michael McMullan/Danielle Poggi
212-994-4660