Awards and Recognition

Jim Longworth, host and producer of Triad Today, is a long time champion of television as a vehicle for public service.

In the 1970’s, Longworth participated in the Triad’s first live coverage of an area-wide blood drive, and produced numerous documentaries and specials for WFMY-TV, including “So You Think You Know the Constitution”, an educational tribute during our bicentennial year.

In the 1980’s, while in Virginia, he raised millions of dollars for the
Muscular Dystrophy Association, and was recognized by the National Institutes of Health for a pilot series on High Blood Pressure.

In the 1990’s, Longworth directed media campaigns which gained passage of the nation’s first handgun legislation, and brought awareness to the problems of animal abuse.

And, in the new millennium, he created Triad Today, Piedmont North Carolina’s only locally-produced public affairs talk show on commercial television.

Since then, Triad Today has been recognized by Congress, and has received the Spectrum of Democracy Award from the North Carolina Center for VoterĀ Education. Longworth was also named as one of Biz Life Magazine’s “Movers and Shakers” for 2006.


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