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File #: 11923-21    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Proclamation Status: Presented & Filed
File created: 7/1/2021 In control: County Council
On agenda: Final action: 7/6/2021
Title: Proclamation congratulating Stacy Smith upon the occasion of his retirement from KDKA-TV.
Sponsors: Patrick Catena, All Members of Council, Treasurer
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Proclamation congratulating Stacy Smith upon the occasion of his retirement from KDKA-TV.


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WHEREAS, “the price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” That quote by Vince Lombardi depicts the true essence of Mr. Stacy Smith and his 38 years dedicated to KDKA-TV; and

WHEREAS, Stacy is a graduate of Marian College in Indianapolis. He began his broadcast career at WLBC-AM/FM in Muncie, Indiana, in December of 1971. Prior to joining KDKA-TV, Stacy anchored the evening newscasts at WDAF-TV in Kansas City, Missouri, for six years. Before that, he worked at WHAS-AM/FM/TV in Louisville and WIFE-AM (now WIBC) in Indianapolis; and

WHEREAS, Stacy started at KDKA-TV in July of 1983 and dove right into covering politics after his arrival. He covered many of the political conversations and became one of the “go to” people on election coverage; and

WHEREAS, during his years at KDKA-TV, Stacy garnered several key awards including co-anchoring the breaking news coverage of the Crash of Flight 427, which earned KDKA-TV a Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award; and

WHEREAS, in 1991, Stacy anchored the first Pittsburgh newscast to win an Emmy. He also played a significant role in several Emmy Award-winning special reports including, “After the Miracle,” a report on life after transplantation, and “Generation X,” a report on the 30 and younger age group. Stacy also narrated an Emmy award-winning program for Pittsburgh’s PBS station, WQED-TV, entitled “Maazel!”; and

WHEREAS, Stacy also covered stories regarding breakthrough medical technology and innovations, mostly tied to organ transplant and research. The Associated Press and United Press International honored Stacy for reports on Alzheimer’s Disease and Dr. Thomas Starzl, known as the doctor who pioneered modern transplantation. Additionally, Stacy was honored by the...

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