Emmy Award winner to address Greenwich Education Group schools’ graduates

Eight-time Emmy Award winning news producer, Alan Weiss, will be the graduation speaker for Greenwich Education Group’s Beacon, Spire and Pinnacle students at their commencement ceremonies on Friday, June 5, at the Innis Arden Golf Club in Old Greenwich.

Alan Weiss

Alan Weiss

Weiss pioneered the format of evening news that became the standard for broadcast journalism when he headed up Eyewitness News for WABC. The station’s 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts became the most watched news programs in the nation. He covered news and documentaries around the world, from Chechnya to Beirut, and was the first journalist to capture footage at Ground Zero just hours after the World Trade Center buildings collapsed on 9/11. In 1980, Weiss broke the story to the world that John Lennon had been assassinated in New York City.

In addition to his many Emmys, Weiss has received numerous AP, UPI and other prestigious broadcast awards for producing innovative newscasts, specials and documentaries for luminaries including Walter Cronkite, Katie Couric, Julian Bond, Bill Cosby, Meryl Streep, Mary Lou Retton, Olga Korbut, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, Jessye Norman, George C. Scott, Blair Underwood and Michael J. Fox. In addition to heading his own production company, Alan Weiss Productions, he is also currently the co-executive producer of ARISE News, a 24-hour news and entertainment channel.

Based in Stamford, Greenwich Education Group’s Beacon, Spire and Pinnacle schools provide students with the individualized instruction and resources in order to help each reach their full academic potential. The three schools offer a variety of engaging, student-centered educational environments with the goal of helping young minds develop a life-long love of learning.

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