2011 CONVENTION NEWS & UPDATES | August 18, 2011
Glover, Schultz Excite Crowd with USW Wellstone Award Speeches
Actor Danny Glover was honored today with the USW Wellstone Award for his activism, particularly his role as chairman of the human rights organization TransAfrica.
Television and radio host Ed Schultz also received the Wellstone Award, which recognizes the dedication and accomplishments of public servants who exemplify the late Sen. Paul Wellstone of Minnesota for his commitment to public service and the well being of USW members and their families. Wellstone, his wife, daughter and three campaign aides were killed in a plane crash prior to the election in 2002.
Both ignited the convention crowd with their passionate acceptance speeches.
Glover has also gained respect for his wide-reaching community activism and philanthropic efforts, with a particular emphasis on advocacy for economic justice, and access to health care and education programs in the United States and Africa. For these efforts, Glover received a 2006 DGA Honor. Internationally, Glover has served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program from 1998-2004, focusing on issues of poverty, disease, and economic development in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean, and currently serves as UNICEF Ambassador.
In 2005, Glover co-founded Louverture Films dedicated to the development and production of films of historical relevance, social purpose, commercial value and artistic integrity. The New York based company has a slate of progressive features and documentaries including Trouble the Water, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, Africa Unite, award winning feature Bamako, and most recent projects Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, and The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan.
Schultz was the first Progressive talker to hit 100 affiliates, both satellite networks and the Armed Forces Radio Network.
In April of 2009, he started hosting "The Ed Show" on MSNBC, where he takes on the hottest issues, latest headlines and the psycho talkers. He has one of the fastest growing news cable shows which airs at 10:00pm, ET, Monday - Thursday. Schultz was the first to do a national show on scene in Wisconsin this winter to tell the story of the attacks on worker's rights.
A veteran of 30 years in broadcasting, Schultz has covered some of the biggest events in American history. Schultz has won three Eric Sevareid Awards and has managed and been lead talent for a broadcast team that has won two Marconis and a prestigious Peabody Award. Ed has been named one of the top ten radio hosts in the country by Talkers Magazine for a number of years. Ed Schultz has been a nominee by Syndicated News/Talk Personality of the year by Radio & Records.