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Angotti to be inducted into broadcast pioneers hall of fame

Barry McNamara
Joe Angotti
Joe Angotti, visiting distinguished professor of communication at Monmouth College, will be inducted into the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers’ Richard M. Fairbanks Hall of Fame next month. Former colleague and longtime friend Tom Brokaw will provide a videotaped introduction of Angotti at the Oct. 6 ceremony.

The Hall of Fame honors members of the industry who have made significant contributions to broadcasting’s growth and improvement. Nearly 150 people have been inducted since the Hall of Fame was founded in 1981, representing all areas of broadcasting: “on air” talent, engineers, technicians, salespeople, owners and management.

Angotti was born and raised in Gary, Ind., where he worked at his father’s bakery, making donuts and rolls before delivering them to canteens in the steel mills. While at Indiana University, he was the first student news director of WFIU and earned the first graduate degree awarded at IU in broadcast journalism.

After stints at Louisville’s WHAS and Chicago’s WMAQ, Angotti was promoted to New York where he was eventually named senior vice president of the NBC News division and executive producer of “NBC Nightly News.” He later moved to London to become general manager of news for Europe and Africa.

Angotti was named professor and chair of the broadcast program at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 1999. Six years later, he joined the faculty at Monmouth College, where he also serves as director of student publications.