Awardee Profiles - 2007
Tony Snow, Freedom of Speech Award
Kenneth W. Lowe, American Horizon Award
Tony Snow, Recipient of the Freedom of Speech Award
Robert Anthony "Tony" Snow served as White House Press Secretary and as a White House Advisor from May 2006 to September 2007.
Prior to serving President George W. Bush, Mr. Snow was the host of "The Tony Snow Show" on FOX News Radio and of "Weekend Live With Tony Snow" on FOX News Channel. He also served as a FOX News Channel political analyst. From 1996 to 2003, Mr. Snow hosted "FOX News Sunday," the FOX Broadcasting network’s Sunday morning public affairs program.
Before joining FOX News, Mr. Snow was a nationally syndicated columnist with the Detroit News from 1993 to 2001 and USA Today from 1994 to 2000. Earlier in his career, he served as an editorial writer at the Virginian-Pilot; editorial page editor of the Daily Press; deputy editorial page editor of the Detroit News; and editorial page editor of the Washington Times. Mr. Snow’s career in journalism began in 1979 when he was an editorial writer for the Greensboro Record.
In 1991, Mr. Snow served in the White House for President George H. Bush as Deputy Assistant to the President for Communications and Director of Speechwriting. He later served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Media Affairs.
Mr. Snow earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Davidson College in Davidson, N.C. A native of Berea, Ky., he grew up in Cincinnati and currently resides in Virginia with his wife Jill, their son, and two daughters.
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Kenneth W. Lowe, Recipient of the American Horizon Award
Kenneth W. Lowe has been President, Chief Executive Officer, and a Director of The E. W. Scripps Company since 2000.
Prior to rejoining the corporate office in Cincinnati, Mr. Lowe was Chairman and CEO of Knoxville-based Scripps Networks. He founded and launched HGTV in 1994, managed Food Network, oversaw the launch of the DIY Network in 1999 and the Fine Living Network in 2002, and directed the acquisition of Great American Country (GAC) in 2004. Mr. Lowe also guided the creation of the Scripps Interactive Media division through the acquisitions in 2005 and 2006 of leading online comparison sites Shopzilla and uSwitch.
Mr. Lowe joined Scripps in 1980 as General Manager of the company’s radio properties. In 1988, he became Vice President of Programming, Promotion, and Marketing for the company’s nine network-affiliated television stations.
Mr. Lowe serves on the boards of The Paley Center for Media and the Associated Press. He is a member of the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame and the North Carolina Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Mr. Lowe also is deeply involved in the economic and cultural affairs of Cincinnati. Among his many civic duties, he currently is President of the city’s Commercial Club and Vice Chair of the Cincinnati Museum Center’s board of trustees.
Mr. Lowe received his degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He and his wife, Mary, reside in Cincinnati, Highlands, N.C., and Scottsdale.
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