(Chicago) — TASC President Pamela Rodriguez has announced the recipients of the TASC 2013 Leadership Awards, which will be presented at the agency’s annual luncheon on Wednesday, December 11 at the Westin Michigan Avenue in Chicago.
The agency will present its 2013 Public Voice Leadership Award to Bob Jordan, news anchor and reporter on superstation WGN-TV, seen by millions of viewers nationwide. Last December, Dr. Jordan approached TASC to explore issues related to youth violence in Chicago. His keen interest and sensitivity to the complexities of violence led to an in-depth WGN cover story and hour-long CLTV special focused on health, family, community, public policy, and more. Dr. Jordan’s reporting consistently explores social challenges that personally and profoundly affect local families and communities.
TASC will present its 2013 Justice Leadership Award to Paul Samuels, president and director of the Legal Action Center, a not-for-profit public interest law firm with a national scope. Samuels has dedicated his career to justice and fairness, including work on ground-breaking litigation defending the rights of people with alcohol and drug histories, HIV disease, and criminal records. He has been at the head of numerous campaigns to combat discrimination, expand services, reform sentencing laws, and influence other important public policy advances through Congressional testimony, state and national advisory groups, lectures, and collaborative partnerships.
“We have a tradition at TASC of honoring leaders each year who have made a difference in improving programs, policies, and public awareness around issues related to health and justice,” said Rodriguez. “We are absolutely delighted to present our 2013 awards to Bob Jordan and Paul Samuels, who each are remarkably influential and dedicated to helping our society make more informed, sound decisions about social matters that affect us all.”