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Kennedy Announces Recipients of 2018 Chroniclers Awards
Canaveral, FL – April 2018 / Newsmaker Alert / NASA
will honor three veteran space chroniclers who have excelled at sharing
U.S. space exploration news from the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Brass strips engraved with each awardee’s name will be added to “The
Chroniclers” wall in the Kennedy Space Center Press Site during a ceremony
at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 4, 2018.
honorees, each of whom covered the U.S. space program from Kennedy for
10 years or more and are no longer working full-time in the field, were
selected by a committee of working media, and current and former representatives
of NASA Kennedy’s Office of Communication, March 21.
ceremony falls one day prior to the 57th anniversary of Alan Shepard’s
historic flight as America’s first human in space. Coincidentally, it was
Shepard from whom the first Chronicler honorees received their award certificates
Barbree, veteran NBC News correspondent and only member of the media
to have witnessed every NASA crewed launch at Kennedy Space Center, from
Alan Shepard’s Freedom 7 mission in 1961, to the final liftoff (and landing)
of Space Shuttle Atlantis on STS-135 in 2011. Barbree retired from NBC
News in 2017 in his 60th year with the network stationed at Cape Canaveral
Air Force Station and Kennedy.
Covault, writer and reporter with Aviation Week & Space Technology
who authored an estimated 4,000 news and feature stories on space and aeronautics
during his 48-year career. Covault covered some 100 space shuttle launches
and missions. He was to be the first journalist in space (on STS-7 with
Sally Ride), but was replaced by physician astronaut Dr. Norm Thagard to
study space motion sickness after its effect on the STS-5 crew. Covault
retired in 2017.
Diller, a 37-year veteran of NASA Public Affairs at Kennedy known by
many as “The Voice of Kennedy Launch Control.” Among his many missions,
Diller is most proud of providing commentary for the space shuttle launch
of the Hubble Space Telescope in 1990, and all five of its servicing missions.
Diller retired in 2017 after his final on-air launch commentary in April
for the Orbital ATK’s seventh commercial resupply services mission to the
International Space Station.
recipients join a distinguished list of broadcasters, journalists, authors,
contractor public relations representatives and NASA public affairs officers
honored as Kennedy “Chroniclers,” including Walter Cronkite of CBS News,
ABC News’ Jules Bergman and two-time Pulitzer winner, John Noble Wilford
of the New York Times.
a list of “The Chroniclers” and their bios, see:
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