CBS News' Mike Wallace to Receive Research!America Advocacy Award
WASHINGTON—March 21, 2007—Mike Wallace, CBS News correspondent emeritus and mental health research advocate, received the 2007 Research!America Isadore Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion. The award recognizes his achievements in raising awareness about depression and advocating for mental health research.
Wallace was honored March 20, 2007, at the 11th Annual Research!America Advocacy Awards gala at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. George Stephanopoulos of ABC News served as master of ceremonies for the event.
Wallace has brought new understanding and hope to sufferers of depression and other mental illnesses by speaking candidly and in great detail about his descents into and recoveries from depression. He has reached millions regarding the promise of psychiatric research and the needs of psychiatric patients, in part through his memoir Between You and Me and in his 2005 farewell interview on "60 Minutes," for which he has been a correspondent since its 1968 premiere. In his emeritus role, he occasionally contributes to "60 Minutes" and other CBS News broadcasts.
Wallace is a prominent figure in journalism and known for his bold interviewing techniques. He began his journalism career in the 1940s as a radio newswriter and broadcaster in Chicago. He received a Lifetime Achievement Emmy in 2003, which marked his 20th Emmy Award. He also received the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award grand prize in 1996 and was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1991.
Award benefactor Isadore Rosenfeld, MD, of Weill Cornell Medical Center, is widely recognized as one of the country's preeminent physicians. He is health editor for PARADE magazine, the best-selling author of numerous health-related books, a nationally recognized health news commentator and a Research!America emeritus director.
Recipients of Research!America's Advocacy Awards are individuals and organizations that have helped create policies that support research to improve health and bring America's scientists the resources they need, and helped millions of Americans understand the returns of medical and health research in new preventions, treatments and cures.
Previous recipients of the Isadore Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion include ABC News' Sam Donaldson, actor Michael J. Fox and actress Marlo Thomas, national outreach director, St. Judes Children's Hospital.
The other 2007 Research!America Advocacy Award winners are Utah Senator Orrin G. Hatch; David Satcher, MD, PhD, director, Center of Excellence on Health Disparities and Poussaint-Satcher-Cosby Chair in Mental Health at Morehouse School of Medicine and former Surgeon General of the U.S.; the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research; Susan Axelrod, president, Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy; and Nobel Laureates Michael S. Brown, MD, and Joseph L. Goldstein, MD, regental professors, and Donald W. Seldin, MD, chair in internal medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
Research!America is the nation's largest not-for-profit public education and advocacy alliance working to make research to improve health a higher national priority. The 2007 Advocacy Awards represent Research!America's 11th year of recognizing the accomplishments of leading advocates for medical and health research.
# # #