Legendary CNN Vice President receives first CMEx Exemplar Award

Broadcasting legend Barbara Pyle.
Photograph of Barbara Pyle available here:
1) – CAPTION: CMEx Board Member Gail Moaney of Ruder Finn (right) presents the CMEx Exemplar to Barbara Pyle.

2) – CAPTION: CMEx Board Member Dr. Basil Springer of the Caribbean Business Enterprise Trust (left) congratulates Colin Moore of the Caribbean-American Weekly for journalism excellence.

3) – CAPTION: Zodet Negrón of the Puerto Rico Daily Sun (left) is congratulated by CMEx Vice President, Lelei LeLaulu.

4) – CAPTION: CMEx winners from left: St. Lucian Kamille Huggins (with Carmy Joseph’s award), Zodet Negrón, Barbara Pyle and Colin Moore.

Photos by: Margot Jordan.

CASTRIES, Saint Lucia (December 10, 2009) – A broadcasting legend with journalists from St. Lucia, Puerto Rico and New York were recognized for their outstanding contributions to sustainable tourism development in the Caribbean.

The Caribbean Media Exchange on Sustainable Tourism (CMEx) announced its winners at an awards dinner at Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa and Beach Resort on Sunday night.

Journalism Excellence Awards went to Zodet Negrón of the Puerto Rico Daily Sun, Guyanese-American Colin Moore of the New York-based Caribbean-American Weekly; while Carmy Joseph of Helen Television System in St. Lucia received the Emerging Journalist Award.

Renowned pioneer of environmental television programming, Barbara Pyle, who served as Corporate Vice President of Environmental Policy for the Turner Broadcasting System and CNN’s Environment Editor, received the first CMEx Exemplar Award.

Throughout her extensive career as executive producer and director, she created the popular 113-episode animated series, Captain Planet and the Planeteers and 55 films covering a range of global issues, which have garnered almost 200 industry awards and eight Emmy nominations. Among them is People Count, a 35-part television series which focuses on remarkable individuals leading the way to create a better future.

In 1997, Pyle received the world’s most prestigious environmental honour, the United Nations Environment Programme Sasakawa Prize and used the award to establish the Barbara Pyle Foundation. She also founded and directed the Captain Planet Foundation, which provides grants for hands-on environmental projects involving children.

The journalism and exemplar awards were designed by Stephen Paul’s Photographic Images in St. Lucia.

The CMEx meeting was supported by Almond Resorts, American Airlines, American Eagle, Anse Chastanet Resort, Association of Caribbean Media Workers, Barbara Pyle Foundation, Bay Gardens Resorts, Calabash Cove Resort and Spa, Caribbean Business Enterprise Trust, Caribbean Broadcasting Union, Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility, Caribbean Tourism Organization, CaribWorldNews, Carnival Sailing, Coco Palm, Community Benefit Development, Cotton Bay Village, Counterpart International, East Caribbean Financial Holding Company Limited, Jade Mountain, LUCELEC, Marketplace Excellence, Max Micoud Designs, Palm Haven Hotel, Rendezvous, Ruder Finn, Saint Lucia Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Saint Lucia Tourist Board, Sandals Resorts, Sensible Development Corporation, SpeakEasy M.E.D.I.A. Foundation, Stephen Paul’s Photographic Images, St. Maarten Tourist Bureau, Ti Bananne Caribbean Bistro and Bar, Tourism Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago, and Tropical Shipping.

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