Oakland, Calif. -- Well-known cable-industry leaders
William Bresnan and Judith McHale were singled out last week for their efforts in
promoting minority hiring in the industry and encouraging youthful voluntarism.
Bresnan Communications' president will be the honoree
at the annual Walter Kaitz Foundation Fund-Raising Dinner in New York in September. He
will be honored for many contributions, from building his first cable system at the age of
25, to testifying before congressional committees on various cable-related issues, the
Barry Babcock, vice chairman of Charter Communications,
will serve as chairman for the dinner -- the biggest fund-raising event for the
foundation, which helps to place qualified minorities in management positions within the
The foundation also said last week that it added a
"General Employment Referral Program" for minority applicants who don't
meet the educational or on-the-job-experience requirements for the traditional Kaitz
Discovery Communications Inc. president McHale will receive
a congressional award this month honoring her for the work that she does with young
McHale and retired Army General Colin L. Powell will get
the "Leadership Award" -- a nonpartisan award given annually by the
congressional leadership through the Congressional Award Foundation.
The honor is meant to reward people who are dedicated to
the promotion of volunteerism, initiative and achievement in America's youth. Pop
star Mariah Carey will also receive an award at a ceremony to be held Wednesday (April
McHale became DCI's president in 1995. Under her
leadership, the company has created two philanthropic programs -- the Discovery Channel
Foundation and the Discovery Channel Global Education Fund.
The education fund -- which provides telecommunications
equipment and educational materials to rural and underdeveloped areas -- set up a project
site in South Africa in 1997. A village was hooked up with satellite equipment, Discovery
programming and educational resources.
Other sites are planned for Zimbabwe and Latin America.
States News Service contributed to this story.