August 22, 2008 -- Santa Barbara, CA -- World-renowned, award-winning broadcast journalist Forrest Sawyer will add his voice to an awareness-raising campaign for the Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (http://www.curefa.org/).
Forrest Sawyer worked 11 years with ABC News, where he frequently anchored ABC World News Tonight and Nightline and reported for all ABC News broadcasts. He anchored the award-winning prime-time newsmagazines "Day One" and "Turning Point" He recorded exclusives from all over the globe, and earned numerous awards for his reports and documentaries, including Emmy Awards in 1992, 1993, and 1994.
He left ABC News to become a news anchor for both NBC and its cable counterpart, MSNBC, where he was a regular substitute for Brian Williams as anchor for The News with Brian Williams. He left NBC News in 2005 to become founder and president of Freefall Productions, where he produces documentaries and serves as a media strategist and guest lecturer.
He moderated a UCTV broadcast on the subject of The Future of Multi-Media Digital News at UCSB in 2008.
FARA, the organization to which Sawyer is lending is voice, is an organization dedicated to curing Friedreich's ataxia (FA) through research. FARA was founded in 1998 by a group of patient families and three of the world's leading FA scientists. It was staffed and managed as an all volunteer organization until late 2005. FARA's leadership and numerous patient families and friends have raised critical funds over the years to support FA research. The cause of FA and specific mechanisms leading to damage in FA patients are now better understood due to these efforts and allow for more targeted approaches to treatment which are currently being developed for clinical trials.
Mr. Sawyer will record the spot at PanRight Productions in Santa Barbara (www.panright.com).
For more information about FARA, FreeFall Productions or PanRight Productions, please contact:
Juliann M. Green/Chief Development Officer
Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance
Mary Thomas Joseph/FreeFall Productions Inc.
Perry Anne Norton
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