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Bob Losure Biography
Former CNN Headline News anchor, correspondent, author, and two-time cancer survivor Bob Losure continues to be in demand in 2012 as spokesman, emcee, and facilitator for companies including Delta Airlines, Mercedes-Benz, RadioShack, BellSouth, OfficeMax, the IT Asset Management Association, and the Outdoor Advertising Association of America. In 2011 as well as 2010, he served in three roles at the IT Asset Management National Conventions in Las Vegas and Nashville, introducing speakers, keynoting, and doing on-camera interviews with top members of the association.
In recent years, top companies have used his on-stage skills to interview top newsmakers including Walter Cronkite, Donald Trump, G-E Chairman Jeffrey Immelt, Delta C-E-O Richard Anderson, and Cancer Treatment Centers of America Chairman Dick Stephenson. In September, 2010, Bob traveled to Atlanta and Delta Airlines headquarters to moderate a televised 90-minute Q & A session featuring top Delta Airlines executives and over 200 Delta flight attendants. The five-camera webcast, viewed by Delta employees in Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York, and L.A., was in preparation for a union vote by 20,000 Delta flight attendants worldwide.
Over the last three years, Bob has introduced speakers and held question-and-answer sessions for conventions including KioskCom at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Novartis Pharmaceuticals in Pasadena, CA., and Edison Electric Institute in Toronto and Wash. DC.
In 2010 he gave his 200th keynote speech on winning his personal battle against testicular cancer in a dramatic evening presentation before cancer survivors at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia. In 1985 Bob had multiple operations and sessions of chemotherapy to survive and take a seat in the anchor chair at CNN Headline News in Atlanta. His courageous story has been told to cancer groups nationwide, including M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and Provena St. Joseph`s Medical Center in suburban Chicago.
During his career in Atlanta at CNN, Bob filed live reports from the scene of the Loma Prieta earthquake in San Francisco, Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega`s capture and return to Miami, the Avianca Airliner crash in New York, and Nelson Mandela`s historic visit to Atlanta.
More recently, Bob served as moderator of a two-hour global warming debate at in Tucson for 10 chapters of the Chicago-area Young President`s Organization, and posed questions to top-selling members of the international JC Bamford heavy construction equipment company with live interviews on-stage at The Venetian in Las Vegas
Five Seconds to Air: Broadcast Journalism Behind the Scenes
Former CNN Headline News anchorman Bob Losure loosens his newscaster`s tie for a candid and humorous look at what can and will go wrong when you`re doing live television, in his new book, Five Seconds To Air: Broadcast Journalism Behind the Scenes, published by Hilisboro Press and now on many bookstore shelves nationwide.
Losure draws on 30 years experience in broadcasting, from his beginnings in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, to CKLW Radio in the Motor City at age 22, and finally to anchoring at CNN Headline News, known in its early days as the Chicken Noodle Network.
Losure has some fascinating behind-the-scenes stories to tell, all chronicled in the book -- barging unannounced with a live crew into Tina Turner`s dressing room chatting with a pajama-clad Ted Turner in the middle of the night at the old CNN facilities watching fellow CNN Headline News anchor Don Harrison narrowly escape broadcasting disaster when told to read a bulletin that President Bush had died, only to find out later that the source was an institutionalized mental patient calling from a pay phone being on the wrong side of the microphone when Ed Bradley spars with him on 60 Minutes over of some controversial John F. Kennedy documents.
On a more serious note, Five Seconds to Air relates Losure`s uneasy departure from CNN after eleven years and gives his uncompromising view of where CNN should be headed. The book describes his fight through three surgeries and three sessions of chemotherapy to win a battle against cancer in 1985, a victory that propelled him to seek the CNN job. Seen around the world, his reporting of such history-making events as the San Francisco earthquake, Manuel Noriega`s capture, and Nelson MandeIa`s visit to America has given him a level of experience few national and international anchors have been privileged to have.
Who Will Win the 2012 Presidential Race?
...Get the Latest From A Man Who Upholds the Tradition of an Unbiased Journalist, Former National News Anchor Bob Losure...
Bob Losure has spent over 25 years in the media spotlight, moderating gubernatorial and congressional debates, and asking the tough questions to politicians who say one thing and do another. Bob`s keynote gives an up-to-the-minute assessment of where the Presidential polls stand, and a look at what Americans are worried about leading right up to the election.
Bob gives you his no-holds-barred opinion on which news organizations, which reporters, which anchors carry hidden agendas, which ones are in the hip-pocket of "their" candidates, and which ones are truly probing beneath all the hype to get the real stories.
Lights... Camera... Cancer!
Bob gives audiences a heartfelt look at his own battle with testicular cancer, the same disease that almost claimed the life of world-renowned cyclist Lance Armstrong. Bob not only conquered the disease, he convinced CNN management that he had "the right stuff" and moved into the CNN anchor chair just three months after recovering from chemotherapy.
How Cable News is Fighting For Viewers
Bob takes a one-hour look at how Bill O`Reilly, Piers Morgan, and Chris Matthews are giving a hard edge to opinion-driven news, and polarizing an American public that's increasingly turning to the Internet.
"Bob, thank you from all of us at Sierra Pacific Resources and Nevada Power for sharing your talent at the June '05 Edison Electric Institute Convention. You received excellent reviews, and your expertise and professionalism lent a sparkle that made us all shine."
Lynn Ousley, Asst. to the CEO, Sierra Pacific Resources
"Tremendous work... You were stellar... the attendees loved your work. Mark your calendar for April 8-10, 2006, to emcee for us again in Las Vegas."
Lawrence Dvorchik, COO, KioskCom.com
"You added sensational star-power to our event! Bob, you did stupendous work as the Master of Ceremonies for our event! Truly, you helped make the 2005 Grand Opening of the White House a most spectacular and memorable occasion!"
Dan Maddux, Executive Director, The White House Multi-Media Center
"Thanks for the tremendous manner in which you served us as host. We are truly grateful for the level of professionalism you contributed for the 2004 event, Bob."
Mike Varney, Vice-President, Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce
"I'm looking forward to learning about how you developed and honed your outstanding communication skills which were so evident during our OfficeMax Vendor Summit in Las Vegas. If you ever need an endorsement as a speaker or MC for another organization or company, please put me on the top of your list."
Michael Feuer, Chairman and CEO, OfficeMax
"Based on the feedback I'm hearing in the hallways, we're going to have to establish a chapter of the Bob Losure Fan Club here at San Jose Medical Center! Your warmth and sincerity just brought the audience together in a way that was, simply, so very `us.'"
Leslie Kelsay, Asst. Administrator, San Jose Medical Center
"I can't thank you enough for bringing such inspiring words, candor and heartfelt feelings to the M. D. Anderson Network "Living Fully With Cancer" patient conference in Houston. Your presentation, your message... and your superb skills as master of ceremonies Friday night were indeed the highlights of the weekend."
Judy Gerner, Director, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston