He showed a few of his recent notable cartoons, then cued the music and began dancing to a Bruno Mars song while free-forming a cartoon of Trump and wrote "Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fake."
Former Fox 5 news director Budd McEntee, emcee and past president of PBS Pat Mitchell and Christiane Amanpour after the Hall of Fame dinner. CREDIT: Rodney Hofirstname.lastname@example.org
Diggs, who began his Atlanta career at the Atlanta Journal, was recruited to WAGA-TV in 1982 because the station deemed him so good they gave him on-the-job training to become a broadcast journalist. It worked. He has been with the station for 36 years. His focus has been covering the Atlanta mayors, from Andrew Young to Keisha Lance Bottoms. Former mayor Shirley Franklin introduced Diggs and gave him grudging respect for his hard work, even when it didn't always flatter her administration.
Amanpour, who spent her first four years at CNN in Atlanta but left in 1987, built a reputation for rigorous reporting worldwide.
"She has more balls than any man," said Eason Jordan, who worked with her for many years and introduced her.
During her speech, Amanpour noted that she landed on the foreign desk of CNN in part because she was foreign. But she had several bosses who saw her real potential and gave her a chance to become a foreign correspondent. She thrived.
She espoused the need for people on different political sides to speak in reasonable ways and lauded the Atlanta Press Club debates as following that path. She also gave sincere praise for Ted Turner, who created CNN, noting his efforts to reduce the nuclear arms race and improve relationships with the Soviet Union with the Goodwill Games. "He taught us about giving back," she said.
Full disclosure: I’ve been a board member of the club since 2009.
Fox 5 reporter Dale Russell, a 2013 Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame inductee, and Melora Rivera, daughter of Amanda Davis. CREDIT: Rodney Hoemail@example.com
Melora Rivera, on behalf of her mom Amanda Davis, accepted the induction from Davis' former boss Budd McEntee, a 2016 Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame inductee.
Eason Jordan, who helped launch CNN, introduced Christiane Amanpour. CREDIT: Rodney Hofirstname.lastname@example.org
Fox 5's Morse Diggs with former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin, who introduced Diggs. CREDIT: Rodney Hoemail@example.com
Mike Luckovich dances to "24K Magic" after his Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame induction acceptance speech. CREDIT: Rodney Hofirstname.lastname@example.org
The audience gives Mike Luckovich a standing ovation after his little acceptance speech/dance/cartoon creation. Pat Mitchell (left), Morse Diggs (center) and Maria Saporta are readily in view. CREDIT: Rodney Hoemail@example.com.