Gulf Coast PRSA, Press Club of Southwest host ‘Legends of Media’ holiday social

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Holiday party featured stories from media legends Bob Orr and Denise LeClair Cobb

The Gulf Coast Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and the Press Club of Southwest Florida recently partnered to host a “Legends of Media” holiday social on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at the Hilton Naples.

Former CBS news correspondent Bob Orr and the first CNN anchor Denise LeClair Cobb took a walk down memory lane to tell stories about their early careers and the memorable media changes and challenges over the years.

Orr, the Justice and Homeland Security correspondent for CBS News, retired from the network in February 2015.

He led CBS News’ coverage of most of the major stories and events of the two prior decades – from 9/11 to Sandy Hook to the killing of Osama bin Laden to the Boston Marathon bombings to the major aviation disasters such as the explosion of TWA flight 800.

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Cobb had a long career in television, including being an award-winning television producer, on-air talent, manager, consultant and station owner. Cobb was one of the original news anchors at CNN and was chosen to anchor the premiere newscast on CNN Headline News, making her the only person to appear on both networks’ first day.

After leaving CNN, she helped launch the Travel Channel and then formed her own production company.