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|TV journalist speaker for chamber session|
Oak Grove native Leo Honeycutt will be the featured speaker at the May membership meeting of the Winnsboro-Franklin Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, May 7.
The meeting will be held at the Princess Room in Winnsboro beginning at noon.
Tickets are limited in number and can be purchased through the Chamber office. Tickets are $9 for Chamber members, $11 for non-members.
We very pleased to have Leo join us for our meeting," said Chamber President Lindy Price. "He has certainly had an interesting and very successful career, and the fact that he's writing the definitive book on Edwin Edwards has all the ingredients of a very entertaining meeting."
In 2005, Honeycutt was selected by former Louisiana Governor Edwin W. Edwards as his official biographer. After four years of exhaustive research and interviews with the controversial former governor, publication for the authorized Edwards biography is slated for Fall, 2009.
Honeycutt is an award-winning television journalist of 28 years whose credits include CBS News, ABC's Good Morning America, NBC's Today Show, and CNN as well as an exclusive in the Oval Office with President Ronald Reagan (on his birthday in 1983), a rare interview with Muhammad Ali, and being the first Louisianan to conduct a live interview with space shuttle astronauts in orbit.
Honeycutt began his television career at KNOE in Monroe as a reporter and anchor in the late 1970s, working with Kay Williams LaFrance-Knight, Art Angelo, Earl Casey, Heath Allen, Sailor Jackson and June Taylor. In 1979, he started a two-year stint at KABC-TV in Los Angeles working with Regis Philbin on the forerunner of Live with Regis & Kelly.
While in California, he graduated from the United States' premiere film school, the American Film Institute, meeting and working with such notables as Barbra Streisand, Steven Spielberg, Kris Kristofferson, Francois Truffant, George Peppard, Stevie Nicks, Penny Marshall and Charlton Heston.
From 1986 to 1991 and again from 1993 to 1999, Honeycutt anchored south Louisiana's popular morning television show, 2une-In, based in Baton Rouge at WBRZ. While there, he made cameo appearances on national ABC soap operas, All My Children (kissing Susan Lucci) and One Life to Live.
He has won numerous Associated Press awards for journalism, including Feature Reporter of the Year in 1996.
Today, Honeycutt serves as President of Honeycutt Communications after having conceptualized and designed the marketing plan for former Louisiana Governor Mike Foster's "The Spirit of Louisiana" fire truck campaign. The campaign raised one million dollars to make Louisiana the first to give New York a fire truck in the aftermath of September 11th.
Christened by President George W. Bush at the White House, the truck was officially handed over to New York on NBC's The Today Show with Katie Couric and Matt Lauer, also arranged by Mr. Honeycutt. In all, a record nine vehicles were given to FDNY, the most from any state in the union.
As a result, Mr. Honeycutt was nominated by The Holmes Report, a leading international publication in the marketing and public relations industry, as one of only five nominees chosen worldwide for the 2003 Silver Sabre awards.
Mr. Honeycutt also travels extensively appearing on television and radio throughout the United States cooking easy Louisiana recipes on behalf of Louisiana's largest food corporation, Bruce Foods-Cajun Injector, as well as promoting events in his home state.
Honeycutt grew up in West Monroe and is married to the former Jackie Plunkett of Epps, La., a financial analyst with Salomon Smith Barney. Their daughter, Danielle, a graduate of LSU Marketing, New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, and Neiman-Marcus, is the assistant director for the Foundation for Historical Louisiana.
Son Jarrod is a psychology major at LSU, coaches baseball at University High and works three jobs.