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WPLG’s Michael Putney Receives Honorary Degree During NSU Commencement


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L to R: Dr. George L. Hanbury, NSU’s president and CEO, Michael Putney, Ralph V. Rogers, Ph.D., provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs (behind), Dr. Fred Lippman, chancellor, Health Professions Division, Dr. Barry J. Silverman, vice chair, NSU’s Board of Trustees.

FORT LAUDERDALE/DAVIE, Fla. – Much lauded WPLG-TV political commentator and “This Week in South Florida” host Michael Putney received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters during commencement ceremonies at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) on Friday, August 17. Putney was the keynote speaker at the event, attended by more than 600 graduates and their families and friends at the university’s main campus in Davie, Florida.

Putney began his career in journalism in 1966, first as a radio reporter and later a radio news director in Columbia, Missouri, where he also worked as city editor at The Columbia Daily Tribune. A presence in South Florida news for more than 30 years, his commitment to truth in reporting and the public’s right to know has resulted in two Emmy Awards for his achievements in broadcast journalism.


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About Nova Southeastern University (NSU): Located in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida, NSU is ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s Top 200 National Research Universities and is a dynamic, private research university providing high-quality educational and research programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and first-professional degree levels. Established in 1964, NSU now includes 16 colleges, the 215,000-square-foot Center for Collaborative Research, a private JK-12 grade school, the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development with specialists in Autism, the world-class NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, and the Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center, which is Florida’s largest public library. NSU has campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico, while maintaining a presence online globally. Classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU is one of only 50 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification, and is also the largest private institution in the United States that meets the U.S. Department of Education’s criteria as a Hispanic-serving Institution. For more information, please visit


August 21, 2018

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