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Randy Dixon, Director of the Pryor Center, comes to IABC/Arkansas on Feb. 24

February 24, 2017
11:45 AM to 1:00 PM
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Heifer Village
1 World Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72202
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Randy Dixon is Director of the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History at the University of Arkansas.

When he was named director in 2013, Sen. David Pryor said, "Randy Dixon is a walking encyclopedia of Arkansas history, because of all his years in the news department of Channel 7 in Little Rock. We are very excited that he is taking this position. He will be a great asset to the center.” 

The Pryor Center was established in 1999 with a gift of $220,000 from unexpended campaign funds by then-Sen. David Pryor. In 2005 a $2 million gift from Don Tyson and his family provided an endowment for the center, enabling it to expand its staff and purchase additional equipment. The university Board of Trustees renamed the center in honor of Sen. Pryor and his wife, Barbara.

The mission of the Pryor Center is to document Arkansas history by collecting audio and video interviews and images from the people who have witnessed and been a part of the state’s past. The center staff has compiled hundreds of interviews and images over the past 14 years, and its archive has grown to include 24,000 hours of video and news film, dating back to the 1950s, that was donated by KATV in 2009. The goal of the center is to make this material available to the public and to students and researchers at all academic levels.

Dixon had a 31-year career in the news department at KATV. He began as a news photographer and worked his way up to the position of news director, which he held for 10 years. As news director he oversaw all aspects of all local newscasts and managed a staff of more than 60 people. His work earned 10 regional Emmys, 22 regional and four national Edward R. Murrow awards, more than four dozen Associated Press awards and three Gold World Medals from the New York Festivals. In addition, under his leadership KATV was awarded numerous Telly and Associated Press Mark Twain news-gathering awards. His producing assignments have included most major American sporting events and news stories in every state in the United States, plus international coverage in Europe, South America, Africa and the Arctic. 

He has twice served as president of the Arkansas Associated Press Broadcasters’ Association and was on the board of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Mid-America Chapter for four years. In 2010, he was inducted into the Emmy’s Silver Circle of Achievement.

Dixon founded Dixon Digital Media, a media consulting firm and video production company, in 2011. In August of that year he began working with the Pryor Center to review, evaluate and digitize the KATV archive. 

Dixon attended Hendrix College in Conway and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

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