TV's Heather Unruh '89 to be Honored at June 1 Boston Fundraiser
May 3, 2011
May 3, 2011, Greencastle, Ind. —Heather Unruh, evening news anchor at Boston's WCVB-TV and 1989 graduate of DePauw University, is among 100 individuals who will be honored at a June 1 gala benefiting the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. "The fab fete at the Westin Boston Waterfront, co-chaired by Jonathan and Patti Kraft, will honor 100 people who have made strides in the fight against cancer," reports the Boston Herald. The newspaper notes that actor Matt Damon is also on the list, along with American Idol also-ran David Archuleta."
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The event's website notes that Unruh "has raised awareness of lung cancer and become a potent advocate for lung cancer education and research. A disease stigmatized by its strong link with smoking, Heather has educated her large viewing audience in the complexities of this disease, the nation's number one cancer killer and a disease that also affects nonsmokers. Heather has received numerous awards from the American Cancer Society and Uniting Against Lung Cancer for her compelling portrayals of patients with lung cancer."
According to Jeffrey Engelman, M.D., Ph.D., "Using her deep understanding of the disease and her great gifts as a communicator, Heather has had a profound and positive impact on the well-being of her audience and transformed public perception of this disease and its victims."
Heather Unruh anchors the early- and late-evening newscasts at WCVB, where she has worked since June 2001 and interned as a DePauw senior.Back