I’ve volunteered at City Harvest for many years. It’s one of the few places where individuals, instead of groups, can sign up and work events. It’s also one of the most rewarding things I do. Volunteering last week reminded me of why I love City Harvest, and why you should, too!


City Harvest does many important things, and Mobile Markets are among the most important programs that City Harvest operates. The markets are set up in low income neighborhoods and in areas considered “food deserts.” And City Harvest delivers the food directly to people who need it most. I see it first hand when I volunteer at these events.


Last weekend I volunteered at a Mobile Market at the Astoria Houses in Queens. I’ve lived in Queens for 8 years and I never knew this place existed. It’s an area unknown to many people, but not City Harvest. They set up four huge tents, and piled tons of food beneath them. Literally, tons of food.


They had watermelons, tomatoes, onions, and corn. I worked the watermelon table, handing out large, heavy fruit to people. I got a pretty good workout. Each person got one portion of each item. In other mobile markets, people with more family members got bigger portions depending on the food and supply that day.


Dozens of people were already in line when I got there. And hundreds of people streamed through the line during the two hours we were there. It felt good to help. What struck me was the people, grateful, smiling, who depend on this food. They made me grateful that I am involved with an organization that meets people’s needs on the ground.


And City Harvest does more than hand out food. They teach people how to use the food they’re given. At this Mobile Market, nutrition volunteers made a salsa made from the onions, tomatoes, and corn given out that day. It was delicious!

If you’re looking for an organization to support, or want to volunteer, City Harvest is worthy of your time and money. I think it’s one of the few organizations where you can see the results for yourself.

Duane TollisonComment

Our show, Today in New York, on WNBC-TV, was nominated for a New York Emmy Award for our work covering the snow storm in January of 2015. I remember that was a crazy day. Glad our work was recognized!

Duane Tollison


I won't lie, I wanted to win. We didn't. We lost against the World News Tonight special, "Nelson Mandela: A Man Who Changed The World." It was a special, I'm sure, they had months to prepare. After all, the civil rights icon had been ill for a long time.

The CBS News Correspondent in Johannesburg had been feeding back information for weeks before he actually passed. By contrast, our team, at CBS This Morning, Saturday, had just five hours to put together a live broadcast. I call it "the grind."

The CBS Evening News' "50th Anniversary of JFK's Assassination" was also nominated in the "Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin, or Breaking News" category. We had a slim chance to win in a category I thought was right for us.

I moped. A bit. But truly, I am honored to be nominated and proud of our work. And, I'm grateful to work with such talented people. I'm also grateful to be in such impeccable company. Really, I was in the same room with Norman Lear, Paul Haggis, and writers from Frontline, The Daily Show, and countless others. And I got to wear a tux like George Clooney! 

It was still a seriously good night.

So, maybe next time. I'm already looking forward to the rest of this year; I resolve to think bigger, work harder, and do better work.

Thank you, and good-night.

Look What Came In The Mail

I'm incredibly grateful and excited to be nominated for a third time for a Writers Guild Award.

The Competition is stiff. Our entry is up against a report on the legacy of Nelson Mandela, and a 50th anniversary report on J.F.K.

More information about Writers Guild Awards can be found here

Duane Tollison
Third Nomination!

I'm very honored to be nominated for a third Writers Guild Award. It's my first time being recognized for my work on TV.

Chip Sorrentino, Bruce Meyer, Bill Crowley, and I were nominated for a two-hour broadcast of CBS This Morning, Saturday.

I'm humbled by the very impressive competition. Of course, I'm grateful to be nominated.

Duane Tollison