DUANE TOLLISON
 

Writer, Editor & Producer

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News writers are vibrant and resourceful story-tellers. We help people understand the events and ideas that impact and shape our world. We communicate relevant, factual information in a way that is engaging and dynamic, and give our listeners and viewers knowledge and power: awareness of consequences and tools to act. We distill complicated situations and concepts, from politics and war, to medical studies and natural disasters, into stories that connect with people emotionally, that people feel compelled to share at home and at work.

 
 
 

Resume

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I'm a content producer for "Today in New York" on WNBC-TV. I write succinct scripts and edit video to craft compelling stories (which anchors read on air) that make people lean in.  I also write headlines for the news crawl and I write the newscast seen in NYC taxis. I also conceive, research, and write the trivia segment on Saturday morning.

I've written for CBS This Morning Saturday, the CBS Weekend Evening News, and CBS News Radio network.

I've produced national broadcasts, published an essay in the New York Times Magazine, interviewed members of Congress and cabinet secretaries, and I judge the News and Documentary Emmy Awards.

I enjoy volunteering with City Harvest and with my congregation at Trinity Lutheran Church, in Queens.


 
 

Experience

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Content Producer

WNBC-TV, TODAY IN NEW YORK

2014-Present

 

Writer & Producer

48 HOURS: THE WIDOW podcast

2017

 

Writer, Editor & Producer

CBS NEWS RADIO NETWORK

2001-2016; 2017-Present

 

Writer

CBS THIS MORNING, SATURDAY

2013-2014

 

Writer

CBS EVENING NEWS, WEEKEND EDITION

2012-2013

 

Senior Producer & Interim News Manager

FOX NEWS RADIO

2000-2001

 

News Production Assistant

1010 WINS

1999-2000

What I do

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– Writes compelling scripts for anchors, distilling complex events into powerful stories; edits accompanying video.

– Writes concise story headlines for news crawl.

– Creates engaging and entertaining themes and questions for live, weekly trivia segment.

– Research, conducts, and edits interviews for national broadcast.

– As Assignment Editor: Drives breaking news coverage; delegates assignments to staff of writers, desk associates, and stringers.

– Conceives story ideas, following from inception to implementation and coverage.

– As Copy Editor: Builds and edits national broadcasts, coordinating live elements such as video and audio feeds, and correspondents in the field.

– Edits scripts of correspondents and anchors, checking for accuracy, grammar, and style.


Some Selected Accolades

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Edward R. Murrow Award "Overall Excellence" (9 awards, including a record seven consecutive times)

Edward R. Murrow Award "Continuing Coverage" 

National Headliner Award "Continuing Coverage"

Writer Guild of America "Outstanding Writing" (3 nominations)

New York Emmy Award (nomination)

 
 

How I Spend My Time

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Volunteering with City Harvest for 10+ years; Writing and editing the #OneGoodStory newsletter; Reading; Judging the News and Documentary Emmy Awards; Taking photos


Stuff I'm Good At

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High-fives; Photoshop; Determination; Singing country at karaoke; Adobe Audition; Dalet; Enthusiasm; Jutel Radio Man; Riding a bicycle; Driving a stick shift; Operating a manual camera; Knowing the difference between complement and compliment