Hard hitting, inspiring, intelligent, honest, and direct: these are some of the words used to describe the style and approach of Emmy-award winning broadcaster, Ed Gordon. Known for his stellar interaction with newsmakers from the worlds of politics, entertainment, and sports, his name is synonymous with the “big” interview. Gordon’s knack for landing exclusives and his no-nonsense style make him one of the television’s most respected journalists. Gordon is the host and executive producer of the nationally syndicated one-on-one program Conversations
Hard hitting, inspiring, intelligent, honest, and direct: these are some of the words used to describe the style and approach of Emmy-award winning broadcaster, Ed Gordon.
Known for his stellar interaction with newsmakers from the worlds of politics, entertainment, and sports, his name is synonymous with the “big” interview. Gordon’s knack for landing exclusives and his no-nonsense style make him one of the television’s most respected journalists.
Gordon is the host and executive producer of the nationally syndicated one-on-one program Conversations with Ed Gordon. The signature program allows Gordon to bring newsmakers and celebrities up-close and personal to viewers. Over the years, guests have included: Oprah Winfrey, Denzel Washington, Kevin Hart, Steve Harvey and Janet Jackson among many others.
Gordon continues to be on the forefront of news. He conducted one-on-one interviews with President Barack Obama during his historic presidency. Gordon also anchored BET’s coverage of the important 2012 Presidential election, Obama’s second inauguration, Nelson Mandela’s funeral from South Africa, and the 50th Anniversary of the historic March on Washington.
Gordon also appears twice a week on The Steve Harvey Morning Show where he conducts interviews with top newsmakers of the day and gives his perspective on current national headlines. In addition, he is the host of the nationally syndicated radio program, WEEKend WITH ED GORDON. The 2-hour program is a mix of talk, information, entertainment and music. It’s been called “a fun, smart radio show for grown folks.”
The list of impressive positions Gordon has held over the years includes contributing correspondent for the CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes II and contributor for NBC’s Today Show and Dateline. His diverse style also makes him one of the most versatile people in broadcasting. He also hosted News and notes with Ed Gordon, which aired on National Public Radio and the nationally syndicated television program, Our World and Weekly with Ed Gordon, a fast-paced roundtable talk show that highlighted the week’s most important stories from politics to pop culture on BET.
Gordon distinguished himself during two stints at BET. He’s had many roles at the network including host of BET Tonight, anchor of BET News, and creator of his signature one-on-one series Conversation with Ed Gordon. Over the years, Gordon has covered many of the world’s most defining events. From the historic 2008 United States Presidential election, to the freedom of South Africa’s Nelson Mandela, to the beating of Rodney King, to upheaval in Haiti and Cuba. He’s also provided comprehensive coverage and up-to-the-minute reports on many other domestic and international affairs, including the tragic September 11th attack on America.
Some of Gordon’s other notable works that have garnered the admiration and respect of viewers and colleagues include:
• The infamous O.J. Simpson interview
• An exclusive interview with pop superstar Janet Jackson about her secret marriage and painful divorce
• No holds barred, headline-making interviews with controversial Senator Trent Lott and embattled singer R. Kelly
Gordon’s impressive portfolio also includes conversations with newsmakers the likes of Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, television mogul Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce’, Academy Award winners Jamie Foxx and Halle Berry, as well as Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan, actor Idris Elba and The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, among others.
His three-year period at NBC was just as impressive. A contributor to the Today Show and Dateline NBC, Gordon brought viewers face-to-face with many controversial figures, bringing their stories to light. Most notably was his exclusive interview with Autumn Jackson who unsuccessfully waged an explosive patrimony suit against comedian Bill Cosby.
Gordon also covered many of the day’s top stories at NBC’s sister cable network MSNBC. He won praise for is coverage of breaking news events including the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal and the crash of Swiss Air Flight 111. Gordon started his broadcasting career in the early 1980’s at the PBS affiliate in Detroit.
Gordon is the creator of “Daddy’s Promise” an initiative that encourages fathers to become deeply involved in the lives of their daughters. The project was born after he wrote a story for Essence magazine (December 2006) describing the close relationship he shares with his daughter, Taylor. The article was so popular; it moved the journalist to create this national movement. Gordon and the initiative have been included in fatherhood White House summits with President Obama.
In addition to Emmy, Gordon is the recipient of many other awards recognizing his talent and professionalism. His awards include the NAACP Image Award, as well as the prestigious Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalists. He has also been featured in many national newspapers and periodicals. The Los Angeles Times described Mr. Gordon and his interviewing style, as “forthright and commanding”. Gordon is an alumnus of a special list, PEOPLE magazine named him one of its 50 most beautiful people.
Gordon is also president of Ed Gordon Media, a multi-service production company. The Detroit-born Gordon earned his bachelor’s degree in Communications and Political Science from Western Michigan University.