Lloyd Allen Dobyns, Jr.
born is a former NBC
news reporter and correspondent.
Born in Newport News
, he graduated from Washington and Lee University
in 1957. He started his broadcasting career in his hometown, eventually serving as an anchor at WAVY
television in Portsmouth/Norfolk
/Newport News in the 1960s.
He was with NBC from 1969 to 1986. In 1980 he was a reporter on the successful TV documentary, If Japan can... Why can't we?
about the reasons Japan was a manufacturing powerhouse as US industry struggled to keep up. He hosted Weekend
from 1974 to 1979 and NBC News Overnight
with Linda Ellerbee
(1982-83) before being replaced by Bill Schechner. In 1983, he was the anchor of NBC's short-lived, hour-long Monitor
Next, he got involved in the Total Quality Management
movement, partnering with W. Edwards Deming
. Later he worked at the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot
newspaper and taught journalism at Jacksonville State University
where he became the Ayers Chair in the Department of Communication’s broadcast division.
In 2005, Dobyns began producing podcasts
for Colonial Williamsburg
, interviewing various staff members about their particular specialty at the restored colonial capital of Virginia.
Dobyns has won 28 national awards including a George Foster Peabody medal
. In presenting a 1975 award to Weekend
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