Lloyd Dobyns

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Lloyd Allen Dobyns, Jr. born is a former NBC news reporter and correspondent.

Born in Newport News, Virginia, 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 in Jacksonville, Alabama 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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