NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Two members of the CBS 2 family were honored at the 2011 Faces of Black History Award Ceremony.
Sportscaster Otis Livingston and Producer Charles Williams, Jr. both received accolades at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel from Tuesday afternoon.
The annual event salutes black history makers throughout the community and country, from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks to present day heroes.
Their faces were included on the 2011 Faces of Black History poster, which will be given away during Black History Month, with no purchase necessary, at the more than 600 McDonald’s restaurants throughout the Tri-State area.
A multiple Emmy award winner, Livingston joined WCBS-TV in 2009 as CBS 2 HD’s Sports Anchor for weekends and weekdays.
He has reported on the NBA Finals, The Stanley Cup Finals, The World Series, The U.S. Open Tennis Championship, two U.S. Open Golf Championships, as well as horse racing’s Triple Crown races and the New York City Marathon.
In 2004, he had the honor of carrying the Olympic torch through Harlem as part of the torch’s world tour leading up to the Summer Olympics in Athens.
Later that summer, he was a studio host and field reporter for NBC’s coverage of the Athens Games and in 2006, a field reporter for the Torino Olympics. Otis also served as a sideline reporter for the New York Giants pre-season games.
Livingston resides with his wife and five children in New Jersey.
Houston, Texas native Charles E. Williams, Jr. is a veteran broadcaster, businessman and philantropist.
Among his accolades are recognition by the American Cancer Society (1987), the National Education Teachers Award (1988), the National Association of Black Journalists Award (1990), an Emmy Award for the eight-part series “Defining Moments” (2004), and multiple nominations for his work on the adoption story “Bringing Home Rosie.”
In 2003, Williams founded the TV and web integration company WEG Media group, and among its projects are the Obama Campaign PSA, Christie Whitman Gubernatorial Profiles, Women of the Movement series, and the National Urban League’s “I am Empowered” campaign.
As for his philanthropy, Williams works with the youth empowerment organization Success Ladder Enterprises, and provides toys and essentials to children in shelters and foster homes.
Williams resides in Essex County, N.J.