Saturday, September 29, 2012
He is White House correspondent for CNN, but now Dan Lothian has a new title – ‘Ambassador’ for Christ
He receives this prestigious award at the Media Fellowship International Praise Brunch in Los Angeles
By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
LOS ANGELES, CA (ANS) -- Dan Lothian is White House correspondent for CNN, reporting on the activities of President Obama and the administration. He was named to this position in December 2008. Before joining the team in CNN’s Washington bureau, Lothian served as CNN’s Boston bureau chief and correspondent. In addition to reporting, Lothian was responsible for coordinating all news and coverage from the greater-Boston area.
Lothian has also covered the funeral of Rosa Parks, the 2004 presidential campaigns and the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic decision in Brown vs. Board of Education case from Topeka, Kan. In July 2003, he traveled to the Middle East to report on the ongoing tensions and the proposed peace agreements between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
Lothian joined CNN from NBC News where he had worked for seven years as a Los Angeles-based correspondent. Before that, he reported for WCVB-TV in Boston. Previously, he reported for Seattle’s KING-TV, West Palm Beach, Fla.’s WPTV-TV and Chattanooga, Tenn.’s WDEF-TV. Lothian started learning the ropes of broadcast journalism at the age of 16 as a radio announcer for WKES Radio in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Lothian was given the award by Pastor Bob Rieth, Founder and President of MFI, during the 14th Annual MFI Praise Brunch held on Saturday, September 22, 2012 in Los Angeles, for letting his “light” shine for Christ in his media work.
The award is based on the Scripture: “We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.” 2 Cor. 5:20 NIV.
“But I think it’s wonderful to be recognized by an organization that’s been with me when things haven’t always been great. When you’re going through some tough times, I knew that there was someone there you can call up and who can give you the kind of encouragement that you need to make it through your day and that’s what Bob Rieth, the head of Media Fellowship, has been able to do for me.”
During his acceptance speech, Dan Lothian recounted how his Jamaican-born father helps keep his feet on the ground and so I asked him to share more about this.
“At the end of the day, my dad is very proud of me, but every time people walk up to him and ask, ‘Aren’t you proud of your son? Look what he has done. He’s working at the White House for CNN,’ then my dad always says, ‘What I’m proud of is that he’s got his head screwed on tight.’
“That sometimes seems a little harsh, because what you want to hear is your dad saying ‘you’re the greatest’ but what he’s trying to convey is that what is more important than the job I do every day, is that you actually have your life together and that’s something I take from it and it’s something that he tells me just about every day.”
I shared with Mr. Lothian that, during my tabloid days, I often found it difficult to be a Christian in such cynical and secular surroundings, and I wondered if he also found it hard to be a believer in his high-profile job.
“No,” he said. “I mean, I’m not someone who’s going around preaching at people or being a ‘better than thou’ Christian. I go to work to do my job and that’s what I do you when I get ‘on the clock’ and when I get ‘off the clock’. I’m there first and foremost to be a journalist and if people get anything else out of it then that’s something extra.”
With that, Dan Lothian gave out a huge laugh, and then added, “And I remember that I took a picture with her and that’s one of those interviews that I’ll always remember.”
So next time you see him on CNN reporting from the White House, check out to see if you think he looks like Anwar Sadat, but also remember that this highly professional, yet humble journalist, is enjoying his new role as an “Ambassador.”
For more information on Media Fellowship International, please go to: www. www.mediafellowship.org
I would like to thank Robin Frost for transcribing this interview.
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