Lou Dobbs, who served as Master of Ceremonies at the Awards Dinner, is the chairman and CEO of space.com, a website for news, entertainment and educational content about space. The venture was launched on July 20, 1999, after Mr. Dobbs left his post as anchor of CNNs Moneyline, a position he held for 19 years. In conjunction with NBC, he will be producing a monthly financial newsletter and a syndicated radio program.
Mr. Dobbs joined CNN when it launched in 1980 as chief economics correspondent and anchor of Moneyline. He also was a corporate executive, having served as president of CNNfn, executive vice president of CNN, and a member of CNNs executive committe. He founded CNNfn and CNNfn.com. Mr. Dobbs also anchored CNNfns Business Unusual, which examines business creativity and leadership.
He received the George Peabody Award for outstanding coverage of the October 1987 stock market crash. He received the Luminary Award from the Business Journalism Review for changing the landscape of business journalism in the 1980s. He has also received award from CableACE, Front Page, Janus and Emmy awards.
Mr. Dobbs graduated from Harvard University with a degree in economics. He is a member of the Planetary Society, the Society of Professional Journalists/Sigma Delta Chi, the Overseas Press Club, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Association, the American Economics Association and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
He ranked second on TJFRs annual list of the 100 most influential business journalists in 1998.