The late Liz Dribben scaled the Everest of broadcast journalism alongside Mike Wallace, Dan Rather, Charles Osgood, Charles Kuralt and Walter Cronkite. Through 21 years as a producer, writer, reporter and interviewer at CBS News in New York, she contributed her formidable talent and discerning critical eye to the betterment of the careers of several of the most distinguished journalists in American broadcasting history.
But the foundation that formed the greatness of her CBS years from 1972 through 1993 was created in Buffalo, where Liz was one of the most memorable personalities on WKBW-TV (Channel 7). The Lafayette High school and University of Buffalo graduate started in 1959 as a publicist and production person. By 1964, with â€œDialing for Dollarsâ€ five days a week, her landmark one-on-one interviews on weekends and a daily morning newscast, Liz elbowed her way into a medium that previously positioned women into limited roles. She eventually left and moved to the Big Apple in 1969 and blazed her own trail.
The Buffalo native went on to work as a commentator at WNYC-FM, hosted talk shows at WEVD Radio and taught broadcast journalism at Columbia University. She passed away on January 20, 2011 after a long illness.