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Bob Dotson

Author and Correspondent, NBC News

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NBC News Correspondent Bob Dotson has a unique approach. For more than three decades, he's traveled this country finding stories of people who are practically invisible, the ones who quietly change our lives, but don't send out press releases. They may not run for president or go to the moon, but without their contribution, the kind of country we know would not exist.

His reports, "American Story with Bob Dotson," are seen on "Today" and as hour-long specials on MSNBC. He was also the writer and host of "Bob Dotson's America," a series of half-hour programs on the Travel Channel, and the author of three books: one for aspiring journalists, "Make it Memorable," (Bonus Books); the second a memoir, "In Pursuit of the American Dream," (Athenaeum, NY). He most recently released "American Story: A Lifetime Search for Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things," in which he presents a road map to the unsung heroes with thoughtful solutions to problems we all face, incredible ideas that work, and blueprints to living our dreams. His literary work won the George Washington Honor Medal for excellence.

He has received more than 100 awards for his work in broadcast journalism, including five national Emmys and nine nominations. On Sept. 27, 2010, his report on the Fighting Grossmans -- eight brothers who fought in World War II simultaneously, the last of whom worked as a Wal-Mart greeter at age 90 -- won an Emmy for Outstanding Feature Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newcast.

In addition, the Radio and Television News Directors have chosen Dotson to receive the Edward R. Murrow award for Writing a record five times. The Society of Professional Journalists picked Dotson for the "Best Network Feature Reporter." His work has also won top journalism awards from the National Press Photographers, DuPont-Columbia and the Robert F. Kennedy Foundation.

Dotson's stories have taken him to every state, many times, and around the world. He is an internationally acclaimed documentary producer. His film, "El Capitan's Courageous Climbers" (NBC Productions,) was the winner of seven International Film and Video Festivals and was awarded documentary's highest honor, the CINE Grand Prize.

Over the years Dotson saved more than 6,000 original story tapes, whenever his bosses, looking to save space, tossed them out. He preserved not just the stories themselves, but every field cassette. For three decades, they were maintained at his own expense in air-conditioned rooms -- first in his basement and then, as the collection grew, in warehouses.

NBC donated that archive to the Oklahoma Historical Society. All of Dotson's stories are now available to scholars at the Society's new 64 million dollar museum next to the state capitol.

Dotson began his broadcasting career at the NBC station in Oklahoma City, WKY-TV (now KFOR-TV,) where he was director of Special Projects. In that post, he produced and directed 19 documentary programs from 1969 until 1975. He joined NBC News in 1975 as a reporter at WKYC-TV, the NBC television station in Cleveland. Two years later, he opened NBC's first news bureau in Dallas from which he covered Central America. In 1979, he moved to the NBC News bureau in Atlanta. In addition to his "Today" and "NBC Nightly News" assignments, he also worked on several NBC News magazine programs.

Dotson was born in St. Louis, Mo. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism and political science from Kansas University (1968) and a Master of Science in television and film from Syracuse University (1969) where he was a Graduate Fellow and Outstanding Masters candidate. While attending college, he was a reporter and photographer for KMBC-TV in Kansas City, Missouri and was news director and reporter for KFKU-KANU-FM in Lawrence, Kansas.

Dotson lives in New York City, with his wife, the former Linda Puckett. They have one daughter, Amy.

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American Story: A Lifetime Search for Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things

American Story: A Lifetime Search for Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things

Speaking Topics
  • The Extraordinary in the Ordinary

  • Bob Dotson: Seeking the Extraordinary in Ordinary Lives

    With a record four Edward R. Murrow Awards under his belt, NBC News’ Bob Dotson will say his strategy is to let his images tell much of the story. He shares inspiring tales of ordinary Americans who do extraordinary things, with the kind of twist that will make morning viewers “late for the bus.” In one segment, he chronicles brothers who found their father’s sunken World War II submarine in the Bering Sea when the Navy couldn’t. In another, he shares the ordeals of an Idaho doctor who is willing to fly to other towns and cities to see patients. Each of the stories explores why seemingly average Americans endure obstacles and hardships to achieve results that touch the heart. In truth, it is Dotson’s persistence in tracking down these stories that is equally inspiring. Audiences won’t want to miss this heart-warming presentation that lifts spirits and instills hope.

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    Booking fees for Bob Dotson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Bob Dotson, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Bob Dotson?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Bob Dotson for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Bob Dotson for your next private or corporate function.
  • WHAT IS A FULL-SERVICE TALENT BOOKING AGENCY?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Bob Dotson or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Bob Dotson or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Bob Dotson

Author and Correspondent, NBC News

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Bob Dotson Biography

NBC News Correspondent Bob Dotson has a unique approach. For more than three decades, he's traveled this country finding stories of people who are practically invisible, the ones who quietly change our lives, but don't send out press releases. They may not run for president or go to the moon, but without their contribution, the kind of country we know would not exist.

His reports, "American Story with Bob Dotson," are seen on "Today" and as hour-long specials on MSNBC. He was also the writer and host of "Bob Dotson's America," a series of half-hour programs on the Travel Channel, and the author of three books: one for aspiring journalists, "Make it Memorable," (Bonus Books); the second a memoir, "In Pursuit of the American Dream," (Athenaeum, NY). He most recently released "American Story: A Lifetime Search for Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things," in which he presents a road map to the unsung heroes with thoughtful solutions to problems we all face, incredible ideas that work, and blueprints to living our dreams. His literary work won the George Washington Honor Medal for excellence.

He has received more than 100 awards for his work in broadcast journalism, including five national Emmys and nine nominations. On Sept. 27, 2010, his report on the Fighting Grossmans -- eight brothers who fought in World War II simultaneously, the last of whom worked as a Wal-Mart greeter at age 90 -- won an Emmy for Outstanding Feature Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newcast.

In addition, the Radio and Television News Directors have chosen Dotson to receive the Edward R. Murrow award for Writing a record five times. The Society of Professional Journalists picked Dotson for the "Best Network Feature Reporter." His work has also won top journalism awards from the National Press Photographers, DuPont-Columbia and the Robert F. Kennedy Foundation.

Dotson's stories have taken him to every state, many times, and around the world. He is an internationally acclaimed documentary producer. His film, "El Capitan's Courageous Climbers" (NBC Productions,) was the winner of seven International Film and Video Festivals and was awarded documentary's highest honor, the CINE Grand Prize.

Over the years Dotson saved more than 6,000 original story tapes, whenever his bosses, looking to save space, tossed them out. He preserved not just the stories themselves, but every field cassette. For three decades, they were maintained at his own expense in air-conditioned rooms -- first in his basement and then, as the collection grew, in warehouses.

NBC donated that archive to the Oklahoma Historical Society. All of Dotson's stories are now available to scholars at the Society's new 64 million dollar museum next to the state capitol.

Dotson began his broadcasting career at the NBC station in Oklahoma City, WKY-TV (now KFOR-TV,) where he was director of Special Projects. In that post, he produced and directed 19 documentary programs from 1969 until 1975. He joined NBC News in 1975 as a reporter at WKYC-TV, the NBC television station in Cleveland. Two years later, he opened NBC's first news bureau in Dallas from which he covered Central America. In 1979, he moved to the NBC News bureau in Atlanta. In addition to his "Today" and "NBC Nightly News" assignments, he also worked on several NBC News magazine programs.

Dotson was born in St. Louis, Mo. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism and political science from Kansas University (1968) and a Master of Science in television and film from Syracuse University (1969) where he was a Graduate Fellow and Outstanding Masters candidate. While attending college, he was a reporter and photographer for KMBC-TV in Kansas City, Missouri and was news director and reporter for KFKU-KANU-FM in Lawrence, Kansas.

Dotson lives in New York City, with his wife, the former Linda Puckett. They have one daughter, Amy.

Bob Dotson Videos

  • Storyteller Bob Dotson Enthralls Webster University Community ...

Bob Dotson Books

Bob Dotson Speaking Topics

  • The Extraordinary in the Ordinary

  • Bob Dotson: Seeking the Extraordinary in Ordinary Lives

    With a record four Edward R. Murrow Awards under his belt, NBC News’ Bob Dotson will say his strategy is to let his images tell much of the story. He shares inspiring tales of ordinary Americans who do extraordinary things, with the kind of twist that will make morning viewers “late for the bus.” In one segment, he chronicles brothers who found their father’s sunken World War II submarine in the Bering Sea when the Navy couldn’t. In another, he shares the ordeals of an Idaho doctor who is willing to fly to other towns and cities to see patients. Each of the stories explores why seemingly average Americans endure obstacles and hardships to achieve results that touch the heart. In truth, it is Dotson’s persistence in tracking down these stories that is equally inspiring. Audiences won’t want to miss this heart-warming presentation that lifts spirits and instills hope.

FAQs on booking Bob Dotson

  • How to book Bob Dotson?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Bob Dotson for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Bob Dotson, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Bob Dotson or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Bob Dotson?

    Booking fees for Bob Dotson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Bob Dotson, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Bob Dotson?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Bob Dotson for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Bob Dotson for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Bob Dotson or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Bob Dotson or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Bob Dotson is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Bob Dotson for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Bob Dotson generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Dan Buettner, Dave deBronkart, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Kyle Maynard and James Mapes. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Bob Dotson for an upcoming event.

Bob Dotson Speaker Videos

  • Storyteller Bob Dotson Enthralls Webster University Community ...

Bob Dotson Speaking Topics

  • The Extraordinary in the Ordinary

  • Bob Dotson: Seeking the Extraordinary in Ordinary Lives

    With a record four Edward R. Murrow Awards under his belt, NBC News’ Bob Dotson will say his strategy is to let his images tell much of the story. He shares inspiring tales of ordinary Americans who do extraordinary things, with the kind of twist that will make morning viewers “late for the bus.” In one segment, he chronicles brothers who found their father’s sunken World War II submarine in the Bering Sea when the Navy couldn’t. In another, he shares the ordeals of an Idaho doctor who is willing to fly to other towns and cities to see patients. Each of the stories explores why seemingly average Americans endure obstacles and hardships to achieve results that touch the heart. In truth, it is Dotson’s persistence in tracking down these stories that is equally inspiring. Audiences won’t want to miss this heart-warming presentation that lifts spirits and instills hope.

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