Catherine Crier

An Emmy, duPont-Columbia, and Gracie Allen Award-winning journalist, Catherine Crier joined Court TV’s distinguished team of anchors in 1999. She served as Executive Editor, Legal News Specials, in addition to hosting Catherine Crier Live, a fast-paced daily series, covering the day’s “front-page” stories. Crier, a Texas-bred independent with a spirited passion for justice, released her first book, the 2002 New York Times Bestseller, The Case Against Lawyers , an eye-opening and plain-spoken treatise on the law. Prior to her accomplished career in television journalism, Crier presided over the 162nd District Court in Dallas County, TX, as a State District Judge. When she took the bench in 1984, she became the youngest elected state judge in Texas history.

Crier currently manages her production company, Crier Communications, developing television, film and documentary projects. She is involved with many organizations and serves on several boards, including Soldiers For The Truth, dedicated to objective military reporting and assistance to America’s troops; PAX, an organization working to reduce gun violence in America that targets the nation’s children; The NY Law School Committee on Media; and Law and Developments in Literacy, working to expand education for girls in the nation of Pakistan.

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You Make a Difference
Empowering the individual in a society that often discourages leadership, creativity and assertiveness.

The Supreme Court and You
A controversial yet enlightening discussion of the Supreme Court, its power and influence, and the role of politics within the nation’s third branch of government, this presentation will reveal the backstage maneuvering, the political strategizing and the extraordinary influence these nine justices have over our every day lives.

Behind the Bench: Big Trials of the 21st Century
Basing her remarks on the many dramatic cases she has covered Catherine Crier will take you behind the scenes in the country’s “big trials” including those of Scott Peterson, Michael Jackson, Robert Blake, Phil Spector, Michael Skakel, David Westerfield and Winona Ryder.

The World is Watching
In this presentation, Catherine Crier examines the extraordinary changes the U.S. has undergone in recent years, and the important role of television and the media in initiating and sustaining these events.

Government and Politics in the 21st Century
As the world changes and border lines blur between countries’ economies and populations, who really governs in the emerging global society? Catherine Crier evaluates the status and future of citizenship and democracy in the new millennium.

Examining Current Events
Catherine Crier takes a timely look at the domestic and international scene within historical context and political analysis to better understand this moment in history and where the future may lead.

Full Biography

An Emmy and DuPont-Columbia Award-winning journalist, and the youngest state judge to ever be elected in Texas, Catherine Crier is now a managing partner in Cajole Entertainment developing television, film and documentary projects.

Crier, a native of Dallas, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and international affairs from the University of Texas and received a Juris Doctor in two and a half years from Southern Methodist University School of Law. She began her career in law in 1978 as an Assistant District Attorney then Felony Chief Prosecutor for the Dallas County District Attorney’s office. From 1982 to 1984, Crier was a civil litigation attorney with Riddle & Brown, handling complex business and corporate matters. In 1984, she was elected to the 162nd District Court in Dallas County, Texas as a State District Judge. During her tenure on the bench, Crier also served as Administrative Judge for the Civil District Courts and worked extensively with the ABA, National Judicial College, and Texas Legislature on legal issues. Shortly after her reelection (unopposed) to a second term on the bench, a chance meeting with a television news executive led to a dramatic career change.

In September, 1989, Crier was hired to co-anchor the premiere evening newscast on CNN. Additionally, she co-anchored Inside Politics, all election coverage, and hosted Crier & Company, a talk show covering news, politics and international issues.

Crier joined ABC News in 1993, where she served as a correspondent and as a regular substitute anchor for Peter Jennings on ABC’s World News Tonight, as well as a substitute host for Ted Koppel’s Nightline. She also worked as a correspondent on 20/20, the network’s primetime news magazine program. Crier was awarded a 1996 Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for her work on the segment “The Predators” which examined nursing home abuses throughout the United States.

In October of ’96, Crier became one of the founding television anchors for the Fox News Channel, with her prime time program, The Crier Report, a live, hour-long nightly show, during which she interviewed the leading newsmakers of the day. Additionally, she co-anchored the evening news, election coverage and Fox Files, a magazine news show aired on the parent network.

Catherine joined Court TV’s distinguished team of anchors in November 1999. She served as Executive Editor, Legal News Specials, in addition to hosting Catherine Crier Live, a fast-paced, live daily series, covering the day’s “front-page” stories, until joining Cajole Entertainment in 2007.

Crier released her first book, the NYTimes bestseller, The Case Against Lawyers in October, 2002. Her second book, A Deadly Game: The Untold Story of the Scott Peterson Investigation became a #1 NYTimes bestseller and was followed by Contempt—How the Right is Wronging American Justice, Final Analysis: The Untold Story of the Susan Polk Murder Case. Her fifth book, Patriot Acts—What Americans Must Do to Save the Republic, was published on November 1, 2011.

Bruckner Chase

On August 24, 2010, at 4:00 AM, surrounded by a community of supporters, Bruckner Chase embarked on a 25-mile marathon swim to connect Santa Cruz to Monterey while also binding those on land with the Monterrey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Those twenty-five miles developed into an epic fourteen-hour journey in which he encountered everything from massive jellyfish to blue whales, fog to white-capped swells. Read more

Mehmet Oz

One of the most accomplished heart surgeons in the world, Dr. Mehmet Oz shares his guidelines for good health and health care that, if adopted, can change your life and save others’ lives.

Given the title “America’s Doctor” by Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Mehmet Oz is Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University. Dr. Oz also directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Mehmet Oz’s research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complementary medicine, and health care policy. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books and has received several patents. Dr. Mehmet Oz performs over 350 heart operations annually.

Mehmet Oz, M.D., is a renowned New York Times best-selling author. In 2008 he was listed as one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People.” Host of the nationally syndicated Dr. Oz television show, Oz is the resident health expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show, is a regular guest on Good Morning America, Larry King Live, and has a regular column in Esquire magazine. He educates audiences about the inner workings of the human body and promotes well-being in a fun, interesting way that motivates audiences to live better.

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A Healthier YOU
Based on his five best-selling books, including YOU: The Owner’s Manual, Dr. Oz shares with audiences his philosophies on living better and ways to achieve optimum health. His common-sense, inspiring presentation includes quizzes, trivia, and facts that are informative and amusing. Audiences leave feeling not only empowered to take charge of their health in small, everyday ways, but able to make life decisions toward healthier lifestyles.

Other topics include:

  • You: The Owner’s Manual
  • You: The Smart Patient
  • You: On a Diet

Full Biography

Although he’s pioneering new ways of thinking about medical care, Dr. Mehmet Oz, an award-winning heart surgeon with an undergraduate degree from Harvard and a joint MD and MBA from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Wharton Business School, wasn’t always sure medicine was his calling. “As a child I wanted to be either a pro athlete or a heart surgeon,” says Oz. “I failed at the former, so I pursued the latter. In reality, they are scarily similar professions. You have to deliver the goods every day. And no one cares how well you performed yesterday.”

Today, Dr. Oz is Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University and host of The Dr. Oz Show. He directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital, where his research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complementary medicine, and health care policy. Dr. Oz has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books and has received several patents. He performs over 300 heart operations annually.

For over five years and 55 episodes, Dr. Oz was a featured health expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show; he also served as chief medical consultant to Discovery Communications, where his Transplant! series won both Freddie and Silver Telly awards. In addition, Oz has appeared on Good Morning America, Today, Larry King Live, and The View, and was a guest host on the Charlie Rose show.

The author of four New York Times bestsellers – You: The Owner’s Manual, You: The Smart Patient, You: On a Diet, and You: Staying Young – and the award-winning Healing from the Heart, Oz also has a regular column in Esquire and Reader’s Digest. His article “Retool, Reboot, and Rebuild” was awarded the 2009 National Magazine Award for Personal Service.

His approach incorporates both traditional Western techniques for treating disease and alternative ideas about healthy lifestyle choices that contribute to overall wellness. He has successfully treated patients – some of them famous celebrities – with a combination of cutting-edge Western techniques and alternative Eastern therapies such as acupuncture and yoga. He encourages patients to become partners with their doctors.

In addition to belonging to every major professional society for heart surgeons, Dr. Oz was elected as a Global Leaders of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, and won the prestigious American Association for Thoracic Surgery Gross Research Scholarship. He was voted “The Best and Brightest” by Esquire magazine and was elected one of the Doctors of the Year by Hippocrates magazine and one of the Healers of the Millennium by Healthy Living. He is annually elected as one of the best physicians in the USA by the Castle Connolly Guide as well as other ranking groups. In 2006 he was honored as one of The Harvard 100 Most Influential Alumni in 02138 Magazine. In 2008, Dr. Oz was honored as one of the Top 100 influential people in Time magazine for his work.

Naomi Judd

Grammy Award winning singer Naomi Judd makes up half of country music’s most famous mother/daughter duo, The Judds. Over the course of her stunning career, Naomi won 5 Grammy Awards and an array other music awards and honors. After receiving Hepatitis C diagnosis, Naomi retired from music, but continues to inspire others through humanitarian activities and awareness campaigns. Naomi’s meteoric rise to country music superstar and American icon – from her humble beginnings as a single mom in a small Kentucky town – is an inspiring story of overcoming the odds through optimism and hard work. Read more

Jungle Boogie Crew

Jungle Boogie Crew

Jungle Boogie Crew made their mark on Season 5 of Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew

Since the hit MTV show Jungle Boogie Crew has continued to expand their resume with performances including Disney’s Shake it Up, Old Navy’s Gobblepalooza Dance campaign, and working with top choreographers such as Fatima Robinson and Rozero Mccoy! Read more

Matt Roloff

Matt Roloff

Matt Roloff is best known for starring in the hit TLC reality show ‘Little People, Big World.’ In over 225 episodes, tens of millions of people around the world have followed the lives and challenges of Matt and his family at their home in Oregon, but there is more to Matt Roloff’s story than the TV show and being a devoted husband and father of four children. Matt operates a successful family farm, has authored two books, was a top salesman for Fortune 500 companies, and currently owns a manufacturing company specializing in mobility equipment designed for little people. Read more

Richard Roundtree

Richard Roundtree

Don’t believe the hype: breast cancer doesn’t discriminate. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2009 about 1,910 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among men in the United States. After an early diagnosis, actor Richard Roundtree, better known as the world’s beloved Shaft, thought he might become a statistic before he became proactive in his treatment. Fast forward 16 years later and you’ll find the Hollywood vet quite vocal about his breast cancer survival story as he encourages others to pay attention to their health. Read more

Curtis Sliwa

Curtis Sliwa’s core ideas resonate well beyond the streets safeguarded by The Guardian Angels. With a unique combination of conviction and charisma, he often speaks before corporate teams, media professionals, senior executives, non-profit associations and educators. Drawing upon community activism as a backdrop, Sliwa draws direct comparisons. The challenge is this: “You have to get involved in the process. Don’t sit on the sidelines.” Sliwa has been privileged to speak for a variety of esteemed organizations including The Children’s Miracle Network, the YMCA, the Boy Scouts of America, Rotary International, the Young President’s Organization, News America Marketing, the New York State Broadcasters Association, the Willow Creek Association, Bob Proctor’s Life Success Consultants and The Salvation Army. His work has been recognized by Presidents Nixon, Reagan, Clinton and Bush; applauded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani; and commended by business, entertainment, and civic leaders worldwide.

PROGRAMS:

Empowerment: “If it’s to be, it’s up to me.”
Curtis speaks out on “empowering the powerless”, engaging individuals in helping themselves rather than looking for relief or protection from government or other resources. He talks about the lifelong benefits of empowerment and self-help to the individual, citing examples from his own personal experience growing up and as founder of The Guardian Angels.

Leadership: One Individual CAN Make a Difference.

Curtis encourages individuals of all walks of life to take on leadership roles and build effective teams. Instead of waiting for others to step up to the plate, we need to assume an active role, and recognize that one man/woman CAN make a difference. He describes what it takes to be a leader, drawing from his personal experience founding and leading The Guardian Angels for the past 28 years. Curtis is adept at customizing this presentation to resonate with groups represented by all ages and walks of life, in corporate, education, or community organizational settings.

Violence Prevention: Anti-Bullying, Anti-Gangs and Internet Safety
Curtis calls upon schools, church groups, parent and community organizations to take on the problem of violence in their worlds by becoming actively engaged in violence prevention efforts. He raises awareness about the safety threats posed by bullying, gangs and Internet predators and criminals, and outlines measures to safeguard children and families against them.

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Full Biography

Curtis Sliwa is a pioneer who forged his grassroots activism into a global vocation. Curtis’ driving force was motivated by his unadulterated intention to better his community. Although offered a partial scholarship to study political science at Brown University, Curtis would find himself expelled from the prestigious Brooklyn Prep School during his senior year for student activism. In lieu of a brick and mortar education, Curtis enrolled in the reality of Fordham Road…a crime ridden section of the Bronx.

As night manager of the local McDonald’s, Curtis instituted a community clean-up program supported and blessed by the company. Local volunteers dubbed the “Rock Brigade,” painted over graffiti, cleaned up vacant lots, boarded up vacant buildings and planted trees and gardens in the Fordham neighborhood.

In the late 70s, determined to take back the community, Curtis expanded his neighborhood program to patrol the Number 4 Train, one of the worst subway lines in New York City, then known as the “Mugger’s Express.”

Curtis recruited a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic team of volunteers known as the “Magnificent Thirteen.” These volunteers rode the subway between the toughest stops and used the legal concept of citizen’s arrest to detain gang members and criminals for police. Initially they encountered resistance and skepticism from both transit and local police, however doubt was replaced with trust, as volunteers became role models.

This non-prejudicial approach was indicative of Curtis’ multi-tiered and tactical plan to alter the infrastructure of the community. He was determined to unearth the uncut neighborhood gems, and teach them to polish and shape themselves through developing self-respect and respect for others. Curtis armed these forerunners of The Guardian Angels with nothing more than common sense, self-control and martial arts training. He inspired communities to take responsibility, which resulted in the formation of what we now call Neighborhood Watch Groups.

As the original thirteen grew to be hundreds, a more organized structure was needed, resulting in the birth of The Guardian Angels in February, 1979. The Guardian Angels has grown to 60 chapters throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Brazil and Japan.

The red beret, first worn to symbolize courage, has become a worldwide icon for safety education. Curtis is recognized as one of the most effective and respected grass roots leaders and activists of the past quarter century.

Curtis continues to implement and enhance programs of personal, neighborhood, cyberspace and educational safety. While the street patrol component continues to thrive, his ultimate objective is to provide viable solutions to educational and classroom safety challenges. With Curtis at the helm, The Guardian Angels has evolved into a renowned organization focused on their groundbreaking work in developing curriculums to address the critical issues that threaten safe and effective education.

Chi Chi Rodriguez

What separates Chi Chi Rodriguez from the rest is that he has coupled his success on the golf course with a strong personal desire to make a positive impact through his Chi-Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation. Chi Chi’s foundation is home to troubled and abused youngsters, and its mission is simple: to give kids a chance. “I figure kids are the future. If I made it, anybody can do it. I think I can be a good role model for them because they can look at me and say, ‘Look, he’s a small guy, very poor, and he worked hard and made it.’ If I can help one kid become successful, that’s all I ask for.” Chi Chi Rodriguez’s philanthropic activities on behalf of indigent children through his youth foundation have shown that he is not only a champion in golf, but a champion in life. Legendary on the course for his famous sword dance when he holes a putt, Rodriguez has demonstrated time and again that he’s a great golf champion, and an even greater champion to underprivileged youths and the Hispanic community.

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Make it Great: Pride, Passion, and Relentless Determination

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ BOOK

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Full Biography

Juan Chi Chi Rodriguez is one of the great showmen in sports history. In a career which spans four decades, Chi Chi Rodriguez won 22 Senior PGA Tour victories, 8 regular PGA Tours and has career earnings of over $7 million dollars.

Chi Chi Rodriguez was born in Rio Piedras in 1935, and as a young boy helped his father work the hot, dusty sugar cane fields. He began caddying at the age of six and actually learned how to play golf with clubs fashioned out of guava tree limbs and tin cans hammered into balls.

Chi Chi’s golf expertise began at the age of 12, when he shot a 67. Chi Chi Rodriguez became known for his eye hand coordination and imagination skills that more than 40 years have help him overcome all kinds of obstacles.

It has been said that pound for pound, Chi Chi Rodriguez is the longest hitter in the history of golf. At 5’7″ and weighing 132 pounds, the wiry Puerto Rican has at times driven a golf ball over 350 yards. He has consistently been at over 250 yards throughout his career.

Chi Chi’s talent extends beyond what he does on the golf course, as he has a strong desire to make a positive impact on today’s youth. He has founded the Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation in Clearwater, Florida, which is a home to troubled and abused youngsters.

Chi Chi’s incredible career includes winning PGA tournaments four times in each of the 1990-91 seasons and was the only winner of back to back events in 1991. He became the first player on the Senior Tour to win the same event three consecutive years, set a senior tour record with eight consecutive birdies en route to a win at the 1987 Silver Pages

Classic, represented Puerto Rico on 12 World Cup Teams, won the Hispanic Achievement Recognition Award (’86) and Replica’s Hispanic Man of the Year (’88), and was inducted into PGA’s World Golf Hall of Fame in 1992.

Despite a strong, successful career, Rodriguez‘s health started failing him and it showed in his game. He fiddled with equipment, worked on his game, tried to find out what was wrong, but couldn’t figure it out. He was feeling weak, had severe stomachaches, and a pain persisted in his jaw, but Chi Chi Rodriguez never saw a doctor. He didn’t believe much in medicine, so he left it unattended.

In October 1998, Chi Chi Rodriguez had a heart attack just before he was to play in a Senior PGA Tour event in California. Fortunately, with the help of doctors and modern-day medicine, Rodriguez has recovered and we will continue seeing him on the golf course doing his famous sword dance when he holes a putt.