Fox News' Carlson to speak at NACDS Foundation Dinner
The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation Dinner will feature Gretchen Carlson — host of Fox News’ “The Real Story” — as the event’s speaker. Carlson replaces “Saturday Night Live” head writer Colin Jost, who could no longer appear due to unforeseen circumstances, according to the Arlington, Va.-based trade group.
“We are thrilled to present to NACDS Foundation supporters a true professional who is on the leading edge of journalism,” NACDS Foundation President Kathleen Jaeger said. “While Gretchen Carlson is widely recognized and respected for her remarkable journalism career, her leadership in children’s health issues also will be of particular interest and appreciation for the NACDS Foundation family. She serves as a National Trustee for the March of Dimes, with which the NACDS Foundation has worked closely on issues including Zika awareness and prevention. Also, this year she created the Gift of Courage Fund to empower young girls by helping them build self-esteem and confidence.”
Carlson has been named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2017, and has hosted her Fox News show for seven years. She got her start as a political reporter, then anchor and reporter in Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Dallas. She joined CBS in 2000 as a co-host of the “Saturday Early Show.” She released her second book, “Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back,” in October and she is a member of the board of directors for the Catherin Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary in Newtown, Conn., NACDS said.
“Gretchen Carlson will contribute tremendous energy, passion and insights to our evening and we look forward to welcoming her,” Jaeger said.
The event also will see the NACDS Foundation awards its highest honor on Texas physician Umair Shah, who is the executive director and local health authority for the Harris County (Texas) Public Health organization and president of the National Association of County and City Health Officials. He will receive the foundation’s 2017 Excellence in Patient Care Award.