July 17, 1986
The President today announced his intention to nominate Richard W. Carlson to be an Associate Director of the United States Information Agency (Broadcasting). He would succeed Ernest Eugene Pell.
Since March 1986 Mr. Carlson has been serving as the Acting Associate Director for Broadcasting, and at the same time, he has served as Director of Public Liaison since December 1985. Previously, he was senior vice president of the Great American Bank from 1977 to 1983; and after his resignation he maintained his position with the company as the chief spokesman in radio and television advertising and as a media consultant. During his career in broadcasting, which has spanned a 14-year period, 1966 - 1980, he has worked as a reporter and anchorman in various California stations. Mr. Carlson has won various awards in the broadcasting field, including the George Foster Peabody Award for meritorious service to broadcasting in May 1976.
Mr. Carlson attended the University of Mississippi. Mr. Carlson is married, has three children, and currently resides in Washington, DC. He was born on February 10, 1941, in Boston, MA.