World AIDS Day Event: Lecture and Panel Discussion with James Bunn, co-creator of World AIDS Day
James W. Bunn is the president of Global Health Communications. He’s an accomplished broadcast journalist and producer/writer/director whose work has been recognized with the industry’s highest honors – The Peabody Award, six Emmy Awards, and the Cable Ace Award.
In the early 1980’s, as a broadcast journalist, he began reporting on a little-known story at the time – the AIDS epidemic. In addition to covering the story, he initiated “AIDS Lifeline”, a public awareness and health education campaign that was syndicated to television stations nationwide and honored with a Peabody Award, a local Emmy, and the first National Emmy ever awarded a local station.
At a White House ceremony in 1987 the “AIDS Lifeline” project was honored with a Presidential Citation for Private Sector Initiatives, presented by President Ronald Reagan.
Mr. Bunn was then asked by the U.S. government to take a two-year leave-of-absence living abroad to work for the United Nations. Stationed in Geneva with the World Health Organization, Mr. Bunn was the first public information officer for what is now known as UNAIDS. There he co- created, designed, and implemented the inaugural World AIDS Day observance, the longest-running disease awareness and prevention initiative of its kind in the history of public health.
Nov 28, 2012