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DRIBBEN, Elizabeth L.

DRIBBEN - Elizabeth L. Passed away on January 20, 2011 after a long illness. Elizabeth was born in Buffalo, NY on August 20, 1937 and was the daughter of the late Louis Dribben and Clara Franklin. A graduate of Lafayette High School (Buffalo) and University of Buffalo, "Liz" enjoyed a four-decade career encompassing almost every aspect of broadcast news from writing to producing to on-air reporting, both locally on Buffalo's WKBW-TV and nationally for CBS News, in both radio and television. A pioneer among women in her field, Dribben continued to mentor younger reporters in her capacity as a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. At CBS from 1972-93, Dribben was principal writer-producer for Mike Wallace and Dan Rather, and produced her own program, One on One, eventually racking up some 2000 in-depth interviews with newsmakers in politics and the arts, from jurist Robert Bork to actress Helen Hayes. Her passion for theatre was legendary. She created and managed the network's (and the world's) first satellite radio unit. Ms. Dribben was a 2001 inductee of the Buffalo Broadcasting Hall of Fame, and a 2008 inductee to the Lafayette High School Hall of Fame. While she leaves no immediate family, she is survived by cousins in Albany, New York City and Israel, with her "family of friends" intertwined world-wide throughout the broadcasting and performance arts world. Elizabeth's generosity extends beyond her life, with the donation of her body to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Contributions in her memory may be made to the University at Buffalo (Attn: Cindy Johannes - E. Dribben Archives, P.O. Box 730, Buffalo, NY) or the Buffalo Broadcasters (Buffalo Broadcasters Association, 5672 Main Street, Williamsville, NY 14221) to help with the archiving of over 2,000 items from Elizabeth's vast portfolio - from personal correspondence to reel to reel tape interviews. Memorial services in Buffalo and New York City will be planned over the next few months. Toot-a-loo, Elizabeth - and spin that prayer wheel for us!

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