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Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
October 13, 2011
112th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 157, No. 153 — Daily Edition
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A TRIBUTE TO RITA COSBY
(Extensions of Remarks - October 13, 2011)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E1846] A TRIBUTE TO RITA COSBY ______ HON. EDOLPHUS TOWNS- of new york in the house of representatives Thursday, October 13, 2011 Mr. TOWNS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute and to honor Ms. Rita Cosby, a charismatic New Yorker who's energy and passion for her work is an inspiration to us all. Prior to joining network news, Rita was an anchor/reporter for CBS affiliates in Bakersfield, California and Charlotte, North Carolina. During her tenure there, she broke numerous stories, reporting that Susan Smith drowned her young sons and that the father of NBA superstar Michael Jordan was murdered. Her investigative report inside a Tijuana, Mexico prison exposed government corruption and allowed an American, who was held unlawfully, to be freed. Honors for the three-time Emmy' winner include the Matrix Award, Headliner Award and Jack Anderson Award for journalism excellence. She was also selected by Cosmopolitan Magazine as a ``Fun and Fearless Female.'' A recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Lech Walesa Freedom Award, she hosts the National Memorial Day Parade broadcast to all US military installations around the world. A highly sought-after keynote speaker, Rita has talked to major groups all over America, including heads of state in Washington, D.C., ambassadors and foreign ministers at the United Nations, as well as for countless celebrity, charity and especially military/veterans events from coast to coast. Her first book, Blonde Ambition, was a New York Times bestseller and called ``The most talked about book in America'' by Extra. Her second book, Quiet Hero: Secrets From My Father's Past, is the most personal and important story of her life, as she uncovered an amazing history of heroism and courage involving her own father and shares the incredible journey in this highly acclaimed and poignant memoir. As a result, her father Richard Cosby, was awarded a special recognition by the Medal of Honor Society for his bravery. The book has raised money for the USO to help wounded soldiers and their families. She has headlined veterans' events with Admiral Mike Mullen, The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as with performers such as Tony Orlando and Charlie Daniels. Because of Rita's ``extraordinary journalism and exemplary service on behalf of her community,'' October 11th, 2010 was officially named ``Rita Cosby Day'' in the State of New York. Rita earned her bachelors' degrees from the University of South Carolina, graduating with honors. She grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut and currently resides in the New York area. Mr. Speaker, I would like to recognize Rita Cosby for her outstanding contribution to the fields of literature and journalism. ____________________