Edward N. Eisen, an award-winning journalist and Freedoms Foundation recipient, tells the story of some of the world's most famous, most infamous people he has met in a 52-year career as a newsman, broadcaster, publicist and author. His story is marked not only by success but heart-wrenching failure: failure of a career that went bust when newspapers -- one by one -- began to fold. Failure -- almost from the start -- when as a 16-year-old -- he spent a week in one of Philadelphia's most notorious prisons for a crime he did not commit.
It's the story of how one survives when a life-long passion is extinguished. And how a miraculous transformation altered his life's path. Among those Ed met, wrote about or represented were Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II, the first prelates to retain a Jewish spokesperson. Hear the curious back stories about President Gerald Ford, Mother Teresa, world-boxing champion Joe Frazier, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, CBS anchor Walter Cronkite, the Rev. Martin Luther King, comic Jackie Gleason, Nobel Prize winner John Forbes Nash, Jr., two Philadelphia Mafia bosses, a mass murderer and more. Visit Penshurst State School and Hospital, the House of Horrors and find out how Ed's work as an investigative reporter helped shutter the institution.
Hear about "A Saturday Night Firing," the day Ed's newspaper career blows up. And how Ed reinvents, transforms himself in a new role, a lesson from which many jobless can take courage. Ed taught broadcast news journalism at Temple University, won four top journalism awards at The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Bulletin and The Fort Lauderdale News, worked as a top 40 DJ and an announcer at a major Florida TV station. And meet the mentors who were stepping stones on a path not always straight, but from which many lessons were learned. Lessons he shares with his audiences and in his online memoir, Soul for Sale.
Over the years Ed has been a featured speaker at a variety of organizations: academic, business, professional, houses of worship and retirement communities. Audiences are moved to laugh, to cry, to reassess their own futures. He tells his audiences that among the keys to happiness is not money but giving back. He has taught English as a second language to immigrants as a volunteer for over two decades. He established the free Russian Jobs Network, a career and job placement non-profit and served as a reader for the blind. His presentations run 60 minutes, augmented by personal photographs and a Q&A.
- Freedoms Foundation Award for article: Protecting America's Freedoms
- Keystone Press Award for Philadelphia Inquirer article: "A Father Weeps"
- American College Public Relations Association Award for KYW NewsRadio series: You and Your Child
- Keystone Press Award for News Feature story in The Philadelphia Inquirer on Risky Banking Loans
- Keystone Press Association Award for year-long series on the uncovering of warehouse-like conditions at Penshurst State School and Hospital
- Distinguished Service Award by Pompano Beach Jaycees for Outstanding Community Service
- Public Relations Society of America Award for planning and promoting the 41st International Eucharistic Congress
- Philadelphia Business Journal Award for Marketing/Communications: Top of the List Award