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FOX 5 reporter Linda Schmidt to host Steuben Parade Banquet
After her successful gig at the 50th Anniversary Steuben Parade in 2007, renowned New York TV personality Linda Schmidt will be back this year. The Fox 5 reporter, who is of German descent herself, will be the MC at the Parade's Gala Benefit Banquet on Friday, September 19, at the New York Hilton. She will also be a commentator on Parade day and interview participants and spectators live on Fifth Avenue.
Tickets for the Banquet are still available; please contact Chairwoman Geraldine Brand at 917-929-6260. Tickets for the Steuben Parade Grand Stand and the Friendship Party in Central Park can be ordered by calling Herb Seeff at 914-439-7638.
Linda Schmidt is a reporter at Fox 5 News and has been reporting news for over 15 years. Her hard-hitting investigative and consumer-related reports have garnered seventeen Emmy nominations and five Emmy Awards. Schmidt's work has also been recognized with awards from the Associated Press, the New York State Broadcasters Association, The New York Press Club and the Newswomen's Club of New York.
Schmidt has covered the country's biggest stories, including the World Trade Center attacks, the crash of TWA flight 800, the Susan Smith case, the deaths of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and John F. Kennedy Jr., and the 9/11 Commission Hearings. In addition, Schmidt has reported exclusive stories including unprecedented access to Newark, New Jersey Police Department and frequent exclusives with the NYPD. She has also traveled around the world covering news for Fox 5 in Israel, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Europe.
Born to an Army family in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Schmidt graduated high school in Denville, New Jersey. She earned a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from Penn State University. After graduation, she worked for Q100 radio station in Easton, Pennsylvania before moving to Springfield, Missouri to work for KOLR-TV as a reporter and weekend weather forecaster. Her career path then took her to New Haven, Connecticut to work for WTNH-TV, on to WCAU-TV in Philadelphia and ultimately back home to New York.
Schmidt is also active in the community, reading to elementary school children, serving as emcee for various fundraising events and non-profit organizations and charities, especially causes involving children with autism, homelessness, and people who suffer from spinal cord injuries.
Photo by Walter Pfaeffle