Lloyd Allen Dobyns, Jr. (born March 12, 1936) is a former NBC news reporter and correspondent.
Life and career
Dobyns started his broadcasting career in his hometown, eventually serving as an anchor at WAVY television in Portsmouth/Norfolk/Newport News in the 1960s. He was with NBC from 1969 to 1986. In 1980 he was a reporter on the successful TV documentary, If Japan can... Why can't we? about the reasons Japan was a manufacturing powerhouse as US industry struggled to keep up. He hosted Weekend from 1974 to 1979 and NBC News Overnight with Linda Ellerbee (1982-83) before being replaced by Bill Schechner. In 1983, he was the anchor of NBC's short-lived, hour-long Monitor.
Next, he got involved in the Total Quality Management movement, partnering with W. Edwards Deming. Later he worked at the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot newspaper and taught journalism at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama where he became the Ayers Chair in the Department of Communication’s broadcast division.
Dobyns has won 28 national awards including a George Foster Peabody medal. In presenting a 1975 award to Weekend, the Peabody committee noted that, "Felicity of style and polished journalistic professionalism are the distinctive wellsprings at the source of 'Weekend', produced and written for NBC by Reuven Frank and Lloyd Dobyns. A once-a-month magazine of television, inquiring into the off-trail, 'Weekend' is hereby honored not only for its content, but also as an instructive example of how the language can be employed with grace and precision."
Lloyd Dobyns co-authored two books with Clare Crawford-Mason:
- Quality or Else: The Revolution in World Business ISBN 0-395-63749-X
- Thinking About Quality: Progress, Wisdom, and the Deming Philosophy ISBN 0-7881-6989-0
- Lloyd Dobyns imparts lessons of a lifetime Warren Watson, American Press Institute, December 27, 2000
- Colonial Williamsburg podcasts with Lloyd Dobyns
- Colonial Williamsburg 2005 Annual Report
- Dobyns To Be Inducted into Virginia Communications Hall of Fame Jacksonville State University, March 31, 2003
- Lloyd Dobyns Bio at the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame (2003) Archived 2006-09-01 at the Wayback Machine