Lloyd Dobyns

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Lloyd Allen Dobyns, Jr. born (1936-03-12) March 12, 1936 (age 81) is a former NBC news reporter and correspondent.

Born in Newport News, Virginia, he graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1957. He 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.[citation needed] 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.[1]

In 2005, Dobyns began producing podcasts for Colonial Williamsburg, interviewing various staff members about their particular specialty at the restored colonial capital of Virginia.[2][3]


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."

Dobyns' work has also earned a DuPont-Columbia Award, a 1982 Humanitas Prize and two Christophers.

He became a member of the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame in 2003.[4][5]


Lloyd Dobyns co-authored two books with Clare Crawford-Mason:


  1. ^ Lloyd Dobyns imparts lessons of a lifetime Warren Watson, American Press Institute, December 27, 2000
  2. ^ Colonial Williamsburg podcasts with Lloyd Dobyns
  3. ^ Colonial Williamsburg 2005 Annual Report
  4. ^ Dobyns To Be Inducted into Virginia Communications Hall of Fame Jacksonville State University, March 31, 2003
  5. ^ Lloyd Dobyns Bio at the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame (2003)