WRAL-TV’s Parish Honored with Barton Alumni Award

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WRAL-TV’s Parish Honored with Barton Alumni Award

Phyllis Parish-Howard
WRAL-TV Director of Local Production Phyllis Parish-Howard is honored with the Alumna of the Year Award at Barton College.

One of WRAL’s own was recently honored at her Alma Mater.  WRAL-TV’s Director of Local Production Phyllis Parish Howard received the Alumna of the Year award at Barton College.

“I’m overwhelmed to receive this award,” said Parish.  “It’s really special when you know you’re chosen out of all the alumni at Barton College. I love this place!”

Parish was instrumental in working with WRAL to equip Barton College with a broadcast control room and editing lab.

Since graduating in 1979, she has also become active in many local charities, including the Wake County Meals on Wheels program.

CBC President & CEO Jim Goodmon sent remarks which were shared at the awards ceremony. 

“Over the years I have come to understand that when Phyllis takes on a project she will get it done … it will be successful,” said Goodmon.  “In fact, she has produced many award-winning programs for WRAL-TV and I look forward to even more. Phyllis is loyal to WRAL-TV, and to me, just like she is loyal to Barton.”

Parish Family
Parish is joined at the event by her parents (l to r); sister, Tricia; daughter, Gabby; and husband, Seab.
NOTE: Sadly Parish’s mother Aileen passed away in the days between the awards ceremony & the posting of this capcom article. CBC offers our deepest condolences to Parish & her family.

Phyllis Parish-Howard
WRAL-TV’s Phyllis Parish-Howard thanks Barton for the honor and says she is humbled by the award.

In 2007, Goodmon and Capitol Broadcasting made gift to Barton in honor of Parish, establishing the Phyllis Parish Howard Television Control Room, an investment in Barton’s broadcasting and video production capabilities.

“Phyllis is also special because of her positive spirit and kind attitude,” Goodmon continued.  “She will tell you what she thinks but you will be smiling while she does it. (I don’t know how she does that!)

“Phyllis, I am very proud of you. I don’t think I could have a better professional colleague and I don’t think Barton could be honoring a more deserving alumna.”

The accolades kept coming as Barton College President read accolades of Parish’s dedication to the college.

Former classmate and longtime Barton College Director of Public Relations Kathy Daughety had this to say:

“Throughout her life, Phyllis Parish Howard has met challenges with grace and perseverance and usually turned those challenges into opportunities.  Yet, I believe her greatest accomplishment has been her ability to remain authentic — to herself and to all with whom she comes into contact.  Her sincerity and genuine interest in others immediately puts you at ease in her company.

“Never one to seek the limelight, she seems most comfortable as a committed team member, whether at work or at play. But when called upon, Phyllis graciously accepts the role of leader and faithfully carries out the responsibilities entrusted to her.

Phyllis Parish-Howard & friends
A group of Parish’s good college friends join her at the ceremony.

“She lives a life of gratitude and, through her actions, she bears testimony as a person of deep spiritual faith. She is appreciative of the smallest act of kindness and is always willing to go the extra mile for someone in need. Phyllis is the friend that one hopes for, and she is the friend we cherish when we realize she has welcomed us into her circle of care for family and friends.”

Parish has a long legacy at Barton.  Her great-great grandfather was a founder of Barton and its second president.  Her parents and sister are also alums; Parish graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts in English, a student and campus leader.  She currently serves on the Board of Trustees and has been on the Alumni Council as well.

Barton established the Alumnus of the Year Award in 1968 “to honor those alumni who have given outstanding service to Barton College and distinguished themselves in the areas of civic, religious and professional life.”

Thanks to WRAL-TV’s Phyllis Parish-Howard for these capcom ohotos.

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