Scout's honor: Tate wins award


FCC Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate (R) has gone where no woman has gone before: To the list of honorees recognized as the annual recipient of the Communications Good Scout Award. The National Capital Area Council of Boy Scouts of America gave her the award for being a leader in the communications field who "practice the ideas of the scout oath and law in their daily lives."

RBR/TVBR observation: Often, individuals who find themselves serving on the FCC’s 8th Floor become the point commissioner for a certain issue. Tate has taken that role when it comes to the confluence of media and children. She has been a vocal supporter of efforts to fight childhood obesity, trying to keep inappropriate programming off the airwaves when children are likely to be in the audience, and for the added children’s educational programming requirements which broadcasters agreed to observe when multicasting digital television signals. Also, it probably helped that her son Will made it all the way to Eagle Scout.