Ted Turner Recognized at the National Portrait Gallery

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What: On the evening of December 2, the National Portrait Gallery will host an event to unveil Ted Turner’s portrait and celebrate his ongoing contribution to American public life. The portrait by John Friedman is part of the “Recent Acquisitions” show featuring the newest additions to the gallery. Turner will be at the museum and available for a photo opportunity with the painting.

Who: Ted Turner - media mogul, businessman, philanthropist and environmentalist

The following speakers will also attend:

  • Tom Wheeler, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
  • Sam Nunn, Co-chairman of Nuclear Threat Initiative
  • Kathy Calvin, President and CEO of the UN Foundation
  • Senator Tim Wirth
  • Gary Jobson, Vice-President of the International Sailing Federation
  • Michael Finley, President, Turner Foundation
  • Laura Turner-Seydel, national environmental advocate and eco-living expert
  • Judy Woodruff, Managing Editor, PBS NewsHour

Where: National Portrait Gallery
Eighth and G streets N.W. (First-floor gallery)
Washington, D.C 20001
Phone: (202) 633-8300

When: Tuesday, December 2
6:45-7:00 pm: Media photo op, Ted Turner with portrait (Media can set up from 6:00 p.m.)
7:00 pm: Reception                

Why: Through his leadership and vision, Turner has helped better the world in ways that affect our everyday lives. The portrait is the celebration of an extraordinary American and icon who will continue to inspire change in the future.

From an early career in advertising in Georgia, Turner moved into media. In the 1970s he founded the Turner Broadcasting System; by 1980, in creating the cable news network CNN, he had not only reshaped the culture of television but also the modern communications industry. He is known for his outsized personality, his ownership of the Atlanta Braves, and for his prowess as a sailor who defended the America’s Cup in 1977.

Turner is also a committed philanthropist whose historic one billion dollar gift to the United Nations in 1997 gave life to the UN Foundation. The Nuclear Threat Initiative that he co-founded in 2001 is dedicated to strengthening global security, while his Turner Foundation focuses on environmental causes. Today, Turner and the organizations he has founded remain committed to addressing urgent global health and security concerns, female empowerment and climate change.

Turner is one of North America’s largest individual landowners and his portrait nods to his love of the outdoors, featuring a scene from his expansive Flying D ranch in southwest Montana, home to the largest of his herds of bison.

RSVP and contact: Tina Musoke, United Nations Foundation: tmusoke(at)unfoundation(dot)org (202) 243-8284

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