Legacy Award

The Board of the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters is proud to honor three outstanding individuals with the inaugural LEGACY AWARD.

PETER KING | CBS News Radio | Correspondent

Peter has reported for CBS Radio News since 1994. In that time he has extensively covered NASA, the Space Shuttle program, and many other major stories from across the Southeastern United States.

In addition to being an award-winning journalist and past president of the Florida AP Broadcasters, he is also a mentor to many of broadcast journalism’s next generation of storytellers. He is still active in FAPB’s annual College Workshop.

It is through his endless pursuit of great stories and dedication to sharing his knowledge with others that makes Florida Associated Press Broadcasters proud to honor him.

HELGA SILVA | WSCV Telemundo 51 | Vice President, News and Content

Helga is an award-winning broadcast executive with more than 25 years’ experience.

Born in Cuba, Helga has deep roots in the Miami community where she grew up and now serves. Her success is measured not only in ratings and awards, but in tributes from her colleagues. 

“She is not a boss, she is a leader…she is always trying to help everyone achieve their goals…she is a role model for the next generation…but the most important thing, she is a great human being.”

It is through her unselfish service, dedication, and leadership that makes Florida Associated Press Broadcasters proud to honor her.

FORREST SMITH | University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications | Innovation News Center

For more than 30 years, Forrest has taught, groomed, and mentored generation after generation of broadcast journalism’s best story tellers. 

He began his own career in 1981 at WTMC in Ocala. In 1985 he was hired at University of Florida where he has, over the years, overseen various aspects of the University’s broadcast journalism programs. 

Those who know Forrest best say: “Forrest Smith is the most respected individual at WUFT and among the more well regarded in the entire College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida. That’s not just a result of his 31-year tenure here, but also the enthusiasm that he still brings to work each day…As the longest tenured staff member, his knowledge of local news, history, players, and government institutions is second to none. He does not, however, lord the depth of information over his colleagues, but rather shares it generously at every opportunity – and most importantly – dispenses it to the college’s student reporters, hundreds of whom have comprised successive generations of Florida’s next journalists.”

It is because of Forrest’s many years of dedicated service, leadership, drive, and enthusiasm to motivate and encourage the next generation of story tellers that makes Florida Associated Press Broadcasters proud to honor him.

Each were selected out of dozens of nominations of individuals who have contributed at least 25 years of service to broadcast journalism. They stand out for their commitment to excellence, character, and leadership.


Nomination Form

Know a future Legacy Award recipient? Future nominees and recipients will reflect the diverse talents, skills and roles within a newsroom, including, but not limited to: Anchors, Reporters, Producers, Photographers, Editors, News Directors and Technical Directors.

Can't use the online application? You may download the application and submit your completed application to FloridaAPAwards@gmail.com.