Executive producer and host of The American Law Journal Christopher Naughton ’77 captured an Emmy for “Sexual Orientation, LGBT, and the Workplace: ‘ENDA’ of Discrimination?” at the 33rd Annual Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards. The program, which aired April 25, focused on gay rights and discrimination in the workplace.
Presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on Sept. 19 in Philadelphia, the award recognized Naughton, along with the show’s producer and director of production, in the Interview/Discussion Program/Special category.
“We chose the topic for its timeliness,” says Naughton. The proposed Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), intended to prohibit discrimination in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, passed the Senate in fall 2013.
Naughton, a former prosecutor and trial attorney, created the weekly 30-minute prime-time program on constitutional, consumer, and business legal issues. The show’s focus over its 25 years has been “to inform, entertain, and help viewers understand how the legal system impacts their daily lives,” he says.
While earning his degree in history, Naughton was a DJ for WJRH along with Chuck Cuttic ’77 and Bill Hoffman ’77, with whom he remains close. They hosted an alumni radio show a few years ago at WJRH. “All of these things took house in my soul. After getting my law degree, I went into practice, but I kept seeking a way to merge my interest in media and the law.”
Naughton holds a J.D. from University of Dayton School of Law and currently is writing a book titled “The Synchronicities of America.”
The program can be viewed on www.youtube.com/LawJournalTV.
—Stevie O. Daniels