Doug Adair

      Doug Adair retired in 1994 as Ohio's longest serving television news anchor (over 40 years), and as the managing editor of the NBC affiliate (WCMH-TV) in Columbus. Doug was honored in both Cleveland and Columbus for having Ohio's best television newscasts and as the state's Best TV News Writer. He was inducted into The Broadcasters Hall of Fame and received the distinguish services award of the society of professional journalist. Adair and his early 60's partner Joel Daily were considered to be the Nations First Anchor Team to share the same desk. Huntley and Brinkley proceeded them, but they reported from different cities. Doug Adair received the nattional "Faith and Freedom Award". From religious heritage for his series " The Crisis in Christianity", that also brought him the Catholic Church's "National Gabriel Award". Adair was named "Cleveland's Outstanding Citizen" by the Holy Name Society in 1970, and that same year received the first "Bishop's Award" of the Episcopal Church for his "Closed for Christmas" campaign for Cleveland's needy children. Cleveland City Council recognized Adair in 1982 for his investigative reports on Hawthornden State Mental Hospital which eventually lead to grand jury indictments. It also lead to changes in the care given to Ohio's mental patients. One of the patients Doug met at Hawthornden, later took hostages inside a Cleveland drug store. Police gave Doug credit for bringing a safe ending to that situation. The man gave himself up when Doug promised to be there and stay with him until he was safely in jail.

Big Brothers of Greater Cleveland recognized Adair for using his television program to find 800 new Brothers in one week. On his retirement, the Governor of Ohio, George Voinovich, issued a resolution proclaiming that Doug had left a positive and indelible mark on the communities he served, and that "One of his most recognizable achievements to improve the quality of life for Columbus residents, was his commendable struggle to light up downtown Columbus. Through Doug's efforts, the Columbus Night Skyline became a proud sight worth of Ohio's Capital". Franklin County's Children Services recognized Doug for his efforts over the year to answer the "Christmas Wish Lists" of 50,000 homeless, abused or neglected children. As the leader of "4's Army" in central Ohio, Doug raised more $2,000,000 to aid disaster victims. Doug Adair served as an officer in the Korean War. In Cleveland in 1982 he received the "Outstanding Community Service Award" from the joint Veteran's Commission of Cuyahoga County. Doug had received a late night call from a woman whose husband, a taxi driver, had been murdered. She said he had always wanted a military funeral, and Doug worked with the veteran's groups to see that he got his wish. Adair served on the boards of the United Way, Goodwill Industries and the Council of Churchs in Cleveland, and the Special Wish Foundation in Columbus. From 1958 to 1983, Doug Adair spoke in hundreds of churchs and synagogues across Northern Ohio.