Sydney Smith Gordon
Sydney Smith-Gordon has been a member of the Columbia College Chicago Board of Trustees since 1970. She was a veteran radio and TV broadcaster in New York under the professional name Sydney Smith. Smith had programs on Dumont TV, ABC-TV, WPIX, and on National NBC-TV on the Today Show, with Dave Garroway, and the Home Show, with Arlene Francis and Hugh Downs. Her own NBC Radio show, By-Line Sydney Smith, aired daily on the eastern seaboard. Ms. Gordon was on the NBC Radio network show, Monitor, which was interviewed and taped from Italy and France. She was also a theatre/movie critic/reviewer on AM Radio, as well as an emcee of the New York Film Critics Awards.
Ms.Smith-Gordon is a former board member of the Alliance for Volunteerism in Washington, D.C., a coalition of twenty-one national voluntary organizations. She is a past president of Call for Action, a national volunteer action line affiliated with forty-five radio and TV stations, serving 250,000 callers annually.
Over a twenty-year span, she was director of both WIND and WGN Radio CFA affiliates in Chicago, serving as a writer, producer, and host on information advocacy programs for each station. She produced Ask the Expert programs on both stations with volunteer lawyers, CPAs, physicians, and other authorities. During her tenure as national CFAís regional director and national president, she testified before the FCC in Washington on behalf of the Broadcast/CFA partnership and compiled information for the Federal Trade Commission, HUD, and other federal agencies on problem areas in the country.
Sydney was a co-founder of the Columbia College Fischetti Scholarship Fund and helped to found the Michael Merritt Endowment and Scholarship Fund. Ms. Gordon was on the Executive Council of the Chicago Associates of the Stratford Festival of Canada from 1983,retiring in 2003. She served as public relations director to The Writersí Theater- Chicago and the Sara Siddons Society, as well as the Chicago Associates of the Stratford Festival of Canada, providing PR support to the actors from Chicago who were chosen by the Festivalís artistic director. She also served as a Chicago media contact for the Stratford Festival Theatreís Department of Communications.
Most recently, Ms. Smith-Gordon served on the board of the Colorado Festival of World Theatre, a performanced-based organization that brought world-class theater and educational classes, presented by such names as Stephen Sondheim, Zoe Caldwell and Shirley Jones.
Ms.Smith-Gordon is a former longtime member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).
Ms.Smith-Gordon resides in Colorado.