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Jim Gardner (politician)

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Jim Gardner
Jim Gardner.png
30th Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina
In office
January 7, 1989 – January 9, 1993
GovernorJim Martin
Preceded byBob Jordan
Succeeded byDennis Wicker
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1969
Preceded byHarold Cooley
Succeeded byNick Galifianakis
Personal details
Born (1933-04-08) April 8, 1933 (age 86)
Rocky Mount, North Carolina, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Alma materNorth Carolina State University

James Carson Gardner (born April 8, 1933) is an American businessman and politician who served as a U.S. Representative (1967–1969) and as the 30th Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina (1989–1993).

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Speaker 1: This award is named for one of our college's most progressive deans, the Douglas A. Anderson Award. It acknowledges the contributions and achievements of an individual in a field of communications as they relate to the College of Communications, Penn State University and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Jim Gardner's amazing career in broadcasting began over 40 years ago at Columbia University. Six years later, just six years later, he would leave New York State and arrive in Philadelphia at WPVI. One year after that Jim became the anchor of the 6:00 and 11:00PM news broadcasts, a seat that he still holds today. It's written that Jim believes that in order to be a good anchor you must first be a good reporter. He has traveled the world reporting on some of the biggest events in recent memory, to include the return of American hostages from Lebanon, the fall of the Soviet Union and the list goes on and on. Since 1980 Jim has covered every Democratic and Republican Convention and has interviewed nearly every president of the United States since 1976. He devotes time and resources to students at his alma mater of Columbia, as well as Temple University in Philadelphia. We are so proud that he is here to spend some time with us and he spent some time with our students last night. Please join me in welcoming to the stage a very, very worthy recipient of the Douglas A. Anderson Communications Award, Mr. Jim Gardner. Jim Gardner: I went to a school with a real football team. What, Columbia you don't think has a ... Okay. I feel a little bit like an outsider here because I think I'm the only person in this room who either did not go to or who doesn't currently work at Penn State University, but I appreciate your hospitality and your generosity. I do have a connection however, and that is my son Josh who is currently 27 years old graduated from this program. He was a Broadcast Journalism major back in 2010. I did write enough tuition checks that I don't feel guilty eating your food. Is Jamie Perry here? Jamie isn't here, is he. No. Two individuals I wanted to say it was a pleasure to meet since I go there yesterday. I was looking forward to meeting Jamie who made Josh's transition here as a transfer student tremendously comfortable. There are a couple of Penn State folks at WPVI in Philadelphia and I always ask, "Did you know Jamie Perry? Was he your advisor?" The smiles and the laughter that are subsequent to that question, always the same thing. Mike Poorman was a pleasure to meet actually for the first time. Josh had a couple of courses with Mike. I asked Mike yesterday if Josh was a decent student. He said, "Yeah, Josh was a pretty good student." Which was nice to know because Josh would never show me his grades when he was a student here. Josh had an extraordinary time here and it made such an impact on his life. He is now working as a production manager at NBC Sports. To the students who are in this room, yes, it is possible. It will happen. You will get jobs. Last night was just an extraordinary experience for me to be present at an exercise where the alumni of this program talked to the young people who are in this program who Dean Garden just seemed so smart and so focused and so ambitious, but the fact is they're also anxious and with good reason. It is difficult out there. Despite the fact that there are some areas in digital platforms that are expanding, more traditional journalistic platforms are contracting right now. Jobs are being lost, layoffs are being announced. It is a very difficult time. I tried to tell one young person last night that all of the people with whom she will compete for employment, particularly that first job, are going to be smart, are going to be ambitious, are going to have a lot of arrows in their quiver so to speak. My view is that the thing that separates in very large degrees those who become frustrated and those who are successful is a four letter word. It's grit. It is a word that has gained a lot of popularity in our vernacular recently. There's a professor at the University of Pennsylvania who's name is Angela Duckworth. She's a MacArthur Genius Grant recipient four or five years ago. She's building an academic career out of the word grit. It is becoming essential to succeed, courage, resilience, being able to stay with the task, having long term goals and not losing sight of them despite obstruction, despite all the difficulties that will come your way. There will be difficulties that come your way. I just want to impress upon young people that grit may be the most important quality that you can bring to the game, both in trying to get that first job and after you get that first job. Because fortunately or unfortunately life is a competition. You're never going to stop being evaluated. That's just the way it is particularly in this business. You'll be evaluated by the size of your audience every day. You'll be evaluated by the relationship that you establish with an audience over a period of years or even decades. Grit is really important. I had a class in college. It was absolutely a gut, but it has stayed with me in a very important way. A man by the name of Fred Friendly who had just retired as President of the CBS News and had been the producer for Edward R. Murrow when Edward R. Murrow was just paving new paths in the field of journalism and in American history. In the second or third lecture asked us, did Fred Friendly, "So what does everybody think of the whole concept of objectivity in reporting?" Being dutiful young students who thought that we knew much more than we did, all of us said, "Oh, it's one of the most important things you can do as a reporter, as an editor. Be objective." He said, "I don't think so." He said, "Let me ask you how a white person and a black person arrive at the same objectivity when they go to an event to report a story? How does a man and a woman arrive at the same objectivity when they go to an event or to write a story? How does a person whose parents or who grew up in an affluent environment as opposed to someone who grew up impoverished bring the same objectivity when they go to the scene of a story? We are a sum of all of our life experiences and when we interpret even something that we see as a simple event or as fact it's very, very difficult. We can aspire to it, but it's very, very difficult to filter out what our life experience has been." He said, "I don't love the word objectivity. The word that I think is an obligation, an essentiality, is the word fair. No matter where we come from, no matter what our life experience, no matter the color of our skin, no matter how much money we have in our bank account, no matter whether we've been abused, you can be fair. Whether you're talking about a political candidate, whether you're talking about a victim of crime, whether you're talking about a priest who allegedly committed child sex abuse, everyone with our community needs to be, not deserves to be, but needs to be treated fairly because if they're not, the whole system falls apart. The whole system of criminal justice, the whole system of democracy, the whole system of journalism. You are obliged to be fair." Then he went beyond that. Accuracy, integrity, honesty. These were the things that as a 19 year old sophomore in college I took away from that class. Here's what bothers me about today. We are now living in a world in broadcast journalism anyway, that is moving so fast in terms of our technological ability to do new things. The bells and whistles, and that's a bad way of saying it because it makes it sound trivial, but the technological stuff that we now have at our disposal allows us to do things that we couldn't even dream of when I came into this business. When I came into this business in 1974 we were shooting film. If you wanted that film to get on the air it had to be, we called it the soup, it had to be in the soup, what, 45 minutes to an hour before the newscast so it could develop and then you have filmstrips and you had to edit it with an editing block. Today we have wireless transmission devices. I don't know, Jane, what you use. We use [Dejero inaudible 10:38] at channel six in Philadelphia. Okay, well we have our issues with Dejero too. Anyway, you can now go with a little thing to anyplace in the world where you can get a cell signal, put it down and feed video from that location back to your television station, do live broadcasting from that location back to your television station whether you're in a refugee camp in the Gaza, whether you are in a war torn street in Africa, wherever you want to be you can do that. My problem is that with all of this ability I think occasionally those of us in the broadcast industry lose touch with, lose contact with those four words that are ancient by comparison. Honesty, integrity, accuracy and fairness. If we're not those things, all of the technology that we have means nothing. In fact, it leads us down paths that are ominous for ourselves and for our viewers and for our readers. I love having the opportunity talking to young people who are just beginning because they're so concerned about getting that job. I appreciate that. I understand it. My son, he trolled around for three years doing unpaid internships and paid internships and part time jobs before he got a sniff of getting the opportunity of getting a full time job. I understand how anxiety-provoking it is. I understand how difficult the process is. I just want our young people to spend a minute or two here and there thinking about some of the things that will stand them in good stead for decades. Being right, not necessarily being first, but being right. Understanding that it's much better to be second, third or fourth if you're the only ones who are right. Being right, having integrity, being fair, being honest is more important than being able to go live from a refugee camp in the Gaza. I am so honored to be recognized by this great university and by this extraordinary program. I know how good you are, I know how well you educate these young people. I understand what you're saying, Jane, about young people who are going into journalism needing to acquire substantive knowledge about the major challenges of our society and I fully, fully agree with you. I also believe that learning how to communicate and learning both the challenges and the joys of this business is something that is a noble effort, a noble opportunity on the part of our universities. I commend you and I'm so grateful and humble for being here. Thank you so much.


Business career

In May 1961, Gardner, along with Joseph Leonard Rawls, Jr., opened the first franchise store of the fast food restaurant Hardee's in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.[1] Later, in 1969, he bought the troubled Houston Mavericks of the American Basketball Association and moved them to North Carolina a year later as the Carolina Cougars.[2][3]

Political career

Active in Republican politics from the days the party barely existed in North Carolina, Gardner first made a splash when he ran for Congress in 1964 and nearly defeated 30-year Democratic incumbent Harold D. Cooley, the powerful chairman of the United States House Committee on Agriculture.[4] In 1966, Gardner (by then chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party) toppled Cooley by a shocking 13-point margin to represent a district that included Raleigh as well as his home in Rocky Mount.[5]

He was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor of North Carolina in 1968, 1972, and 1992. In both 1968 and in 1992, he won the Republican nomination, but lost to Democrats Robert W. Scott[6] and Jim Hunt,[7] respectively. In 1972, he lost the nomination to Jim Holshouser,[8] the first of only two Republican governors of North Carolina in the 20th century.

Lieutenant Governor

In 1988, Gardner defeated Democrat Tony Rand[9] and became the first Republican elected lieutenant governor since Charles A. Reynolds, who served from 1897 to 1901. Gardner served from January 1989 to January 1993, during the second term of Republican Governor James G. Martin. In response to the election of Republican Gardner, the Democratic-controlled General Assembly transferred many of the powers of the Lieutenant Governor over to the President Pro Tempore of the North Carolina Senate.[10]

Political activity after retirement

In September 2011, Gardner endorsed the (ultimately unsuccessful) 2012 candidacy of Wake County Commissioner Tony Gurley for lieutenant governor.[11] As an "elder statesman," Gardner has been called one of the "Four Jims" of the North Carolina Republican establishment, the others being former Governors Holshouser and Martin and former U.S. Sen. Jim Broyhill. (Holshouser died in 2013)[12] In January 2013, Gardner served as master of ceremonies at the inauguration ceremony for newly elected Gov. Pat McCrory, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and other members of the North Carolina Council of State.[13] The ceremony celebrated the return of Republicans to the governor's office for the first time since Gardner's defeat in 1992. Forest also became the first Republican Lieutenant Governor since Gardner (Democrats Dennis Wicker, Beverly Perdue, and Walter Dalton served in the post after Gardner).

At age 79, Gardner came out of retirement when McCrory appointed him chairman of the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission (a full-time position) in 2013.[14]


  1. ^ NC History Project
  2. ^
  3. ^ Sports Encyclopedia
  4. ^ OurCampaigns: 1964
  5. ^ OurCampaigns: 1966
  6. ^ OurCampaigns: 1968
  7. ^ OurCampaigns: 1992
  8. ^ OurCampaigns: 1972
  9. ^ OurCampaigns: 1988
  10. ^ News & Observer: Pittenger's bully pulpit
  11. ^ Christensen, Rob (26 September 2011). "Gardner backs Gurley for lt. gov". Raleigh News & Observer. Retrieved 3 November 2011.
  12. ^ News & Observer: Broyhill, Gardner, Holshouser and Martin to fete McCrory
  13. ^ News & Observer: Jim Gardner gets another day in the sun
  14. ^ WRAL: McCrory appointed ex-Lt. Gov. Gardner to ABC chair

External links

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Harold Cooley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Nick Galifianakis
Party political offices
Preceded by
Robert Gavin
Republican nominee for Governor of North Carolina
Succeeded by
Jim Holshouser
Preceded by
Jim Martin
Republican nominee for Governor of North Carolina
Succeeded by
Robin Hayes
Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Jordan
Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina
Succeeded by
Dennis Wicker
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