Bob Dotson

New York, New York, US

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About Bob Dotson

Long time NBC TODAY show National Correspondent Bob Dotson is America's storyteller, based in New York City. His direct honest voice reflects a rare approach. While most reporters focus on life’s flat tires, he looks for something far more difficult to find – what keeps the other tires rolling. Dotson works the neglected streets of our cities, the small towns and dirt roads, searching for people who are practically invisible, the ones who change our lives but don’t take time to tweet and tell us about it. He has crisscrossed this country, four million miles, practically non-stop, searching for names we don’t know, but should, people with thoughtful solutions to problems we all face. Wisdom doesn’t always wear a suit.

Now Dotson's powerful voice can bring high quality to your project in quick turn around. America's storyteller has come in from the road to teach the next generation of storytellers. He left NBC News on the 40th anniversary of the day he was hired.

\"Bob has spent a lifetime working under the tightest deadlines. He always makes a dime's worth of production budget look like a dollar. I loved working with him, one of the nicest guys in the business. He is tireless and professional. Always makes you look better than even you think you are.\" (Dave Riggs, Bob's NBC News Field Producer for 15 years)

Dotson's delivery is authoritative, yet friendly -- believable, but conversational -- like a neighbor leaning over a back fence, telling fascinating tales. That guy next door approach touches and informs millions of viewers and readers worldwide.

\"Bob once persuaded me to send him and a team to Australia to do a series of features there. The pieces he came back with were extraordinary, among the finest to appear on NBC Nightly News during my tenure as executive producer.\" (Bill Wheatley, Former Executive Vice President NBC News)

Dotson’s signature series on the TODAY Show received more than a hundred honors, including eight national Emmys and 11 nominations, a record six Edward R. Murrow Awards for “Best Network News Writing” from the Radio Television Digital News Association. The Society of Professional Journalists cited Dotson for his work in New Media. Some of his online columns and story videos trend worldwide. His program, El Capitan's Courageous Climbers, was the winner of seven International Film and Video Festivals and was awarded documentary's highest honor, the CINE Grand Prize.

His scripts and narrations have also won Grand Prizes from DuPont-Columbia and Robert F. Kennedy Foundations, the National Press Photographers Association, Women in Communications, the Christophers and in 2015 he joined Charles Kuralt and Walter Cronkite as the latest recipient of the William Allen White Foundation National Citation for journalistic excellence.

Dotson’s stories appeared on all of NBC News programs over the years. He also produced and wrote “Bob Dotson's America,” a series of programs on the Travel Channel. His third book, American Story, a Lifetime Search for Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things, (Penguin/Random House) became a New York Times Best Seller.

\"We’ve always known in our heart of hearts that the best of the country was bottom-up, not top-down. Bob Dotson proves us right. These are remarkable and poignant and important stories.\" (Ken Burns, American director and producer of documentary films)

His new how-to \"Make it Memorable,\" book became the Number One Best Seller on Amazon's Hot New releases list, a week before it was published on October 15th, 20015.

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Vocal Characteristics

Languages

English (North American), English

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Voice Ages

Middle Aged (35-54), Senior (55+)

Accents

North American

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Voice Over Skills

Documentaries Audiobooks Elearning Radio Ad Podcasting Television Ad Video Narration Online Ad

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Studio

Turnaround Time

24 hours or less

Microphone

Rode M3 condenser microphone, Beyerdynamic M 59 microphone

Computer & Software

MacBook Air, iPad, Twisted Wave Recording and Editing Systems

Special Equipment

SKYPE

Service Overview

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"Bob has spent a lifetime working under the tightest deadlines. He always makes a dime's worth of production budget look like a dollar. I loved working with him, one of the nicest guys in the business. He is tireless and professional. Always makes you look better than even you think you are." (Dave Riggs, Bob's NBC News Field Producer for 15 years)

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Voice Over Testimonials

"Bob once persuaded me to send him and a team to Australia to do a series of features there. The pieces he came back with were extraordinary, among the finest to appear on NBC Nightly News during my tenure as executive producer." (Bill Wheatley, Former Executive Vice President NBC News)

NBC News

"Bob Dotson is the epitome of all that a storyteller should be. He finds fascinating subjects, engages the audience, and we come away from his stories feeling better for having heard his stories." (Ann M. Brill, Dean of the School of Journalism, University of Kansas)

University of Kansas

"Bob won his first National Emmy with both hands tied behind his back. We weren’t set up to do documentaries at that level. He had to do that on his own time, with minimal video support.” (Former WKY-TV News Director Ernie Shultz)

WKY-TV/KFOR-TV

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Documentaries, Audiobooks, Elearning, Radio Ad, Podcasting, Television Ad, Video Narration, Online Ad