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Lucky Severson

Contributing Correspondent

Lucky Severson is an Emmy award-winning correspondent and producer with more than 30 years of experience in broadcast journalism. Until 2003, he served as correspondent and anchor for SECRETS OF THE SEQUENCE, a weekly news magazine series that aired over public television stations nationwide, providing up-to-the-minute information about the astounding progress made in genetic research and the life sciences.

From 1993 to 1997, Severson was Chief Asia Correspondent for NBC NIGHTLY NEWS, THE TODAY SHOW, and MSNBC. Severson also contributed to NBC DATELINE. In addition, he produced GREAT BOOKS: THE NAKED AND THE DEAD for The Learning Channel and served as a correspondent for SKY TV’s EARTH UNDERCOVER until 2003.

Severson has been both host and writer for the Discovery Channel’s INVENTION and for the PBS documentary BACKROADS. From 1983 to 1991 he served as correspondent for NBC News, AMERICAN ALMANAC and in 1986, covered Jesse Jackson’s and George H.W. Bush’s presidential campaigns. He was both a reporter and host for several one-hour specials including, ISRAEL 20 YEARS LATER, FEAR, FLYING AND FRUSTRATION, CRIME, PUNISHMENT AND KIDS and HOME STREET HOME.

Severson has been the recipient of many national awards including three Emmys, two Alfred I. duPonts, a Chicago Film Festival Award, and the Edward R. Murrow Award. As a contributing correspondent for RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY, Severson has also been awarded 10 Silver Angel Awards from Excellence in Media, five CINE Golden Eagle Awards, four Certificates for Creative Excellence from the U.S. International Film and Video Festival Awards, three New York Festivals and the Clarion Award.

Severson received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Utah and has a master’s in law from Yale Law School. He lives with his wife in Arlington, Virginia.