CBN's Meeuwsen Honored for Broadcast Excellence

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Terry Meeuwsen, co-host of The 700 Club, is being recognized for her outstanding achievements in the communications field.

Women in Christian Media is honoring Meeuwsen with their annual "Women in Christian Media Excellence in Communications Award."

"It is both humbling and an honor," Meeuwsen said. "Excellence is something we all strive for in our day to day work. No one achieves it day in and day out, but it is a worthy goal to aspire to."

Meeuwsen began guest hosting The 700 Club in the 1980s, and has since become a permanent co-host with Pat Robertson. She said her experience as a television host has taught her the importance of truly paying attention to what her guests are saying.

"Many years ago I learned the importance of listening to people and trying to really hear what they are saying rather than simply proceeding with my interview," she said. "Sometimes it is difficult when you have to take on-set cues, evaluate the time allotted and listen and lead, all at the same time. However, like most things in life, it comes with experience. You just keep on doing it."

Meeuwsen also explained, that on live television, sometimes she just has to go with her gut instinct.

"I have been unhappy with some of the interviews I have done when I have let other people pressure me to ask questions that are provocative or controversial, rather than going with my own heart and trusting my own instincts," she explained. "At the same time, you have to be willing to ask the hard questions when necessary."

The former Miss America also said she understands the value of surrendering her life to the Lord each day before she walks onto The 700 Club set.

"Every day before I leave my dressing room to go out to the set, I ask the Lord to cover me, to fill me, to give me wisdom, and a pure heart," she said. "I pray for the show, our viewers, our team, and for all of God's purposes to be accomplished. I ask Him to allow me to honor Him."

Meeuwswen said she can clearly see the Lord's hand throughout her life, preparing her for where she is today.

"It is very clear to me that God wastes nothing we learn or do if we are walking with Him," she said. "An interest in drama and music in high school helped me learn to be comfortable on stage and in front of people. The Miss America experience gave me a larger perspective on the world and many opportunities to speak. My own family background gave me a heart for the needy, children, and orphans. Who would have known that it would all add up to what I do today?"

Meeuwsen will be presented with the award at the Radisson Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn, on February 26. Some of the previous recipients of this award include Kay Arthur, Joni Eareckson Tada, and Anne Graham Lotz.

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