Alan Williams named 2017 Front Page Follies Honoree

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Local 8 News and CW anchor Alan Williams was chosen to be honored at the 39th annual Front Page Follies event on June 17.

The event will include dinner and show put on by the Front Page Foundation to roast state and local newsmakers.

The event will be held at the Knoxville Convention Center, and proceeds will fund journalism and broadcasting scholarships presented in Williams' honor at the University of Tennessee, as well as a media studies scholarship at Pellissippi State Community College.

"Alan Williams is a veteran broadcast journalist who brings both a professional approach and a personal touch to the news he reports," Front Page Foundation president Frank Murphy said. "Alan can tell sports stories with the insights he gained as an SEC athlete, then cover an entertainment event with the experience of a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the Country Music Association. He knows the community well because he's worked here more than 30 years, and he's been an active community volunteer. That kind of perspective has meant a lot to his East Tennessee audience, and we're proud to name Alan Williams this year's scholarship honoree."

In 1988, Williams began hosting the "Noonday" program at WKXT, now WVLT, where he currently serves as anchor.

Williams is a member of the boards of Knoxville Area United Way, Positive Living and Love All Tennis. He was chosen as spokesperson for the Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Knoxville and also serves as an advisory member of the Knoxville Nativity Pageant.

The Front Page Follies is a musical satire of the year's events, put on by journalist, public relations professionals and community members. Each year, the foundation honors a newsmaker who has made important contributions to East Tennessee journalism.

The event was scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the Knoxville Convention Center and includes a reception, dinner and live and silent auctions.

Tickets will be sold for $125 each, with an early bird price of only $100 for tickets sold before April 17. Tickets will be available beginning March 17 at the Front Page Foundation website.