Hal Bruno, Chairman Emeritus
Throughout his distinguished career as a political analyst and journalist, Hal Bruno has remained active in the fire service community. He served as an active volunteer firefighter over a period of 40 years. He currently serves as a director of the Chevy Chase, Maryland Fire Department, and a member of the Friendship Fire Association of the District of Columbia Fire & Rescue Service. He has written the monthly "Fire Politics" column for Firehouse magazine since the magazine was founded in 1976.
A professional journalist for over 50 years, he retired in 1999 as Political Director of ABC News. Before joining ABC, he worked for Newsweek magazine for 18 years in several top editorial positions. He moderated the vice presidential debate during the 1992 campaign and frequently has appeared on national network political discussion panels.
A native of Chicago, Mr. Bruno began his journalism career while a student at the University of Illinois. After graduation in 1950, he worked as a reporter and sports editor.
He served as an Army intelligence officer during the Korean War and returned to journalism as a news reporter in Chicago. He won a Fulbright Scholarship to India where he also filed stories for International News Service.
Mr. Bruno has won numerous awards for his work in journalism and the fire-rescue service. In 1995, the Congressional Fire Services Institute selected him as its "Fire Service Person of the Year," and in 1999 he received the President's Award from the International Association of Fire Chiefs. He has been honored with the "Illini Achievement Award" by the University of Illinois and, in 1999, was named "Press Veteran of the Year" by the Chicago Press Veterans Association.
Mr. Bruno is a charter member of the Board and served previously as Vice Chairman.