Acclaimed television host, network news anchor, author and business entrepreneur Bill Kurtis has accepted an invitation to be the keynote speaker at the Inaugural MEAT INDUSTRY HALL OF FAME Induction Ceremony in Chicago on Oct. 27th.

During his 40 years in broadcasting, Kurtis, who served as the CBS Morning News anchor and was a long-time newscaster at CBS Television affiliate WBBM in Chicago, became best-known as the producer and host of the popular Investigative Reports, Cold Case and American Justice programs on the A&E Network. He has recently gained even greater popularity among a new generation of fans as a result of his work for AT&T Mobility, spoofing his “serious journalist” persona in a series of ads with tennis star Andy Roddick, Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps and boxing champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather.

In his speech to the Members and guests at the Hall of Fame dinner, Kurtis will discuss his role as an entrepreneur in launching Tallgrass Beef, a company that has built a network of family farmers and ranchers raising grass-fed cattle. In 2005, Tallgrass Beef became the first grass-fed beef company to market its product in Chicago when the legendary Harry Caray’s Restaurant began selling its steaks. Kurtis’s 10,000-acre Red Buffalo Ranch, which borders the small town of Sedan, Kan., is a working cattle ranch located in the one of last remaining areas of North America that still features untouched tall grass prairie.

Other highlights from Kurtis’s career include:
• A Peabody Award for the A&E series The New Explorers
• Two Primetime Emmy nominations for Cold Case Files
• Narration for the Will Ferrell comedy “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”
• Author of more than a dozen books, including the critically acclaimed, The Death Penalty on Trial: Crisis in American Justice
• Director of The Nature Conservancy, the National Park Foundation and the Field Museum

The MEAT INDUSTRY HALL OF FAME Induction Ceremony on Oct. 27, 2009, is open to all interested members of the North American livestock, meat and poultry industries. For more information or to purchase tickets, log onto the Hall’s website at www.meatindustryhalloffame.org.