CBS Travel Detective Peter Greenberg to emcee Cornell Hospitality Icon & Innovator Awards

Apr 11, 2016

Contact: Meg Hardie Keilbach, 607.255.9542,


The School of Hotel Administration (SHA) at Cornell University has announced that multiple Emmy Award-winning journalist, investigative reporter, New York Times bestselling author, and CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg will serve as master of ceremonies at the 8th Annual Cornell Hospitality Icon & Innovator Awards on June 7, 2016, at 583 Park Ave in New York City. At this premier fundraising event, Greenberg will help honor Isadore Sharp, founder and chairman of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, recipient of the Cornell Icon of the Industry Award, and Ted Teng, president and CEO of The Leading Hotels of the World, recipient of the Cornell Hospitality Innovator Award.

“We are excited to welcome Peter Greenberg back as master of ceremonies of this prestigious event. An expert on travel, he is an ideal emcee to help us celebrate innovation and leadership in the industry,” said Michael D. Johnson, the Bradley H. Stone Dean and E. M. Statler Professor at SHA. 

Greenberg is the travel editor for CBS News and America’s most recognized and respected front-line travel news journalist. Greenberg is the consummate insider on reporting the travel business as news. Greenberg hosts the television show, The Travel Detective, and also produces and co-hosts an ongoing series of acclaimed public television specials, The Royal Tour, featuring personal, one-on-one journeys through countries with their heads of state.  

His nationally syndicated radio show broadcasts each week from a different remote location worldwide. His website,, is one of the leading travel news resources for consumers and industry insiders alike. When he is not traveling the globe, Greenberg also serves as an active volunteer firefighter in New York City.

Since its inception in 2009, the Cornell Hospitality Icon and Innovator Awards has grown to be the largest event on the SHA calendar, attracting more than 700 of the most influential leaders and innovators in the hospitality and travel industry from 17 countries. The event raises funds to support SHA's scholarships and programs.

To date, the following companies have pledged their support for this event, including the Premier Media Supporter, USA Today; the Exclusive Experiential Marketing Supporter, George P. Johnson; at the Diamond level Four Season Hotels and Resorts, InterContinental Hotels Group, and Sweet Street Desserts; at the Platinum level Cornell Hotel Society, Deloitte, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Jones Lang LaSalle, The Leading Hotels of the World, Marriott, PwC, Questex Hospitality Group, Stonebridge Companies, and Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces; and at the Gold level, 583 Park Ave, Duetto, France24, Hersha Hospitality Trust,, Loews Hotels and Resorts, Preferred Hotels and Resorts, Thayer Lodging, Transdev, and Wyndham Hotel Group.

For details about the 8th Annual Cornell Icon and Innovator Awards or opportunities for corporate support, visit or contact Jennifer Macera ’13, associate director of corporate and foundation relations, at or 607.255.3101.