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ABC News Correspondent Will Reeve produced this feature for Good Morning America, the #1 morning news show. Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos, now the longest-serving pair of hosts on any network morning program, are among those profiled in Hangin’ with Winners.

The View

Ray Cole sat down with co-host Sunny Hostin on the set of The View for a lengthy conversation about his long relationship with the program’s creator, Barbara Walters, along with other “winners” who inspired him to write a book.

ESPN (Iowa vs. Iowa State Basketball Halftime Show)


Following an introductory shout-out from the legendary Dick Vitale, halftime show host Monica McNutt talked with Ray about Dickie V and The V Foundation.

The V Foundation

Ray talked about a few of the “winners” profiled in Hangin’ with Winners — along with the important work of the The V Foundation — in this edition of the Voices for Victory podcast.

Chris Fowler

Ray joined podcast host Chris Fowler for an in-depth discussion about fulfillment and success. They discuss some of those profiled in Hangin’ with Winners, including Dick Vitale Jay Williams, Bob Iger Diane Sawyer and Michael J. Fox.

Jimmy Kimmel Book Club-

Jimmy Kimmel talks about — and recommends! — some of his favorite books. Hangin’ with Winners made the list which included books from notable authors such as Stanley Tucci and John Lithgow.

Des Moines RegisterIowa native Ray Cole’s book shares inspiring stories with some of the biggest celebrities in and out of sports

dsm MagazineIowa Authors Generating National Buzz

Sioux City JournalBroadcast executive and Kingsley, Iowa native shares some famous ‘winning’ advice

Governor Reynolds – A copy of Hangin’ with Winners was presented to Governor Kim Reynolds following the signing of her proclamation declaring September 26, 2021, as “Governor Robert D. Ray Day” in Iowa. Governor Ray is profiled in the ‘Extraordinary Iowans’ chapter of the book.

L-R: Scott Raecker, executive director of The Ray Center; author Ray Cole; Governor Kim Reynolds; and Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn

College GameDayHangin’ with Winners made a brief appearance at ESPN’s College GameDay broadcast from Ames, IA on Saturday, September 11, 2021, ahead of the annual rivalry game between the University of Iowa Hawkeyes and the Iowa State University Cyclones. Rece Davis, who was interviewed and contributed many outstanding thoughts to the book, is the host of this Emmy Award-winning sports program.

College GameDay’s Rece Davis

Last Updated: October 31, 2022