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Nine journalism leaders to receive the Missouri Honor Medal

Monday, October 8, 2007 | 12:01 p.m. CDT; updated 1:13 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

COLUMBIA — Nine journalism leaders will receive the Missouri Honor Medal on Tuesday. The honor medal, which was first awarded in 1930, is given annually by Journalism School faculty to medalists based on their lifetime or superior achievement for a journalistic endeavor. Past medal recipients include Tom Brokaw, Walter Cronkite and Sir Winston Churchill.

There will be an awards reception at 6 p.m. and a dinner at 7 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Alumni Center. All medalists will hold master classes that are free and open to the public that day.

Wayne M. Brasler

Wayne M. Brasler is receiving the Missouri Honor Medal in recognition of his outstanding commitment to instill the importance of a free press in future journalists and leaders. Brasler graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in 1962 and has been a journalism teacher and adviser at the University of Chicago High School for more than 40 years. He has published many articles in scholastic journalism magazines and received the National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year award from the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund. He was on the National Scholastic Press Association board of directors for 40 years and received the Pioneer Award from the NSPA. In 1996, the NSPA started the Brasler Prize, now one of the most prestigious awards given for high school press, to recognize his service to high school journalism.

Master Class: “The Student Press: An Alternate Reality on Treacherous Turf,” 2 to 3:15 p.m., Fisher Auditorium.

Dirck Halstead

Dirck Halstead is receiving the Missouri Honor Medal in recognition of his creative spirit and his principled efforts to transform photojournalism for the digital age. Halstead is the editor and publisher of The Digital Journalist, a multimedia online magazine, and leads workshops to teach photojournalists about television documentary and digital journalism. He spent 29 years covering the White House for Time Magazine and had more than 50 cover photographs for the publication. His first professional assignment was LIFE Magazine’s combat photographer covering the Guatemalan Civil War when he was 17. He has won two National Press Photographers Association Picture of the Year Awards, the lifetime achievement award from the White House News Photographers Association and the Joseph A. Sprague Award for lifetime achievement and service to photojournalism.

Master Class: “Moments in Time” 2 to 3:15 p.m., 110 Lee Hills Hall.

Frances L. Lewine

Frances L. Lewine is receiving the Missouri Honor Medal in recognition of her path-blazing career in Washington journalism and her efforts to eliminate barriers to equality in journalism. Though she was assigned to cover the first ladies in 1956 for The Associated Press, she soon expanded her coverage to the presidents. She covered six presidential administrations from Eisenhower to Carter, then became an assignment editor and field producer at CNN. She served as the chairwoman and president of the Professional Committee of the Women’s National Press Club and organized protests against male-only journalism associations. She was elected to the Washington Society of Professional Journalists’ Hall of Fame and to the hall of fame of her alma mater, Hunter College.

Master Class: “Covering Presidents and First Ladies,” 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., 278 Gannett Hall.

Paula Madison

Paula Madison is receiving the Missouri Honor Medal in recognition of her leadership in broadcast journalism and building community. Madison is currently the executive vice president of diversity for NBC Universal and is the first senior executive in the company’s history to hold a position completely dedicated to diversity. She is a graduate of Vassar College and began as a newspaper reporter and editor before starting her broadcast career at stations in Houston; Tulsa, Okla.; and Dallas. She was named one of the 75 Most Powerful African Americans in Corporate America by Black Enterprise Magazine and has won several local and regional Emmy, Golden Mike and Edward R. Murrow awards. She also received the Citizen of the Year Award from the City of Los Angeles Marathon, the Walter Bremond Pioneer of African-American Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade and the Anti-Defamation League’s Deborah Award.

Master Class: cancelled

Russ Mitchell

Russ Mitchell is receiving the Missouri Honor Medal in recognition of his professionalism as a television reporter and anchor and of his commitment to mentor young leaders. Mitchell graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in 1982 and has been an anchor and correspondent for CBS news for the past 15 years. He began his career reporting and anchoring for television stations in St. Louis, Kansas City, and Dallas and was named the news anchor of “The Early Show” and the Sunday edition of “CBS Evening News” in 2006. Currently, he is a correspondent for the “CBS News Sunday Morning” show. He received a National Association of Black Journalists Award and a Sigma Delta Chi Award for his coverage of the Elian Gonzalez case. He also won an Emmy for his coverage of the TWA Flight 800 crash and two Emmys from the St. Louis Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Master Class: cancelled

Oh Yeon Ho

Oh Yeon Ho is receiving the Missouri Honor Medal in recognition of his pioneering work in engaging citizens as journalists for democracy. Oh is the founder of the citizen journalism Web site, OhmyNews, which bears the motto “Every citizen is a reporter.” Oh founded the Web site in South Korea in 2000. Since then, it has grown to include more than 60,000 citizen reporters worldwide and 65 full-time staff reporters. He earned a degree in Korean literature from Yonsei University, a master’s degree in journalism from Regent University in Virginia and a doctoral degree in journalism from Sogang University. He began his journalism career as a reporter for Mahl, a liberal Korean monthly magazine, and was the magazine’s Washington, D.C., correspondent. He later became the magazine’s chief of staff.

Master Class: “Citizen Journalism, the Experiment of OhmyNews,” 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., Fisher Auditorium.

Mary Beth Price

Mary Beth Price is receiving the Missouri Honor Medal in recognition of her contributions in the transformation of media practices and in educating the next generation of strategic communication leaders. Price graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in 1971 and founded Media That Works, now Empower MediaMarketing, in 1985. It has since grown to be one of the country’s premier independent media management companies and includes clients such as U.S. Bank, Long John Silvers and Stanley Steemer. She served as the CEO of the company until 1997 and is currently on its board of directors. Price was named McCall’s/Ad Week Best Woman in Advertising Award, Cincinnati Business Person of the Year, Forbes/Advertising Age Media Maven, Ad Club of Cincinnati Silver Medalist, Leadership Cincinnati Participant and YWCA Career Woman of Achievement.

Master Class: “The Communications Explosion: Big Bucks for Tigers!” 2 to 2:50 p.m., 204 Neff Hall.

William C. Price

William C. Price is receiving the Missouri Honor Medal in recognition of his contributions in the transformation of media practices and in educating the next generation of strategic communication leaders. Price graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in 1963 and became chairman of Empower MediaMarketing after his wife, Mary Beth Price, founded the company in 1985. Since then, he has dedicated his efforts to the employees and clients of Empower MediaMarketing, which the Society of Human Resource Management ranked as the fourth best small business to work for in America. Price has also been involved in several community and nonprofit organizations, such as Leadership Cincinnati, YMCA, the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the United Way.

Master Class: “The Communications Explosion: Big Bucks for Tigers!” 11 to 11:50 a.m., 101 Lee Hills Hall.

Ruth Reichl

Ruth Reichl is receiving he Missouri Honor Medal in recognition of her career as a journalistic alchemist who turned writing about food into an art form. Reichl has been the editor in chief of Gourmet magazine since 1999. Before she began her tenure at Gourmet, she was the restaurant critic for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and New West and California magazines. She has written several critically-acclaimed books including “Mmmmm: A Feastiary,” “Tender at the Bone,” “Comfort Me with Apples” and “Garlic and Sapphires.” She recently received Adweek’s 2007 Editor of the Year award.

Master Class: “Why Look at Food? (How to Cover the Epicurean Category),” 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., 110 Lee Hills Hall.


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