Grady College announces 2019 Alumni Award Winners
Grady College is honored to congratulate the following alumni on winning the 2019 Alumni Awards, which will be presented at Grady Salutes: A Celebration of Achievement, Commitment and Leadership on April 26, 2019: Chris Holcomb (ABJ ’85) will receive the John Holliman Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award Henry “Hadjii” Hand (ABJ ’98) will receive the Henry W. […]
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Sally Yates, Ashley Huston, Polina Marinova and Jisu Huh will be recognized as Alumni Award winners at Grady Salutes on April 27, 2018.
UGA Grady College announces recipients of 2018 Alumni Awards; Sanford Circle honoree
The University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication is pleased to honor four outstanding graduates with its 2018 Alumni Awards, and a beloved Grady College professor who will be inducted into the Sanford Circle. Sally Yates (ABJ ’82, JD ‘86) receives the John Holliman Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award; Ashley Huston (ABJ ’96) […]
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The 2017 Alumni Award winners include Jane B. Singer, Bonnie Arnold, Jason Kreher and Brooke Beach.
UGA Grady College announces recipients of 2017 Alumni Awards
The University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication is pleased to honor four outstanding graduates with its 2017 Alumni Awards. Bonnie Arnold (ABJ’ 77) receives the John Holliman Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award; Jason Kreher (ABJ ’00) is honored with the Henry W. Grady Mid-Career Alumni Award; Brooke Beach (ABJ ’11) is awarded […]
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Grady College names winners of 2016 Alumni Awards
For demonstrated excellence throughout their distinguished careers, four graduates of the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication have been named 2016 Alumni Award winners. Ernie Johnson Jr. (ABJ ’78) receives the John Holliman Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award; Michael Abramowitz (ABJ ’90) is honored with the Henry W. Grady Mid-Career Alumni Award; […]
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Grady College announces recipients of 2015 Alumni Awards
The University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication is pleased to honor four outstanding graduates with 2015 Alumni Awards. “Recipients of Grady's annual Alumni Awards serve as a vivid reminder of the excellence of our graduates, and of the varied paths they take upon graduation,” said Charles Davis, dean of the Grady […]
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Grady College honors recipients of 2014 Alumni Awards
, For demonstrated excellence throughout their distinguished careers, four graduates of the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication have been named 2014 Alumni Award winners. Alan Griggs (ABJ '72) of Nashville, Tenn., received the John Holliman Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award; Amy Glennon (ABJ '90) of Atlanta was honored with the Henry […]
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John Holliman Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award

 

 

Chris Holcomb has been awarded multiple Emmys for his work as chief meteorologist at 11Alive WXIA/WATL, the NBC affiliate in Atlanta, where he has worked for 27 years. During this time, he has also been honored with Gabby Awards for Best Coverage and an Associated Press Award for Best Weather Reporting. While pursuing his journalism degree at Grady College, he was selected for “The Lawmakers” internship at Georgia Public Television with the opportunity to report on the 1986 session of the Georgia General Assembly. Following graduation, Holcomb worked at WMAZ-TV in Macon. Holcomb earned his AMS Seal of Approval and Certified Broadcast Meteorologist designation from the American Meteorological Society.

Henry W. Grady Mid-Career Alumni Award

Henry “Hadjii” Hand is an acclaimed writer and producer with a voice for comedy. His first feature, “Somebodies,” premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and received a Golden Thumb Award from film critic Roger Ebert. Hand also wrote, executive produced and starred in the “Somebodies”television series for BET. Praised by the Associated Press as One of the Five New Shows to Watch, the show was also recognized by the LA Times Critic’s Choice as one of the highlights of 2008. Hand has also written and produced television pilots for Adult Swim, IFC, Fox Network and Disney XD. Currently, he works as a consulting producer on “Step Up,”a television series for Lionsgate/YouTube Premium. Hand serves as an instructor in the UGA’s Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts Program in Narrative Media Writing.

John E. Drewry Young Alumni Award

Angela Alfano is director of corporate communications for Major League Soccer, playing an  important role in sponsorship, business ventures and digital media, among other responsibilities. Before MLS, she worked in public relations at Tough Mudder in New York City, at the National Football League headquarters and in corporate communications for the Washington Redskins. Alfano started in sports communications as a student assistant in UGA’s Sports Information Department. In addition to her public relations degree from Grady College, Alfano has a bachelor’s degree in political science from UGA and a master’s degree in sports industry management from Georgetown University. She has been awarded the Chicago Skyline Award for “Establishing a New Identity for the NFL Draft” in 2016 by PRSA Chicago and was one of PR News’ “Rising Stars 30 and Under” in 2017.

Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award

James “Ford” Risley is a professor of communications and associate dean for undergraduate and graduate education in the Bellisario College of Communications at Penn State University. He is the author or editor of four books, including editor of American Journalism, the scholarly journal of the American Journalism Historians Association. Before teaching mass media history and law, he was a newspaper reporter and freelance writer. In addition to his master’s degree from Grady College, he has his bachelor of arts degree from Auburn University and his Ph.D. from the University of Florida.

John Holliman Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients
1975 – Tom Johnson (ABJ ’63)
1976 – Jasper Dorsey (ABJ ’36)
1977 – Don Carter (ABJ ’38)
1978 – Eugene Patterson (ABJ ’43)
1979 – Bill Ray (ABJ ’35)
1980 – Aubrey Morris (ABJ ’45)
1981 – Frank Hawkins (ABJ ’33)
1982 – William Ott (ABJ ’49)
1983 – William S. Morris, III (ABJ ’56)
1984 – James G. Minter, Jr. (ABJ ’51)
1985 – Powell A. Moore (ABJ ’59)
1986 – Eugene H. Methvin (ABJ ’55)
1987 – Robert Sherrod (ABJ ’29)
1988 – C. Richard Yarbrough (ABJ ’59)
1989 – Randall E. Savage (ABJ ’72)
1990 – Thomas C. Dowden (ABJ ’62)
1991 – Willie K. Thrower Friar (ABJ ’47)
1992 – Billy Watson (ABJ ’60)
1993 – Connie Stewart (ABJ ’59, MA ’68)
1994 – J. Carrol Dadisman(ABJ ’56)
1995 – Harley Bowers (ABJ ’42)
1996 – James P. Wooten (ABJ ’68)
1997 – Jack Avrett (ABJ ’50)
1998 – Earl Leonard (ABJ ’58)
1999 – John Holliman, Jr. (ABJ ’70)
2000 – Willis Johnson (ABJ ’43)
2001 – Edwin Pope (ABJ ’48)
2002 – Neil Aronstam (ABJ ’65)
2003 – Dennis Berry (ABJ ’66)
2004 – Harry Chapman (ABJ ’67)
2005 – Dan Magill (ABJ ’42)
2006 – Donald Perry (ABJ ’74)

2007 – Millard Grimes (ABJ ’51)

2008 – Carolyn Tieger (ABJ ’69)

2009 – Judge R. Alex Crumbley (ABJ ’64)

2010 – W.H. “Dink” NeSmith, Jr. (ABJ ’70)

2011 – Roger Strauss (ABJ ’80)

2012 – Edward Ingles (ABJ ’58)

2013 – Claude Felton (ABJ ’70, ABJ ’71)

2014 – Alan Griggs (ABJ ’72)

2015 – Joel Babbit
(ABJ ’76)
2016 – Ernie Johnson Jr.
(ABJ ’78)
2017 – Bonnie Arnold (ABJ’ 77)

2018 – Sally Yates (ABJ’82, JD’86) 

2019 – Chris Holcomb (ABJ ’85) 

Henry W. Grady Award Recipients

1995 – Deborah L. Blum (ABJ ’76)
1996 – Michelle Green (ABJ ’75)
1997 – Bonnie Arnold (ABJ ’77)
1998 – Bill Mattox (ABJ ’84)
1999 – Dan Gearino (ABJ ’75)
2000 – Walt Lloyd (ABJ ’73)
2001 – Dawn McCall (ABJ ’77)
2002 – Betty Hudson (ABJ ’71)
2003 – Brenda Hampton (ABJ ’73)
2004 – Lee Duffey (ABJ ’80)
2005 – Randy Travis (ABJ ’82) 
2006 – Bill Dean (ABJ ’83)

2007 – Jennifer Sloan (ABJ ’86)

2008 – Gene Colter (ABJ ’89)

2009 – Josh Jackson (ABJ ’94)

2010 – Justin Gillis (ABJ ’82)

2011 – Col. Bryan Salas (ABJ ’87)
 
2012 – Lisa Ryan Howard (ABJ ’92)

2013 – William Ostick (ABJ ’88)

2014 – Amy Glennon (ABJ ’90)

2015 – Michael Giarrusso (ABJ ’92)

2016 – Michael Abramowitz (ABJ ’90)

2017 – Jason Kreher (ABJ ’00)

2018 – Ashley Huston (ABJ’96). 

2019 – Henry “Hadjii” Hand (ABJ ’98)

John E. Drewry Award Recipients
1977 – Rex Granum (ABJ ’72)
1978 – Roger Ann Jones
1979 – Rodney Allen Smith (ABJ ’71)
1980 – Frank Compton (ABJ ’68)
1981 – W.H. (Dink) Nesmith, Jr. (ABJ ’70)
1982 – Betty Johnson Hudson (ABJ ’71)
1983 – Dennis McClain (ABJ ’70)
1984 – Mary Jo West (ABJ ’73)
1985 – Ernie Johnson, Jr. (ABJ ’78)
1986 – Deborah A. Norville (ABJ ’79)
1987 – Lewis Grizzard (ABJ ’84)
1988 – William R. Jones (ABJ ’77)
1989 – Mary Anne Hill (ABJ ’80)
1990 – Carolyn Carlson (ABJ ’73)

Alumni Awards Nomination Form

We accept alumni award nominations for deserving Grady College graduates year round.