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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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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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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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

 

 

Sally Yates (ABJ ’82, JD ‘86), former deputy attorney general of the United States, is the 2018 recipient of the John Holliman Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Grady College. Named after the late John Holliman, Grady alumnus and former CNN reporter, the award honors sustained contributions to the profession throughout a career.

Yates was unable to be present to receive the John Holliman Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award, but accepted her honor from Diane Murray, director of alumni relations and outreach when she was on campus in March, and again from Sloan at a Women in the World Summit a few weeks ago. She video-taped a message relaying that although she was not a practicing journalist, “journalists and lawyers have something in common: we both are on a search for the truth. The principles that I learned in journalism school about the importance of the truth, about the crucial role that a free press plays in our democracy… those principles are more important today than ever before.”

 

Henry W. Grady Mid-Career Alumni Award

Ashley Huston(ABJ ’96), former chief communications officer with Dow Jones Company, is the 2018 recipient of the Henry W. Grady Mid-Career Alumni Award. The award honors a graduate who has been influential in his/her field.

“Supporting quality journalism in whatever way that applies to you has literally never been more important, and I can’t wait to see the contributions of the future that’s represented in this room.” Huston concluded by saying she tries to live by the following characteristics: “Be authentic, be curious, be principled and be nice to people.”

John E. Drewry Young Alumni Award

 

Polina Marinova(ABJ ’13), associate editor of Fortune Magazine, is the 2018 recipient of the John E. Drewry Young Alumni Award.  The award recognizes a graduate of the last decade who has experienced a successful early career.

Marinova outlined three defining moments of her Grady College experience including convincing Conrad Fink to let her into his class before she was eligible, the time she became editor-in-chief of the Red & Black and finally, the mobilization of students who created a memorial fund in memory of the legacy of Barry Hollander. “Each of these defining moments taught me a specific life lesson: to learn from the best, execute on the things that matter and never forget to pay it forward when you can.”

Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award

Jisu Huh (MA ’00, PhD ‘03), the Raymond O. Mithun Endowed Chair in Advertising and Director of Graduate Studies at the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota, is the 2018 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award, presented by Grady College.  The award honors an alumnus/a for excellence and sustained contributions to scholarship in journalism and mass communication education.

“Grady College is where I was born again as a scholar and being recognized as a distinguished scholar is an honor that means so much to me,” Huh said. She talked about the challenges she had coming to the United States from Korea, and credited her Grady professors who challenged and supported her and encouraged her to persevere.

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) 

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). 

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)

1991 – Joel Babbit (ABJ ’76)
1992 – Condace Pressley (ABJ ’86)
1993 – Deborah Roberts (ABJ ’82)
1994 – Hanna Ledford (ABJ ’68)
1995 – Julie Bryan Moran (ABJ ’84)
1996 – Timothy W. Mapes (ABJ ’86)
1997 – Lauran Neergaard (ABJ ’89)
1998 – Chip Caray (ABJ ’87)
1999 – Chris Decherd (ABJ ’90)
2000 – Michael Giarrusso (ABJ ’92)
2001 – Todd Fantz (ABJ ’92)
2002 – Amanda Rosseter (ABJ ’90)
2003 – Christopher Grimes (ABJ ’92)
2004 – Erin McClam (ABJ ’99)
2005 – Tom Lasseter (ABJ ’99)
2006 – Kyle Wingfield (ABJ ’01)
2007 – Jon Gallo (ABJ ’99)
2008 – Jessica Foster Bonner (ABJ ’04)
2009 – Jennifer Rainey Marquez (ABJ ’00)
2010 – Lynssey Gardner (ABJ ’06)
2011 – Kelly Hornbuckle (ABJ ’06)
2012 – Alex Wallace (ABJ ’04)
2013 – Ben Mayer (ABJ ’06)
2014 – Greg Bluestein (ABJ ’04)
2015 – Dawn Brun (ABJ ’04)
2016 – Maria Taylor (ABJ ’09)
2017 – Brooke Beach (ABJ ’11)
2018 – Polina Marinova (ABJ’13)

Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award Recipients

Alumni Awards Nomination Form

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