Grady alumna Carole Munroe wins Pat Tobin Award

Congratulations to Carole Munroe (ABJ '82), the 2015 recipient of the Patricia L. Tobin Media Professional Award.  She was honored on Aug. 8 during the National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence gala in Minneapolis.

Munroe currently serves as director of public relations Walt Disney World Resort.

“Carole Munroe is a skilled public relations practitioner. She has a strategic mind, business savvy, combined with a clear and confident style of communication,” said NABJ President Bob Butler, in a news release issued by the organization. “As the public relations lead for Disney theme parks, she helps a global audience understand how special Disney's parks are and the amazing experiences they offer to visitors from around the world.”

Munroe, a member of the Grady Alumni Society Board, said the award is special to her for several reasons.

 “First, as a PR professional, it is extremely rewarding to be recognized by an association of journalists, who are among the professionals that publicists work so hard to inform, influence and build relevant relationships with,” Munroe said. “It’s a recognition of the hard work of the profession and the results we deliver to helps others look and be their best.

“Second, I was pleased that NABJ decided to call it the Media Professional Award, not just a public relations award, because, as I said in my acceptance remarks, the communications business is wide open for the best communicators to come out on top – whether you are a journalist, a blogger, a social media maven or a PR professional,” she said.  “We all are using and sharing the same tools with the end goal of telling amazing stories that connect, motivate and inform.  For me, as someone who started out as a journalist with solid training from the Grady College, it’s a testament to the places you can go with a solid communications foundation.”

The award is named for the late Pat Tobin, a member of the NABJ who was a dedicated activist for causes that impacted minorities, women and youth, according to the news release.

Date: August 31, 2015