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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 2014 Alumni Award winners. Alan […]
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John Holliman Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award

 

Monica Pearson (MA ’14), recipient of the John Holliman Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award, is a renowned Atlanta television broadcast journalist. Named after the late John Holliman Jr. (ABJ ’70), a Grady alumnus and former CNN reporter. After 37 years as a news anchor with WSB-TV Atlanta, Pearson retired in 2012. She now hosts a weekly radio show on KISS 104.1 FM and continues her Closeups interviews on WSB’s website.

The John Holliman Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award honors sustained contributions to the profession throughout a career.

Mid-Career Alumni Award

Purvi Farahi (ABJ ’95), honored with the Henry W. Grady Mid-Career Award, is senior director consumer health strategy for Johnson & Johnson, where she currently leads global strategy for the consumer sector. In addition to her Grady degree, she holds an MBA from the Terry College of Business.

 

John E. Drewry Young Alumni Award

Lindsey Cook (ABJ ’14), recipient of the John E. Drewry Young Alumni Award, is senior digital storytelling editor at the New York Times. She leads data trainings for reporters and editors and assists journalists with compiling data for stories.  She is also a novelist. Her first book, “How to Bury Your Brother”, comes out in May 2020.

The Drewry award recognizes a graduate of the last decade who has experienced a successful early career.

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) 
2020 – Monica Pearson (MA ’14)

Mid-Career Alumni 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)
2020 – Purvi Farahi (ABJ ’95)

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)

2019 – Angela Alfano (ABJ ’10)
2020 – Lindsey Cook (ABJ ’14)

Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award Recipients