Allison Ausband has worked at Delta Air Lines for 35 years and serves on the University of Georgia Foundation Board of Trustees. (Photo: submitted; Design: Allison Chenard)

Allison Ausband — Fellowship Inductee

Allison Ausband continues to use skills she learned when she was a Grady College journalism student.

“I use my education and the skills that I learned at Grady on a daily basis in my 35 year career at Delta,” Ausband said. “From the writing skills, to presenting in front of large audiences, to communicating more effectively, there is no doubt in my mind that these skills have helped propel me into my current position.”

Read more about Allison Ausband here.

Chris Clark — Fellowship Inductee

Anyone who has lived in middle Tennessee from the mid-1960s to 2007, probably knows the name and face of Chris Clark. Clark was the lead news anchor at WTVF in Nashville, a station he joined in 1966.  He retired in 2007 after 41 years, making him one of the longest-tenured anchors in American television history.

Today, Clark is an adjunct professor of broadcast journalism at Middle Tennessee State University.  In 2007, he was appointed to the Seigenthaler Chair of Excellence in First Amendment Studies at the university, leading to his current position as adjunct professor.

Read more about Chris Clark here.

Prior to his retirement, Chris Clark was one of the longest serving anchors for the same television station in the country. (Photo: supplied; Graphic: Allison Chenard)
Lindsey Cook has worked for the New York Times and U.S. News & World Report. (Photo: submitted; Design: Allison Chenard)

Lindsey Cook — John E. Drewry Young Alumni Award

Lindsey Cook (ABJ ’14) found her knack for journalism in is the details.

“My education and experience at Grady has been invaluable as I started and built my career in data journalism,” Cook said. “From Grady and my work at The Red & Black, I graduated with strong writing skills and an ability to write quickly, which benefited me greatly at the beginning of my career.”

Read more about Lindsey Cook here.

Purvi Farahi — Mid-Career Alumni Award

The task of strategizing for a global brand has always inspired Purvi Farahi (ABJ ’95). Her view of the advertising sphere expanded greatly because of her experiences as a UGA student.

“Exposure to ‘real world’ helped me to better understand the multitude of career opportunities in marketing and advertising,” Fahari said. “A school trip to New York to visit advertising agencies opened my eyes to brand management.”

Read more about Purvi Farahi here.

Farahi is now Vice President, Global Self Care Franchise at Johnson & Johnson. (Photo: submitted; Design: Allison Chenard)
Eugenia Harvey was named the chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer and a member of the senior leadership team at WNET in June 2020. (Photo: submitted; Graphic: Allison Chenard)

Eugenia Harvey — Fellowship Inductee

Many describe Eugenia Harvey (ABJ ’82) as a journalist who has impact as a storyteller and a legacy of connections and relationships.

“Being able to grow—whether it is moving into the digital landscape, or learning to work from home, or working with people who politically and socially disagree with you—all of that is a part of having gone to Georgia,” Harvey said.

Read more about Eugenia Harvey here.

Carol Ramos Helton and Dick Helton — Fellowship Inductees

Carol Ramos Helton is equally at home in front of a radio microphone, a television camera or in front of a menagerie of animals who live on the farm in Illinois that she manages with her husband, Dick Helton.

Carol and Dick, who spend part-time at the farm but call Los Angeles home, will be honored as inductees in the Grady Fellowship.

“Dick and I treasure our relationship to the college and our financial commitment,” Carol said.

Read more about Carol Ramos Helton and Dick Helton here.

"If there is one thing I learned at Grady, it’s that accuracy and truth matter," Carol Ramos said. "It’s a message that I am proud to say resonates in Grady classrooms today." Ramos and her husband, Dick, will be inducted into the Grady Fellowship April 16, 2021.
Dyar Massey will be inducted into the Sanford Circle, a posthumous honor.

Dyar Massey — Sanford Circle Inductee

Dyar Edwin Massey, Jr. (ABJ ’37, MA ’38) is one of those people who didn’t let an opportunity pass to get involved and make a difference—both as a student and as a communications professional.

Grady College is proud to honor Massey for his numerous contributions to journalism, education and his community by inducting him into the Sanford Circle, a posthumous honor created to recognize friends of the college whose achievement and generosity of spirit remain with us.

Read more about Dyar Massey here.

Monica Pearson — John Holliman Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award

Most Grady College students arrive seeking knowledge in their chosen field. Monica Pearson (MA ’14) is an alumna because she wanted to share her knowledge of journalism and Georgia.

Pearson is an award-winning journalist who informed generations of Georgians in her 37 years at WSB-TV in Atlanta. She was a broadcast journalist for a total of 45 years.

Read more about Monica Pearson here.

Monica Pearson graduated from Grady College with her master's degree after a 45-year career in broadcast journalism. (Photo: submitted; Design: Allison Chenard)
Ken Woo has been involved with 15 Olympic Games and in 2019, he was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame. He will be inducted into the Grady Fellowship this year. (Photo: submitted; Graphic: Allison Chenard)

Ken Woo — Fellowship Inductee

Ken Woo has taken the basic skills he learned in film making, photography and editing at Grady College and created an incredibly varied background in his nearly 40 years of serving as director of photography, cameraman and documentary producer.

“I learned a lot of the basics that I still rely on today in photography, film making, editing, writing, and most important, storytelling,” Woo, a journalism major, said. “The technical knowledge I learned about photography applies to all cameras that I work with even with today’s digital equipment, as well as the editing techniques I developed.”

Read more about Ken Woo here.

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The University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication is pleased to announce its 2019 Fellowship class: Connie Ledoux Book (PhD ’93), Richard Griffiths, Dean Krugman, Carole Munroe (ABJ ’82) and Brian Robinson (ABJ ’97). Established in 2008, the Grady College Fellowship honors alumni and friends of the college whose accomplishments and service […]
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Five Fellows, plus the John Holliman Jr. Award Winner, will be inducted into the Grady College Fellowship April 27, 2018.
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Dean Charles Davis and Grady College are pleased to announce the 2018 class of Grady College Fellows: E. Culpepper “Cully” Clark, Melita Easters (ABJ ’76), David Hazinski, Lisa Ryan Howard (ABJ ’92) and Lee Thomas (ABJ ’87). Established in 2008, the Grady College Fellowship honors friends of the college whose accomplishments, friendship and service to […]
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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 proudly announces the newest class of Grady Fellows, a recognition honoring friends of the college whose accomplishments, friendship and service to the industries they serve have made a positive impact on the college and its students. “This year’s class of Grady Fellows represents the full breadth and depth of the college,” said Charles […]
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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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2019 Grady Salutes Highlights

2019 Honorees inducted into the Grady Fellowship included: Chris Holcomb (ABJ ’85), Richard Griffiths, Carole Munroe (ABJ ‘82), Dean Krugman, Brian Robinson (ABJ ‘97)  Connie Ledoux Book (PhD ’93 (not pictured)
Alumni award honorees included: Chris Holcomb (ABJ ’85), John Holliman Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award. James Ford” Risley (MA ’92), Angela Alfano (ABJ ’10), the John E. Drewry Young Alumni Award,• Henry ‘Hadjii’ Hand (ABJ ’98), the Henry W. Grady Mid-Career Alumni Award •

The annual Grady Salutes event recognized honorees of Grady College.

Alumni Award recipients who were recognized  included:

  • Chris Holcomb (ABJ ’85), John Holliman Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Henry ‘Hadjii’ Hand (ABJ ’98), Mid-Career Alumni Award
  • Angela Alfano (ABJ ’10), the John E. Drewry Young Alumni Award
  • James “Ford” Risley (MA ’92), the Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award

Five alumni and friends were inducted into the Grady Fellowship, an honorary recognizing accomplishments, friendship and service. Those inductees included:

  • Connie Ledoux Book (PhD ’93)
  • Chris Holcomb (ABJ ’85)
  • Richard Griffiths
  • Dean Krugman
  • Carole Munroe (ABJ ’82)
  • Brian Robinson (ABJ ’97)

Tom Crawford (ABJ ’72), founder and editor of “The Georgia Report”, was inducted posthumously into the Sanford Circle.

 

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