The McGill program advances journalistic courage in the name of Ralph McGill, the late editor and publisher of the Atlanta ConstitutionThe McGill program includes:
- The McGill Lecture, highlighting a journalist or McGill Medal Award recipient, who has exhibited courage in their field
- The McGill Symposium, bringing together journalists, faculty and the McGill Fellows, to consider what journalistic courage means and how reporters and editors exemplify it
- The McGill Medal for Journalist Courage, awarded to a journalist each year who has demonstrated journalist courage
The McGill program honors Ralph McGill’s courage as editor of The Atlanta Constitution. McGill was regarded as the “conscience of the south” for his editorials challenging racial segregation in the 1950s and 1960s. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1958 for “long, courageous, effective leadership.”
Your gift to the McGill Lecture and Endowment Fund helps us sustain our effort to advance journalistic courage and carry it forward. Gifts support all McGill Programs, the McGill Lecture, McGill Symposium and McGill Medal. Please make checks payable to The UGA Foundation McGill Lecture and Endowment Fund.
We have been honored to have the following journalists join us as past McGill Lecture speakers:
List of previous lecturers
2023 – Lynsey Addario, a photojournalist who has covered war and women’s issues in the Middle East
2021 – Omar Jimenez, a CNN correspondent based in Chicago
2019 – David McCraw, deputy general counsel for the New York Times
2018 – Marina Walker Guevara, deputy director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
2017 – Souad Mekhennet, The Washington Post
2016 – David Armstrong, senior enterprise reporter for STAT
2015 – Kathy Gannon, Associated Press Special Regional Correspondent for Afghanistan and Pakistan
2014 – Antonio Mora, host of Al Jazeera America’s “Consider This,”
2013 – Christine Brennan, sports columnist for USA Today
2012 – Bill Adair, editor of PolitiFact
2011 – Jan Schaffer, executive director of J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism
2010 – Paul Steiger, editor in chief, ProPublica
2009 – Martin Kaiser, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
2008 – Hannah Allam, McClatchy Newspapers
2007 – Julia Wallace, The Atlanta Journal Constitution
2006 – Leonard Pitts Jr., The Miami Herald
2005 – Jerry Ceppos, Knight Ridder
2003 – Hodding Carter, III, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
2002 – Geneva Overholser, University of Missouri
2001 – Cynthia Tucker, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
2000 – John Egerton, Journalist and Author
1999 – Deborah Roberts, ABC News
1998 – Jay Smith, Cox Newspapers, Inc.
1997 – Robert J. Danzig, The Hearst Corporation
1996 – Frank Deford, National Public Radio
1995 – Helen Thomas, United Press International
1994 – Clarence Page, The Chicago Tribune
1993 – David Lawrence, Jr., The Miami Herald
1992 – Richard Oppel, The Charlotte Observer
1991 – Celestine Sibley, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
1990 – Claude Sitton, The Raleigh News and Observer
1989 – Reg Murphy, The Baltimore Sun
1988 – Jack Nelson, The Los Angeles Times
1986 – Alvah Chapman, Knight Ridder
1985 – Gene Roberts, The Philadelphia Inquirer
1984 – John Seigenthaler, The Tennessean
1983 – Katharine Graham, The Washington Post
1982 – Robert Maynard, The Oakland Tribune
1981 – Anthony Lewis, The New York Times
1981 – Tom Johnson, The Los Angeles Times
1980 – Tom Wicker, The New York Times
1979 – Eugene Patterson, The St. Petersburg Times
The McGill Symposium brings together students, faculty and leading journalists to consider what journalistic courage means and how it is exemplified by reporters and editors. The McGill Symposium is funded by the McGill Lecture Endowment.
The McGill Symposium is not a public event, due to limited seating. However a report from the Symposium is available online.
Each year twelve undergraduate and graduate students, selected by a faculty committee for their strengths in academics, practical experience and leadership, are named McGill Fellows.
The McGill Fellows help select the next recipient of the McGill Medal, awarded annually to a U.S. journalist whose career has exemplified journalistic courage.
The following is a compilation of Symposium Reports from previous gatherings. Each report includes a list of participating journalists, McGill Fellows and a summary of each panel discussion.
The McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage
The McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage has been presented since 2009 and honors a working U.S. Journalist whose career has exemplified journalistic courage.
The McGill Fellows, undergraduate and graduate students chosen for academic achievement, practical experience and leadership, make the selection.
The following is a list of former McGill Medal Recipients:
Lynsey Addario, 2023
Omar Jimenez, 2021
Rana Ayyub, 2020
Daniel Berehulak, 2017
Jason Rezaian, 2016
Kathy Gannon, 2015
Glenn Greenwald, 2014
Dorothy Parvaz, 2013
Rukmini Callimachi, 2012
Current TV reporters, 2011
Chauncey Bailey, 2010
Jerry Mitchell, 2009