Three Grady College alumnae to receive 2020 Alumni Awards

Three Grady College alumnae to receive 2020 Alumni Awards

March 24, 2020

The Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication will honor three outstanding alumnae with its 2020 awards.

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.

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.

The Henry W. Grady Award honors a mid-career graduate who has been influential in his or her field.

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.

The winners will receive their awards at Grady Salutes: A Celebration of Achievement, Commitment and Leadership on Thursday, Oct. 1 at Athens Cotton Press. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities for Grady Salutes will be available at by February 17.

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