Vicki Michaelis receives Association for Women in Sports Media award

Vicki Michaelis, the John Huland Carmical Chair in Sports Journalism & Society and director of the John Huland Carmical Sports Media Institute, is the recipient of the 2022 Ann Miller Service Award by Association for Women in Sports Media. It is presented annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to the organization.

Michaelis has worked at Grady College since 2012, and has been the faculty adviser for the AWSM student chapter at the University of Georgia and she regularly participates in conventions as a moderator or panelist.

Before joining UGA, she spent more than two decades as a sports journalist, including at USA Today as the lead Olympics reporter and Denver bureau sportswriter covering professional and college sports. She also was a reporter for The Denver Post and The Palm Beach Post.

“Getting an award named for Ann Miller? Priceless to me,” Michaelis said. “She isn’t just part of AWSM’s foundation. She’s part of its soul. That soul, that community, has meant so much to me and my career — as both a journalist and a professor. I am truly honored.”

Michaelis is a former president and chair of the board who has played a role in several AWSM endeavors. She was a regional coordinator, helping plan and host events in the Denver area, and took on treasurer responsibilities during her time as chair.

“Vicki’s involvement and support of AWSM long after serving on the board embodies what the Ann Miller Service Award is all about,” AWSM president Ashley Colley said. “She has helped so many women at both the student and professional level. I’ve witnessed her contributions on both fronts, working with student chapters and giving advice to many of our members seeking guidance from a veteran woman in this industry. We thank Vicki for always making time to give back to AWSM.”

Established in 2013, AWSM’s service award is named in honor of Ann Miller, a longtime Hawaii-based sports reporter who was the organization’s treasurer for its first 10 years, served as board chair and has attended nearly every convention despite the long travel distance.

Editor’s Note: The above was edited from a feature written by AWSM. An original copy of this feature can be found on the AWSM website.

Vicki Michaelis provides input to students in an outdoor class of Multi-platform Storytelling in Sports in April 2022. (Photo: Sarah E. Freeman)

Association for Women in Sports Media seek funds to attend conference

The Association for Women in Sports Media chapter at UGA has established a Georgia Funder account to raise money so their members can attend the national conference.

AWSM advocates for the professional advancement of women in sports media. As a student chapter, AWSM at UGA hosts guest speakers, networking and social events, and professional development workshops, and is closely aligned with the Grady Sports Media certificate at Grady College.

The chapter is seeking the opportunity to represent UGA and Grady College at the 2018 AWSM conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. Through this conference, chapter members will have the opportunity to learn from and network with professionals across the different fields of the sports media industry. The benefits of this event would resonate back on campus and catalyze a lasting movement toward camaraderie and mutual interest in development between students aspiring to careers in sports media.

Support of the fund will go toward the registration and travel expenses for a diverse group of driven women from the chapter.

Please visit the AWSM chapter’s Georgia Funder page to share your support.