Deborah Roberts (ABJ ’82) honored with DiGamma Kappa Distinguished Achievement Award

DiGamma Kappa, Grady College’s national broadcast society, is presenting renowned journalist Deborah Roberts (ABJ ’82) with its annual Distinguished Achievement in Broadcasting Award.

The award, which is usually presented in person at the annual DiGamma Kappa and Georgia Association of Broadcasters joint banquet, will be presented virtually for the first time in its history on February 24 at 7 p.m.

Deborah Roberts is interviewed by Sydney Shadrix of DGK for a Facebook Live broadcast before a 2019 panel discussion with fellow alumni and professional journalists.

“Deborah Roberts is an inspiration to young journalists like us,” said Molly English, the president of DiGamma Kappa. “It’s an honor to be able to present this award to her for her outstanding work in our field.”

Roberts is an award-winning Senior National Affairs Correspondent for ABC News’ “20/20,” “Nightline,” “Good Morning America” and “ABC World News Tonight with David Muir.”

The Distinguished Achievement in Broadcasting and Cable Award is presented by DiGamma Kappa and is co-sponsored by the Georgia Association of Broadcasters and Grady College. Former honorees include Wolf Blitzer, Barbara Walters and Charlayne-Hunter Gault.

Founded in 1939, DiGamma Kappa is the nation’s oldest broadcast journalism society. It strives to promote networking opportunities for its members and prepare them for their careers after Grady while encouraging a high quality of broadcast journalism.

The banquet will be available to watch on the College’s Facebook and YouTube channels February 24 at 7 p.m.

DGK and GAB annual awards dinner honoring Brad Nessler

DiGamma Kappa and Georgia Association of Broadcasters will honor annual awards winners at this annual celebration dinner.

DGK is honoring Brad Nessler of CBS Sports on January 29, 2020 at 7pm at the Special Collections Library on campus. Tickets are $40 and anyone can purchase them online at https://gab.ticketspice.com/2020-gab-hall-of-fame. Be sure to order soon for the opportunity to meet Brad Nessler and hear about his experience in the sports media world.

It will be preceded earlier in the day by the Georgia Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame luncheon.

Caroline Beasley to receive Distinguished Achievement Award

The University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication’s national broadcast society, DiGamma Kappa, will present Caroline Beasley with its annual Distinguished Achievement in Broadcasting and Cable Award.

The award will be presented Jan. 25 at DiGamma Kappa’s annual awards banquet at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries and is co-sponsored by the Georgia Association of Broadcasters and Grady College.

Beasley, a graduate from the University of North Carolina, currently serves as the chief executive officer of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc.

Since joining the company in 1983, Beasley has served as director, executive vice president, chief financial officer, treasurer and secretary. She also currently serves as joint board chair of the National Associate of Broadcasters and is the past chairman of the NAB Radio Board.

Beasley has been recognized by numerous awards such as the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters and the 2012 Frances Preston Trailblazer Award from the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group.

In addition, in 2017 she was honored by Radio Ink magazine as Radio Executive of the Year and was named one of the 40 Most Powerful People in Radio in 2011, 2012, 2016 and 2017.

The Distinguished Achievement in Broadcasting and Cable Award is presented by DiGamma Kappa. Previous winners include Tony Barnhart (2017), David Chandley (2016) and Amy Robach (2015).

DiGamma Kappa celebrates its 78th anniversary this year.  It is the nation’s oldest student broadcast society and was founded at Grady College. DiGamma Kappa encourages student participation in all phases of production for television and radio and fosters professional competence among its members.  It also strives to promote a high quality of broadcast journalism while adhering to outstanding ethical standards.

Tony Barnhart recognized with DiGamma Kappa Distinguished Achievement Award

The University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication’s national broadcast society, DiGamma Kappa, presented Tony Barnhart, also known as “Mr. College Football,” with its annual Distinguished Achievement in Broadcasting and Cable Award.

The award was presented Feb. 24 at DiGamma Kappa’s annual awards banquet at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.

“Tony embodies the passion and the dedication that we all strive for,” said Daniel Bignault, director of development for DiGamma Kappa. “Thank you, Tony, for inspiring us and being such an incredible role model that we can look up to and follow.”

Tony Barnhart, also known as Mr. College Football, recently completed his 41st year of covering college football for newspapers, radio, television and the internet.

He has also written five books about college football, including “Dooley: My 40 Years at Georgia” and “From Herschel to a Hobnail Boot: The Life and Times of Larry Munson.”

Barnhart, a former national college football writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, is currently a college football analyst on the SEC Network and is an active blogger with Gridironnow.com and through his website TonyBarnhart.com. He has also been a contributing reporter for “College Football Today” for CBS Sports and was the host of “The Tony Barnhart Show,” on the CBS Sports network.

Barnhart spoke about his journey and told the audience that everyone's journey is not going to be a straight line.
Barnhart spoke about his journey and told the audience that everyone’s journey is not going to be a straight line.

“Being a journalist was the furthest thing from my mind when I went to college,” Barnhart admitted during his comments at the awards ceremony. “I was going to be a football coach. I loved football from the minute I walked into Sanford Stadium in 1965.”

Among his numerous honors are the Bert McGrane Award given by the Football Writers Association of America and the Furman Bisher Award for Media Excellence given by the Atlanta Sports Council. He was inducted into the Grady College Fellowship in Spring 2016.

Barnhart provided a collection of advice to the students about listening to smart people, dressing professionally, being over-prepared and arriving early.

He also offered advice about keys to being a good journalist.

“Always be skeptical; never be cynical,” Barnhart said. “You’ve got to be curious. You can’t be in this business without being curious. Skepticism opens doors and gets to the truth and to what you need. Cynicism is lazy and close-minded…and, it’s almost always wrong.”

His final insight, and what he called the most important, was inspired by Grady College Dean Charles Davis.

“When we get it right and stick to the fundamentals, we are not the enemy of the people,” he concluded. “We are their servants and it is our honor to serve.”

Barnhart frequently connects with students, speaking regularly in Grady Sports Media certificate classes and other events.
Barnhart frequently connects with students, speaking regularly in Grady Sports Media certificate classes and other events.

The Distinguished Achievement in Broadcasting and Cable Award is presented by DiGamma Kappa and is co-sponsored by the Georgia Association of Broadcasters and Grady College. Previous winners include David Chandley (2016), Amy Robach (2015), and Gale Anne Hurd (2013).

DiGamma Kappa celebrates its 78th anniversary this year.  It is the nation’s oldest student broadcast society and was founded at Grady College.  DiGamma Kappa encourages student participation in all phases of production for television and radio, and fosters professional competence among its members.  It also strives to promote a high quality of broadcast journalism while adhering to outstanding ethical standards.