Excellence in Journalism Awards Night, a great success!
What a night! The Sixth Floor Museum was host to a sold out crowd for the fifth annual, Excellence in Journalism, North Texas Legends event, co-sponsored with the historic Sixth Floor Museum, in Dealey Plaza, Thursday evening, May 21st.
The winning journalists were chosen to receive the distinguished award by a peer panel comprised of past “Legend” award winners, Hugh Aynesworth and Rena Pederson, and longstanding Press Club members; Jo Ann Holt, and Paul Wahlstrom.
Hugh Aynesworth and Cary Broussard, Press Club Board members co-chaired the event which was kicked off by President Niki McCuistion, who welcomed attendees and introduced our Host, Nicola Longford, Executive Director of the Sixth Floor Museum.
Kristi Nelson anchor for NBC 5, did a great job as emcee, introducing each of the 13 honorees.
Our esteemed Honorees included:
Helen Bryant Anders: Dallas Morning News; Austin American Statesman, reporter, retired.
B.J.Austin: KERA, KRLD radio, reporter, retired
Sam Blair, Dallas Morning News sports reporter, columnist, retired
Mollie Finch-Belt, Dallas Examiner, publisher
Dan Jenkins, Fort Worth Press, Dallas Times-Herald, sports reporter, Sports Illustrated, Golf Digest, writer, retired
David McHam, Southern Methodist University, Baylor University, University of Houston, journalism professor, retired
Bob Mong, Dallas Morning News, editor, retired
Robert Moore, Dallas Voice, publisher, retired
Becky Munoz-Diaz, KUVN Univision Television Group, general manager, retired
George Riba, WFAA-TV Channel 8, sports reporter, retired
Bob Ray Sanders, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, associate editor,
Brad Sham, Dallas Cowboys Radio Network, KRLD, KLUV
Clarice Tinsley, anchor, KDFW, Fox 4
They touched our lives that night ,with their stories as they have done throughout the years with their work.
Special thanks to the Sixth Floor Museum’s, Nicola Longford and Michael Cheever for their generosity , to David Wolpert and Lauren Finegan our social media volunteers, and to all of the event volunteers coordinated by Jo Ann Holt.
They helped us set a new precedent for excellence.
Niki McCuistion Press Club President