Sidney Kobre Award for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism History

The Sidney Kobre Award for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism history is American Journalism Historians Association's highest honor.

The Kobre Award recognizes individuals with an exemplary record of sustained achievement in journalism history through teaching, research, professional activities, or other contributions to the field of journalism history. Award winners need not be members of the AJHA.

Nominations for the award are solicited annually, but the award need not be given every year. Those making nominations for the award should present, at the minimum, a cover letter that explains the nominee's contributions to the field as well as a vita or brief biography of the nominee. Supporting letters for the nomination are also welcome.

The Awards Committee selects the winner from among nominees and presents the award during a luncheon at the AJHA National Convention.

Send nominations no later than May 15, 2024.

Electronic submissions are preferred via email to: Dr. Willie Tubbs, Assistant Professor, University of West Florida,

Alternatively, postal submissions may be sent to the following address:

Dr. Willie Tubbs
AJHA Service Awards Chair
Communication Department
Building 36, Room 183
University of West Florida
11000 University Pkwy
Pensacola, FL 32514

John Maxwell Hamilton of Louisiana State University received the 2023 Kobre Award for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism History. Read about his achievement.

Past Winners

 2022 Janice Hume, Georgia  2008 Patrick Washburn, Ohio
 2021 Julie Williams, Samford 2007
 Wally Eberhard, Georgia


Ford Risley, Pennsylvania State 2006
 Hazel Dicken-Garcia, Minnesota
 2019 Debra Van Tuyll, Augusta 2005  Barbara Cloud, Nevada-Las Vegas
 2018 Eugenia Palmegiano, St. Peter's 2004  Joseph McKerns, Ohio State
 2017 Kitty Endres, Akron 2003  Michael Murray, Missouri-St. Louis
 2016 Jean Folkerts, North Carolina 2002  Margaret Blanchard, North Carolina
 2015 Michael Sweeney, Ohio 2001  Jim Startt, Valparaiso
 2014 Leonard Teel, Georgia State 1999
 Hiley Ward, Temple
 2013 David Abrahamson, Northwestern 1998  David Sloan, Alabama
 2012 David Paul Nord, Indiana 1997  Maurine Beasley, Maryland
 2010 David Copeland, Elon  1992  Ed Emery, Minnesota
 2009 Betty Winfield, Missouri  1986  Sidney Kobre

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