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.

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Dr. Janice Hume of the University of Georgia received the 2022 Kobre Award for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism History. Read about her achievement.

Past Winners

Ford Risley, Pennsylvania State
 Wally Eberhard, Georgia


Debra VanTuyll, Augusta  2006
 Hazel Dicken-Garcia, Minnesota
 2018 Eugenia Palmegiano, St. Peter's
 2005  Barbara Cloud, Nevada-Las Vegas
 2017 Kitty Endres, Akron
 2004  Joseph McKerns, Ohio State
 2016 Jean Folkerts, North Carolina
 2003  Michael Murray, Missouri-St. Louis
 2015 Michael Sweeney, Ohio  2002  Margaret Blanchard, North Carolina
 2014 Leonard Teel, Georgia State  2001  Jim Startt, Valparaiso
 2013 David Abrahamson, Northwestern  1999
 Hiley Ward, Temple
2012 David Paul Nord, Indiana  1998  David Sloan, Alabama
 2010 David Copeland, Elon  1997  Maurine Beasley, Maryland
 2009 Betty Winfield, Missouri  1992  Ed Emery, Minnesota
 2008 Patrick Washburn, Ohio  1986  Sidney Kobre

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