Awards presented to local journalists

American Journalism Historians Association honors journalists working in the area local to its national convention site each year with its Outstanding Local Journalist Award and Donna Allen Luncheon recognition. The Local Host Committee selects the honorees. For information on the Local Host Committee for the upcoming convention, please visit our Convention page.

Outstanding Local Journalist Award

American Journalism Historians Association annually bestows its Outstanding Local Journalist Award for Substantial Contribution to the Public Interest to a journalist local to the convention city whose work has had a positive impact on the community.

Following are recent recipients:

  • Lucy Morgan, St. Petersburg Times (2016)
  • Denise White, WTVT Fox 13 Tampa Bay (2016)
  • Mick Hinton, Oklahoma Hall of Fame journalist (2015)
  • Paul McEnroe, Minneapolis Star Tribune (2014)
  • Lee Zurik, WVUE-TV (New Orleans, 2013)
  • J. Andrew Curliss, Raleigh News & Observer (2012)
  • Lewis Diuguid, Kansas City Star (2011)
  • Carmen Duarte, Arizona Daily Star (2010)



Paul McEnroe, recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Local Journalist Award, discusses his work as an investigative journalist.

AJHA honored Mary Stucky of Round Earth Media at the 2014 Donna Allen Luncheon. (Photo: Don Bishop.)

Donna Allen Luncheon Honoree

The annual Donna Allen Luncheon celebrates contributions of women to the field of journalism. American Journalism Historians Association invites a woman journalist local to the convention city as its honored guest and featured speaker for the luncheon.

Following are recent recipients:

  • Janet Keeler, Florida food writer (2016)
  • Jaclyn Cosgrove, The Oklahoman (2015)
  • Mary Stucky, Round Earth Media (St. Paul, 2014)
  • Peggy Scott Laborde, WYES-TV (New Orleans, 2013)
  • Wyndham Robertson, retired after a 40-year career (Raleigh, 2012)
  • Donna Stewart, Kansas City Call (2011)
  • Margaret Regan, Tucson Weekly (2010)

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