Media Persons of the Year
Past Awardees at the Media Persons of the Year Press Club Galas
2016 Dan Martin, Tom O'Neal, Sharon Stevens, Jay Randolph
Lifetime Achievement Award: Bill McClellan
Media Institution of the Year: KMOX
National Media Persons Recognition: Jack Dorsey & Jim McKelvey
2015 Jennifer Blome, Don Marsh, Dr. Donald Suggs
Lifetime Achievement Award: Candy Crowley
Special Journalism Recognition -- Journalism Excellence Award: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
2014 Rick Hummel
Lifetime Achievement Awards: Robert George "Bob" Uecker & Robert "Bob" Duffy
2012 Leisa Zigman
Special Journalism Recognitions -- Luminary Award: Fleishman-Hillard
Photojournalism Excellence Award: Robert Cohen & J.B. Forbes
2010 Mike Shannon
Special Journalism Recognitions -- Meritorious Service: Jeremy Kohler
Lifetime Achievement Award: Margaret Freivogel
2008 Vickie Newton & Larry Conners
2007 Joe Buck : Jack Buck National Media Person of the Year Award*
2006 Charles Klotzer & St. Louis Journalism Review
Russ Mitchell: National Journalism Achievement Award*
2005 KETC-TV & KWMU-FM
2003 St. Louis Post-Dispatch
2002 Mike Bush & Bernie Miklasz
2001 Greg Freeman & Dick Ford
2000 Charlene Sherman Bry & Karen Carroll
1999 Wendy Wiese & Bill Wilkerson
1998 Charles Brennan
1997 Bill McClellan
1996 Martin Duggan & Ray Hartmann
1995 Karen Foss
1994 Bob Costas
1993 Julius Hunter
1992 Mary Kimbrough
1991 Bob Broeg & Bob Burnes
1990 Al Fleishman
1989 Bob Hyland
1988 Joseph Pulitzer, Jr.
*The National Journalism Achievement Award and the Joe Buck National Media Person of the Year Award were established to recognize achievement of St. Louis media professionals whose journalistic accomplishments have
led to national media prominence.
History of the Event
In 1988, the Press Club of Metropolitan initiated the “Media Person of the Year” Award to recognize distinguished men and women from the St. Louis media whose exemplary performance established standards of professional conduct and accomplishment. This scholarship dinner and roast has evolved into a major fund-raiser, as well as one of the area's premier social events.
Today, the gala draws hundreds of people -- from the movers and shakers of St. Louis, to everyday citizens -- with a special affinity for the media professional(s) being honored. The event has gained the reputation of being a memorable evening of entertainment, with the honorees graciously accepting their "roasting" by prominent personalities and friends.
A popular part of each year’s event is the caricature. This year’s caricatures were created by Steve Edwards, cover artist for the St. Louis Journalism Review. Past caricatures have been created by Post-Dispatch cartoonists and illustrators Dan Martin and Amadee Wohlschlaeger.
Proceeds from this event benefit journalism/communications scholarships and internships, the media archives at the St. Louis Public Library, Press Club programs, and enterprise journalism fellowships. The St. Louis community's continuing support has enabled the Press Club to significantly expand its funding for scholarships and fellowships.
The Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis is honored to provide scholarships and internships to the underserved, bright communications students who are the trailblazers of tomorrow. Tonight, as we celebrate our 20th Media Person of the Year event, we proudly salute our esteemed honorees, as well as the past and present recipients of this coveted award.