Media Persons of the Year
Bob Costas, John Rooney, Derrick Goold, Kevin Horrigan and Rocco Landesman helped us toast Hall of Fame baseball writer Rick Hummel as the 2014 Media Person of the Year, and famed broadcaster Bob Uecker and veteran newsman Bob Duffy with Lifetime Achievement Awards at our Press Club’s gala on January 21. The reception and dinner at the Edward Jones Corporate Headquarters was followed by a lively and entertaining program enjoyed by nearly 400 guests. The funds raised support Press Club’s scholarship and enterprise journalism programs.
Past Awardees at the Media Persons of the Year Press Club Galas
1988 Joseph Pulitzer, Jr.
1989 Bob Hyland
1990 Al Fleishman
1991 Bob Broeg & Bob Burnes
1992 Mary Kimbrough
1993 Julius Hunter
1994 Bob Costas
1995 Karen Foss
1996 Martin Duggan & Ray Hartmann
1997 Bill McClellan
1998 Charles Brennan
1999 Wendy Wiese & Bill Wilkerson
2000 Charlene Sherman Bry & Karen Carroll
2001 Greg Freeman & Dick Ford
2002 Mike Bush & Bernie Miklasz
2003 St. Louis Post-Dispatch
2005 KETC-TV & KWMU-FM
2006 Charles Klotzer & St. Louis Journalism Review
Russ Mitchell: National Journalism Achievement Award*
2007 Joe Buck : Jack Buck National Media Person of the Year Award*
2008 Vickie Newton & Larry Conners
2010 Mike Shannon
Special Journalism Recognitions -- Meritorious Service: Jeremy Kohler
Lifetime Achievement Award: Margaret Freivogel
2012 Leisa Zigman
Special Journalism Recognitions -- Luminary Award: Fleishman-Hillard
Photojournalism Excellence Award: Robert Cohen and J.B. Forbes
2014 Rick Hummel
Lifetime Achievement Awards: Robert George "Bob" Uecker Robert "Bob" Duffy
2015 Jennifer Blome, Don Marsh, Dr. Donald Suggs
Lifetime Achievement Award: Candy Crowley
Special Journalism Recognition -- Journalism Excellence Award: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
*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.