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

2012 Leisa Zigman

2014 Rick Hummel

*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.