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Please join us for the Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis “2014 Media Person of the Year” scholarship dinner and gala on Tuesday January 21, 2014 at the magnificent Edward Jones Headquarters on Manchester. (Click here for credit card payment and reservations.) 

It will be a sensational evening of fun and entertainment and recognize media communication at its best.   Rick Hummel, veteran St. Louis Post Dispatch sports columnist, will be honored as Media Person of the Year for his many contributions to sports journalism in our community.  We will also be honoring Bob Uecker, iconic sports radio broadcaster and a former Cardinal’s baseball player, with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his many decades of bringing baseball to life through his spirited and insightful commentary.  Also to receive recognition for his long and illustrious St. Louis news career will be Bob Duffy, a longtime critic and cultural affairs editor for the Post-Dispatch for three decades until 2005, and a founder of the St. Louis Beacon, which in the last five years, has become a recognized national leader in non-profit, online journalism.  (Click here for bio info on our honorees.)

Press Club has honored distinguished persons in the local media with this event since 1988.   The event supports education by awarding scholarships and internships to future journalists, as well as funding for local investigative enterprise journalism and supports the media archives at the St. Louis Public Library.


The Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis Media Person of the Year Gala

The Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis initiated the Media Person of the Year Award in 1988 with Joseph Pulitzer, Jr. as its first recipient.  Its purpose has always been to recognize distinguished men, women and organizations from the St. Louis media whose exemplary performances established standards of professional conduct and accomplishment. The event has gained the reputation for being a memorable evening of entertainment with the honorees accepting toasts and roasts by prominent personalities and friends.  Past honorees are:

Joseph Pulitzer, Jr.

Bob Hyland

Al Fleishman

Bob Broeg and Bob Burnes

Mary Kimbrough

Julius Hunter

Bob Costas

Karen Foss

Martin Duggan and Ray Hartmann

Bill McClellan

Charles Brennan

Wendy Wiese and Bill Wilkerson

Charlene Sherman Bry and Karen Carroll

Dick Ford and Greg Freeman

Mike Bush and Bernie Miklasz

St. Louis Post-Dispatch


Charles Klotzer & The St. Louis Journalism Review

Russ Mitchell, National Journalism Achievement Award

Joe Buck, Jack Buck National Media Person of the Year Award

Vickie Newton and Larry Conners

Mike Shannon

Leisa Zigman 

The Media Person of the Year Scholarship Gala is the Press Club’s major fund-raising event and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for scholarships and internships for underserved and deserving students, for enterprise  journalism grants funding investigative reporting projects in the metropolitan area and  the on-going support of theMedia Archives of the St. Louis Public Library. 

The Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis is a professional, social and charitable organization of people who make, cover and influence the news. Our members are reporters, editors, news directors, anchors, columnists, broadcasters, professionals in advertising, marketing, communications and public relations and others who may be sources of news. It is a true “umbrella” organization for those in the profession.

The mission of the Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis is to serve as a primary resource for the journalism and communications industry. The Press Club advances understanding of mass communicators and their respective publics and promotes awareness of significant issues facing the press.