Hope Edelman (BSJ86) and Charles Remsberg (BSJ58, MSJ59) are the newest members of the Medill Hall of Achievement after their induction on Thursday at the annual meeting of the Medill Board of Advisers.
Edelman, a best-selling author, and Remsberg, an author and freelance writer, bring the number of members of the Medill Hall of Achievement to more than 140 accomplished alumni.
Medill Dean Brad Hamm introduced the inductees by speaking about their accomplishments and celebrating their “lifetime achievements.”
“We have a list of people who achieved so much. You look at these two and know they belong,” Hamm said.
Edelman, who has been recognized as an expert on the long-term effects of early mother loss, has written six nonfiction books. Her international bestseller “Motherless Daughters,” which was published in 1994, chronicles the experience of nearly 200 women, including herself, who lost their mothers at a young age. She has appeared on television shows across the world and has been published in numerous publications. Edelman is also the recipient of a New York Times Notable Book of the Year designation and a Pushcart Prize for creative nonfiction, among other honors.
She was introduced by Associate Professor Emeritus-in-Service Roger Boye, who described Edelman as a “master writer.”
“Writers affect eternity because they can never tell when their influence stops,” Boye said, pointing to how “Motherless Daughters” continues to have a lasting impact nearly 20 years after publication.
Edelman credited her time at Medill for helping and inspiring her to reach the place she is at today. She mentioned important lessons learned from her professors during her time at school and how they remain relevant in her professional life today. Never give up, learn how to be quiet and always be present, among others.
The second inductee, Charles Remsberg, was introduced by Howard Geltzer (BSJ58, MSJ59), a member of the Medill Board of Advisers. Geltzer mentioned the pair’s 59-year friendship and Remsberg’s success as a student and professional journalist.
Remsberg, who has specialized in writing nonfiction stories about major social problems, currently is the president of Exceptional Communications Solutions and was the co-founder and president of Calibre Press, a producer and marketer of law enforcement training materials. Remsberg wrote more than 800 articles as a freelancer between 1960 and 1980, and most of his stories appeared in major publications like Esquire, Reader’s Digest and the New York Times Magazine. He has won a variety of awards for his writing on important social issues and received a Commemorative Award from the International Association of Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers, recognizing 30 years of service to law in 2010.
“Throughout every stage of my career, there have been core principles instilled at Medill that helped guide me,” Remsberg said.
Similar to Edelman, Remsberg credited his professors for important lessons such as never stop hunting for the truth and other crucial points.
“It is the personal challenge that keeps us perpetually learning. That’s the fun part of this job,” he said.
The Medill Hall of Achievement was created to honor Medill alumni whose distinctive careers have had positive impacts in their fields. Since it was founded in 1997, the Hall of Achievement has inducted more than 140 members. These distinguished men and women work in journalism, the business world, academia and nonprofits and have all achieved incredible success within their respective fields.