Mary Pat Flaherty
Brooke Bailey Johnson
Medill Hall of Achievement
Medill selected six alumni to be inducted into the Medill Hall of Achievement for 2014. This year’s inductees include distinguished alumni from advertising, public relations, investigative reporting, broadcast and sportswriting and cartooning. The following six inductees were honored at a ceremony on Thursday, May 15, at the Chicago History Museum.
William James Eaton (BSJ51, MSJ52) - Honoree William Eaton’s stories led to the rejection of one of President Richard Nixon’s Supreme Court nominees. Congress rejected Clement Haynesworth, and Eaton won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. The series of articles landed him on Nixon’s enemies list, a point of pride for Eaton. Watch a video on Eaton.
Mary Pat Flaherty (BSJ77) - In her 35-year career, honoree Mary Pat Flaherty has investigated complicated subjects and helped readers understand why they should care about them. She won the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for specialized reporting, and her work has driven debate and reform in government programs and non-profits. Watch a video on Flaherty.
Howard Geltzer (BSJ58, MSJ59) - Growing up in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, honoree Howard Geltzer was an avid baseball fan. When his dreams of playing for his high school were dashed, Geltzer did the next best thing. He wrote sports stories for the school newspaper. Watch a video on Geltzer.
John Gerzema (MSA87) - John Gerzema is a pioneer in the use of data to identify social change and help companies anticipate and adapt to new trends and demands. He credits his time at Medill for instilling his passion for curiosity, storytelling and insight. Watch a video on Gerzema.
Brooke Bailey Johnson (MSJ74) - Brooke Bailey Johnson’s strategic vision for television has built programs and networks into household names. In her roles at Food Network, Cooking Channel, A&E and The History Channel, Johnson drove change to grow viewership. She is now President of Food Network and Cooking Channel which encompasses all food programming for TV and digital. Watch a video on Johnson.
Murray Olderman (MSJ47) - Honoree Murray Olderman has profiled and drawn sports cartoons of every major sports figure in the past 60 years. From Mickey Mantle to Rocky Marciano, from Al Davis to Tiger Woods, Olderman has covered them all. For 35 years, he was a syndicated columnist and cartoonist whose work was distributed by Newspaper Enterprise Association, a Scripps-Howard syndicate, to 650 daily newspapers. Watch a video on Olderman.
John Bartlow Martin Award
The John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Magazine Journalism was also awarded on May 15 and honors outstanding public interest magazine journalism, at which Martin himself excelled. During his 10 years on the Medill faculty, Martin inspired students to report thoroughly, and make every word count. Learn more about John Bartlow Martin.
2014 Winner: Alexandra Robbins - Alexandra Robbins’ winning piece, “Children Are Dying,” was published May 22, 2013 in the Washingtonian magazine. Robbins’ story brings to light a shortage in some Washington hospitals of nutrients premature babies and other patients need to survive. Watch a video on Robbins.