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AP’s Kathy Gannon honored with medal

The 2014 winner of the James Foley Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism is Kathy Gannon, a correspondent for the Associated Press who has spent more than 20 years covering the Middle East.

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Northwestern News Network wins national Emmy

NNN’s coverage of the 2014 gubernatorial and congressional elections garnered the student-run network an award at the College Television Awards.

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Medill renames award to honor James Foley

Foley will be named an honorary winner of the medal and be recognized along with 2013 winner Matthieu Aikins at an event on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at the McCormick Foundation Center Forum, 1870 Campus Drive.

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IMC Online Program Celebrates First Graduating Class

Medill held its master’s convocation ceremony on June 21, 2014, which included a celebration of the first six IMC Online Master’s students to complete Medill’s first fully online program. The group, who had worked on class projects remotely together, were excited to meet each other and their professors in person at graduation.

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Matthieu Aikins receives the 2013 Medill Medal for Courage

The 2013 Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism has been awarded to Matthieu Aikins for his story in Rolling Stone exposing alleged war crimes by U.S. Army Special Forces in Wardak Province in Afghanistan.

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Medill senior named winner of 2014 Howell Essay Competition

Chen’s essay, “The problem with gawking,” analyzed the truth behind a leaked security video of an anonymous woman wearing nothing but a thong destroying a McDonald’s restaurant. The video went viral.

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Brooke Bailey Johnson (MSJ74)

Honoree 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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John Bartlow Martin Award: Alexandra Robbins

Alexandra Robbins was awarded the 2014 John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Magazine Journalism for her winning piece, “Children Are Dying.” The article was published May 22, 2013 in the Washingtonian magazine.

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Medill racks up broadcast award nominations

Medill students had a banner night at the Chicago/Midwest National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences College Student Production Nominations.

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Students awarded McCormick National Security Journalism Scholarships

The Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications has named 10 McCormick National Security Journalism Scholarship recipients to participate in an innovative 11-week reporting program in fall 2013. Their work in Medill’s Washington bureau will culminate in an investigative multimedia project on national security issues.

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Staff members win award for redesigned magazine, viewbook

Medill staff members Jessica Parker Gilbert and Marc Zarefsky were honored by The International Academy of Visual Arts on Wednesday, May 1, with 2013 Communicator Awards for their work on the Medill Magazine and Medill graduate journalism viewbook.

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Sophomore wins first place in Hearst Foundation awards

Medill sophomore Rachel Janik (BSJ15) won first place in the Hearst enterprise-reporting category this week and will be one of eight students from across the country to compete in the Hearst Foundation’s national writing championships in June.

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