The Association for Women in Sports Media is pleased to announce The Ann Miller Service Award, a new award to honor members who have made significant contributions to AWSM.
The AWSM Board voted in late 2013 to create The Ann Miller Service Award, and the inaugural award will be presented at the 2014 convention in Orlando, Fla. Going forward, the award will be presented each year to a person who has made a significant contribution to the organization.
Miller, a longtime Hawaii-based sports reporter, was one of the charter members of AWSM when the organization was founded in 1987. She was treasurer for AWSM’s first 10 years, and also served as board chairman. She has attended nearly every convention (22) despite traveling from Hawaii. Miller continues to serve the organization by assisting on an awards selection sub-committee. She retired in February 2014 after 33 years as a sportswriter for the Honolulu Advertiser and now Star-Advertiser.
At AWSM’s 2013 convention in Phoenix, Miller was presented with a crystal award recognizing her dedication to the organization. At right is the photo of Susan Fornoff, one of AWSM’s founders, presenting Miller with the award (photo by Michael Ging).
2016 Ann Miller Service Award winner: Christine Brennan
Christine Brennan, a founding member of AWSM and its first president, has won the third Ann Miller Service Award. Brennan, who was honored at the 2016 convention in Miami, is a big reason why AWSM looks the way it does now.
Not only is Brennan a founding member of the organization, she’s a co-founder of the scholarship/internship program and donates continuously to a scholarship in the name of her parents. Currently, Brennan is a national sports columnist for USA Today, a commentator for ABC News, CNN, PBS NewsHour, and NPR’s Morning Edition.
2015 Ann Miller Service Award winner: Lydia Craver
Lydia Craver, an AWSM member since 2000, has coordinated more conventions and regional events than any other member. Craver, who was honored at the 2015 convention at the Grand Hyatt Denver, also has been the organization’s top fundraiser.
Craver held various board positions from 2003-2013, including serving as a vice president for five years. In August, 2015, she returned as chair of the board. Craver joined ESPN in 2008 after spending a decade in newspapers, primarily in South Florida at The Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post.
Full story: Read more on Craver
2014 Ann Miller Service Award winner: Joanne Gerstner
Longtime member and past AWSM president Joanne Gerstner has won the inaugural Ann Miller Service Award, which was presented at the 2014 convention May 22-25 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla.
Gerstner played a pivotal role at a critical time for AWSM. Her push for non-profit status gave AWSM a framework for financial stability. She then successfully spearheaded the largest sustained fundraising campaign in AWSM history, and helped establish the endowment of the organization’s scholarships program.
Full story: Read more on Gerstner