News and notes from AWSM members in September:
Jill Painter, sports columnist of the Los Angeles Daily News, has met her fundraising goal of $1,800 for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer for the fifth consecutive year.
Painter raises money in memory of her mom, Loretta, who died four years ago from breast cancer. Her mom loved to ‘’kick asphalt’’ so this is a perfect combination.
To make fundraising fun, Painter auctioned Dodgers tickets, had a charity poker/raffle night – which doubled in size from the previous year – and has fundraisers at the Jersey Mikes owned by former Dodger Steve Yeager and his wife.
Walking the two-day, 39-mile event in Santa Barbara is the bonus.
AWSM member Linda McCoy-Murray and David E. Hofmans were married July 18 at Villa Leopoldina in Camucia, Tuscany, Italy.
Linda, CEO & Founder of the Jim Murray Memorial Foundation, is the widow of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning sports columnist Jim Murray. Dave is a thoroughbred horse trainer who stables at Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia, California. In 1996, he gained national prominence as a trainer of Alphabet Soup, who defeated the famous Cigar in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. He was a 2006 nominee for the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.
The Jim Murray Memorial Foundation, a California 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation, was established in 1999 to perpetuate Jim Murray’s legacy and his love for and dedication to his extraordinary career in journalism. The foundation’s goal is to raise funds throughout the year to provide $5,000 scholarships for second- and/or third-year journalism students. The foundation coordinates a nationwide essay competition, with winners decided by a panel of nationally known journalists.
The 2012 Murray Scholars included:
• Emily Kaplan, Penn State University
• Daniel Savitzky, University of Southern California (USC)
• Andrew Wagaman, University of Missouri
• Matthew Mainuli, Trinity College-Hartford (Jim Murray alma mater receives a scholarship each year)
Former AWSM President Jenni Carlson, and her husband Ryan Reaves, welcomed their first child, Amelia Hazel, on June 13 in Oklahoma City.
Millie checked in healthy and happy, at 7 pounds, 2 ounces and 19 1/2 inches long. Mom reports Millie enjoys watching sports on TV (yay bright colors!), eats like a champ, and sleeps at least six hours straight every night – a fact that has both mom and dad tickled pink.
Victoria Lim, formerly of Bright House Sports Network, won first place in the Sunshine State’s Society of Professional Journalists awards for sports reporting. Lim’s award-winning reports focused on the efforts of a Tampa Bay professional soccer player to create a foundation in his home country of Haiti.
VP/Scholarship-Internship Lindsay Jones has added daily morning drive-time radio to her duties, joining the Mile High Sports as a co-host with Peter Jones and Mark Kizla on FM93.7 (KCKK) in Denver.
Jones is the Denver Broncos beat writer for the Denver Post.
Jena Janovy was promoted by ESPN.com to deputy editor of enterprise. She will oversee strategic planning for long-term journalism and help ESPN.com expand its enterprise and investigative areas.
Janovy joined ESPN.com in 2006, and was previously a senior editor.
Former APSE president Michael Anastasi has been named vice president and executive editor of the Los Angeles Newspaper Group (LANG) for MediaNews.
He had been the managing editor of the Salt Lake Tribune since 2004, and also helped AWSM’s outreach efforts in Utah.
Former AWSM president Vicki Michaelis has been named the Carmical Distinguished Professor in Sports Journalism and Society at the University of Georgia. Starting this fall, she will be creating a new center for sports journalism at UGA and developing a sports media curriculum at Grady College.
Michaelis had been USA Today’s lead Olympics beat writer, covering the past six Games. Michaelis and her family will be moving to Athens.
VP/Outreach Joanne Gerstner is headed to the University of Michigan for the 2012-13 school year, as a Knight Wallace Fellow.
Her area of research will be athletes and concussions. She is the second AWSM member to win the Knight Wallace Fellowship, following 2009 Mary Garber Pioneer Award recipient Linda Robertson.
AWSM President Stef Loh is the new San Diego State football writer for U-T San Diego.
She previously was a sports enterprise reporter at the Patriot News in Harrisburg, Pa. To read a Q&A with AWSM’s new president, click here.
AWSM Chair of the Board Kathy Kudravi was named as CNN’s Sports Editorial Director.
Kudravi, who had been at ESPN for 13 years, has relocated with her family to Atlanta. To read more on Kudravi’s new role in AWSM, click here.