Aug 5, 2015
Know someone who is a trailblazer for women in sports journalism and is supportive of AWSM’s mission? If so, nominations are open for AWSM’s 2016 Mary Garber Pioneer Award.
The nomination deadline is Wednesday, Aug. 19.
Email awards chair Meri-Jo Borzilleri (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your nomination. Include the nominee’s name, affiliation and a brief explanation of why you believe this person should be nominated. You may nominate multiple people.
The Pioneer award is presented in recognition for distinguished work in the industry and a commitment to upholding and advancing the values of AWSM.
The award, along with the Ann Miller Award for significant contributions to AWSM, will be presented at the 2016 convention, set for July 28-31 in Miami. The Pioneer Award, AWSM’s highest honor, was given to Robin Herman this year.
Since illness kept Robin from Denver, she plans to attend the 2016 convention – so we’ll have two Pioneers to fete.
Here’s a description of the criteria and process:
Each year since 1999, the Association for Women in Sports Media has honored giants in the field of journalism with the Mary Garber Pioneer Award.
Garber’s sportswriting career in North Carolina spanned seven decades (1944-2002), from a time when she was banned from locker rooms to a time when she presided over professional organizations that had excluded women, like the Football Writers Association of America and the Atlantic Coast Sportswriters Association. Garber, who died in 2008, was also one of few to cover black high schools and colleges in the era of segregation.
In 2005, she became the first woman to win the Red Smith Award, the Associated Press Sports Editors’ highest honor, awarded to someone who has made major contributions to sports journalism.
Much like Garber, Pioneer award winners have pushed the envelope, stretching themselves and those around them to aim higher and dig deeper.
From the days of breaking through closed locker room barriers to an era of excelling in new media and advanced technology, Pioneers with diligence and passion accept challenges and achieve greatness in the process.
Candidates for the Pioneer Award are nominated by the AWSM membership, and voted upon by the board members and past Pioneer Award recipients. The opportunity to nominate legends and trendsetters — past and present — for the highest honor bestowed upon an industry member should be acknowledged with your full participation.
While candidates need not be current members of AWSM, we ask they be seen as supportive of the organization and its mission: to serve as a positive advocate for women in sports media; to mentor and assist young women entering into sports media and to serve as a watchdog, promoting fair portrayal of female professionals in sports media.
We ask that every AWSM member nominate at least one person who epitomizes the spirit of the award.
Nominations are encouraged from all facets of media: newspapers, online, magazines, television, radio and public relations. Whether it’s covering unprecedented territory in new media, building towers of achievement in television, radio, newspapers and magazines, or pushing the industry forward with technology, visuals and more, Pioneer candidates need to be recognized.
Click here to learn more about the Pioneer Award and past recipients.
Finalists will be selected by AWSM’s awards committee and then voted by board members and Pioneer winners in late August or early September.
Pioneer Award recipients:
1999: Lesley Visser
2000: Claire Smith
2001: Michele Himmelberg
2002: Tracy Dodds
2003: Melissa Ludtke
2004: Christine Brennan
2005: Cathy Henkel
2006: Kristin Huckshorn
2007: Julie Ward
2008: Mary Schmitt Boyer
2009: Linda Robertson
2010: Julie Cart
2011: Rosa Gatti
2012: Sandy Rosenbush
2013: Lisa Olson
2014: Nancy Cooney and Susan Fornoff
2015: Robin Herman