Former Associated Press sports editor Terry Taylor has been selected as the recipient of 2016 Mary Garber Pioneer Award, an honor bestowed upon those who have distinguished themselves in the field of sports media while reflecting and advancing the values and mission of AWSM.
“AWSM is proud to give this award to someone so deserving, a true pioneer in our field who cast a wide net of influence on so many,” AWSM president Jennifer Overman said of Taylor.
Taylor, who joined the Associated Press in Philadelphia in 1977, moved to sports in 1981 – working as a writer, desk supervisor, assistant sports editor and deputy sports editor before ultimately serving as sports editor for 21 years. A native of Chester, Pa., and graduate of Temple University, Taylor retired in 2013.
USA Today Sports columnist Christine Brennan has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Ann Miller Service Award, established to honor those who have made significant contributions to AWSM.
AWSM’s first president, Brennan has been a tireless and outspoken advocate for the organization. She not only played a major role in launching the scholarship/internship program – she has contributed to it for years, most recently in the form of two scholarships in honor of her late parents, Jim and Betty Brennan. She is a past recipient of AWSM’s Pioneer Award (2004).
Taylor and Brennan will be honored at AWSM’s 2016 convention, set for July 28-31 at the Mandarin Oriental in Miami.
Taylor is the 18th woman to receive the Mary Garber Pioneer Award, which was first awarded to CBS Sports broadcaster Lesley Visser in 1999. For a complete list of honorees: http://awsmonline.org/2016-convention/mary-garber-pioneer-award/
Brennan is the third woman to receive the Ann Miller Service Award, following Lydia Craver (2015) and Joanne Gerstner (2014). Miller, for whom the award is named, was honored at AWSM’s 25th anniversary convention in 2013.