Media Persons of the Year


Past Awardees at the Media Persons of the Year Press Club Galas

2019 Television: Dave Murray $ Spencer Koch
Print: Sarah Bryan Miller & Bob Cohn
Radio: Ron Elz & Carol Daniel
Public Relations: Dan Farrell
Lifetime Achievement: Barry Peterson

2018 Television: Betsey Bruce & Frank Cusumano
Print: Eric Mink
Radio: KSHE 95
Postumously: John Auble
Lifetime Achievement: Jim Lehrer

2016 Dan Martin, Tom O'Neal, Sharon Stevens, Jay Randolph
Lifetime Achievement Award: Bill McClellan
Media Institution of the Year: KMOX
National Media Persons Recognition: Jack Dorsey & Jim McKelvey

2015 Jennifer Blome, Don Marsh, Dr. Donald Suggs
Lifetime Achievement Award: Candy Crowley
Special Journalism Recognition -- Journalism Excellence Award: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

2014 Rick Hummel
Lifetime Achievement Awards: Robert George "Bob" Uecker & Robert "Bob" Duffy

2012 Leisa Zigman
Special Journalism Recognitions -- Luminary Award: Fleishman-Hillard
Photojournalism Excellence Award: Robert Cohen & J.B. Forbes

2010 Mike Shannon
Special Journalism Recognitions -- Meritorious Service: Jeremy Kohler
Lifetime Achievement Award: Margaret Freivogel

2008 Vickie Newton & Larry Conners

2007 Joe Buck : Jack Buck National Media Person of the Year Award*

2006 Charles Klotzer & St. Louis Journalism Review
Russ Mitchell: National Journalism Achievement Award*


2003 St. Louis Post-Dispatch

2002 Mike Bush & Bernie Miklasz

2001 Greg Freeman & Dick Ford

2000 Charlene Sherman Bry & Karen Carroll

1999 Wendy Wiese & Bill Wilkerson

1998 Charles Brennan

1997 Bill McClellan

1996 Martin Duggan & Ray Hartmann

1995 Karen Foss

1994 Bob Costas

1993 Lifetime Achievement Award: Julius Hunter

1992 Mary Kimbrough

1991 Bob Broeg & Bob Burnes

1990 Al Fleishman

1989 Bob Hyland

1988 Joseph Pulitzer, Jr.

*The National Journalism Achievement Award and the Joe Buck National Media Person of the Year Award were established to recognize achievement of St. Louis media professionals whose journalistic accomplishments have
led to national media prominence.

History of the Event

In 1988, the Press Club of Metropolitan initiated the “Media Person of the Year” Award to recognize distinguished men and women from the St. Louis media whose exemplary performance established standards of professional conduct and accomplishment. This scholarship dinner and roast has evolved into a major fund-raiser, as well as one of the area's premier social events.

Today, the gala draws hundreds of people -- from the movers and shakers of St. Louis, to everyday citizens -- with a special affinity for the media professional(s) being honored. The event has gained the reputation of being a memorable evening of entertainment, with the honorees graciously accepting their "roasting" by prominent personalities and friends.

A popular part of each year’s event is the caricature. This year’s caricatures were created by Steve Edwards, cover artist for the St. Louis Journalism Review. Past caricatures have been created by Post-Dispatch cartoonists and illustrators Dan Martin and Amadee Wohlschlaeger.

Proceeds from this event benefit journalism/communications scholarships and internships, the media archives at the St. Louis Public Library, Press Club programs, and enterprise journalism fellowships. The St. Louis community's continuing support has enabled the Press Club to significantly expand its funding for scholarships and fellowships.

The Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis is honored to provide scholarships and internships to the underserved, bright communications students who are the trailblazers of tomorrow. Tonight, as we celebrate our 20th Media Person of the Year event, we proudly salute our esteemed honorees, as well as the past and present recipients of this coveted award.