NSPA Pioneer Award Winners

The Pioneer Award is the highest award NSPA presents to journalism educators.

Pioneers are individuals who make substantial contributions to high school publications and journalism programs outside of their primary employment.

NSPA maintains a composite plaque of Pioneers and displays it at its headquarters. Candidates are nominated by previous Pioneer winners and NSPA board members.

2020 Pioneer Award Recipients

Erinn Harris
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Virginia

Kristi Rathbun
Rock Canyon High School, Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Chris Waugaman
Prince George High School, Prince George, Virginia

Ray Westbrook
St. Mark’s School of Texas, Dallas

MORE INFO | The 2020 awards announcement

Recipients

Jeanne Acton
David Adams
Julian Adams
Logan Aimone
Ann Akers
Martha Akers
Olive Allen
Benjamin W. Allnut
Edmund C. Arnold
Mary Arnold
Robert Atwood
Dan Austin
Ellen Austin
Judy Babb
Bob Bair
Ira L. Baker
Benjamin H. Baldwin
Michelle Balmeo
Linda Barrington
Marjorie Bell
Mary Benedict
Lester G. Benz
Jane Blystone
Peter Bobkowski
Don Bott
John Bowen
John Boyd
Diane Boyle
Regis L. Boyle
Wayne Brasler
Vicki McCash Brennan
Howard Brier
Rick Brooks
Deanne Brown
Donald E. Brown
W. Mike Brown
Jeff Browne
Mary Elizabeth Burdette
Robert Button
Laurence R. Campbell
Marilyn K. Chapman
Pat Clark
Molly Clemons
Ron Clemons
Jolene Combs
Judith Coolidge
David Cosgrove
Kathy Craghead
James Crook
Mattie Gay Crump
Alyce Culpepper
Jeffrey Currie
John Cutsinger
Kathy Daly
Sharon Deibel
Vince DeMiero
Beth Dickey
Merle Dieleman
Julie Dodd
Mary Kay Downes
William Downs, Jr.
Linda Drake
Georgia Stilwell Dunn
Wayne Dunn
Jack Dvorak
Gloria Eastman
Mitch Eden
Howard Emerson
Edwin Emery
Paul Ender
Jackie Engel
Tom Engleman
Earl English
Herman A. Estrin
Carrie Faust
Brenda Feldman
Nick Ferentinos
Brenda Field
John Field
Vince Filak
Beth Fitts
Lu Chapin Flannery
Bill Flechtner
Karen Flowers
Virginia Follin
Kathy Roberts Forde
Mary Lu Foreman
Sheryl Fulton
Kelly Furnas
George Gallup Sr.
George Gallup Jr.
Arnetta Garcin
Tom Gayda
Joseph Glowacki
Tony Gomez
Mark Goodman
Brenda Gorsuch
Pat Graff
JoAnne Graham
Kim Green
Nancy Green
Robert Greenman
Dorothy D. Greer
Peggy Gregory
Ruth Marie Griggs
Kathy Habiger
Clarence W. Hach
Max Haddick
Diana Hadley
Carol Hallenbeck
H.L. Hall
Nancy Hall
Bill Hankins
Laurie Hansen
Kathleen Hansen
Glenn Hanson
Jack Harkrider
Charla Harris
Erinn Harris
Rowena Harvey
Nancy Hastings
Susan Hathaway
Bobby Hawthorne
Ann Christine Heintz
Andrea Henderson
R.D. Hendricks
Mike Hiestand
Monica Hill
Barbara Hines
Judith Hines
Richard Holden
Diane Yotsuya Honda
John Hudnall
Harold H. Herbert
Bonnie Horne
Freeman Hover
Rod Howe
Joe Humphrey
Elizabeth Hurley
Orval C. Husted
Louis E. Ingelhart
Sr. M. Rita Jeanne
Richard Johns
James Jordan
Paul Kandell
Linda Kane
Elwood C. Karwand
Crystal Kazmierski
Lori Keekley
Gretchen Kemp
Jack Kennedy
Linda Kennedy
Ellen Kersey
Val Kibler
Fred Kildow
Bernard Kilgore
Jane Kirtley
David Knight
Robert Knight
Judy Knudtson
Susan Komandosky
Bruce Konkle
Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver
Hillier Krieghbaum
Konnie Krislock
Carol Lange
Kathy Leabo
Skip Leabo
Janet Levin
Pete LeBlanc
Mark Levin
Gary Lindsay
Richard Lloyd
J. Grady Locklear
Dick LoPachin
Gary Lundgren
Roberta Mace
James Magmer
Aaron Manfull
Sharon Martin
Dave Massy
Susan Massy
Steve Matson
Jim McCrossen
Jim McGonnell
Vida B. McGriffin
Richard McNeill
Dorothy McPhillips
C. J. Medlin
Rob Melton
Carl G. Miller
Bill Mohn
Amy Morgan
Dan Moore
Shirley Moravec
Betty Morton
John Mulligan
Joe Murphy
Mark Murray
Jeff Nardone
Ed Nell
Terry Nelson
Mark Newton
Casey Nichols
Sarah Nichols
Steve O’Donoghue
Lori Oglesbee
Gloria Olman
Charles O’Malley
Sarah Ortman
J.L. O’Sullivan
Mary Patrick
J.F. Paschal
N.S. Patterson
Nancy Patterson
Cheryl Pell
Meghan Percival
Candace Perkins
Terry Peterson
Kay Phillips
Marci Pieper
Wayna Polk
Margaret Popham
Homer A. Post
Hazel Glenn Presson
Mary Pulliam
Linda Puntney
Otto W. Quale
Kristi Rathbun
Betsy Pollard Rau
DeWitt C. Reddick
Sally Renaud
Judy Robinson
Mabel E. Robrock
Debra Rothenberger
Martha Rothwell
Charles E. Savedge
Robin Gibson Sawyer
Laura Schaub
Kathy Schrier
John B. Schrodt
Vicki Scorsone
Albert Scroggins, Jr.
Tracy Anne Sena
Ellen Sengenberger
Alyce Rogers Sheetz
Gloria Shields
Linda Shockley
Becky Sipos
Kenson Siver
Sigmund Sluszka
Helen Smith
Nancy Y. Smith
Linda Smoley
Howard Spanogle
Mary Sparks
L. Curtis Sheffield
Paul Schweiger
Harold Spears
Mary Still
F. Kenneth Stratton
Lynn Strause
Jim Streisel
Edmund Sullivan
Paul S. Swensson
Randy Swikle
Dow Tate
George Taylor
H.C. Taylor
Sherri Taylor
Wilma Taylor
Barbara Thill
Albert R. Tims, Ph.D.
Cindy Todd
Robert Tottingham
Carl Towley
Craig Trygstad
Carol Underberger
Rod Vahl
Fern Valentine
Carl Vandermeulen
Ben Van Zante
Ann Visser
Randy Vonderheid
DeWitt Wallace
Bill Ward
Bruce Watterson
Chris Waugaman
Marilyn Weaver
Alan Weintraut
David Weisenburger
Lorraine Wellenstein
Carmen Wendt
Ray Westbrook
John Wheeler
Anne Whitt
Laura Widmer
Tom Winski
Bradley Wilson
Harold Wilson
Jack Wilson
Scott Winter
Jan Wiseman
Sandy Woodcock
Virginia Woodring
Shirley Yaskin
Joanna Zander
Mitch Ziegler
Stan Zoller
Kathleen Zwiebel