Pappas honored by Auburn University journalism

UPDATED May 2, 2011

McAdory: AU alums excel in journalism

By Joe McAdory, Staff Writer
Published: April 28, 2011

It’s an engineering school. An agricultural school, too. It’s even considered a football factory.

But whether you know it or not, Auburn University has produced its share of talented and decorated journalists, scribes who have successfully managed magazines, penned popular syndicated columns and broken national sports stories.

Remember the Alex Rodriguez steroid scandal? The story didn’t break itself. It was exposed to the world by Selena Roberts, a 1986 Auburn grad who worked under the flagship of Sports Illustrated at the time. Roberts is now a columnist for the New York Times.

She’s come a long way since working as sports editor for The Auburn Plainsman.

Ever heard of Southern Living magazine? It’s quite popular in these parts. John Logue, a 1955 Auburn graduate, helped create and manage Southern Living for years and was a powerful force behind its direction and style. His brother, Mickey, was a longtime journalism professor at Auburn, and I’m proud to have had the opportunity to learn from him.

Rheta Grimsley Johnson frequents the editorial page of the Opelika-Auburn News, and her witty columns are syndicated to many others. Johnson, a 1977 Auburn grad, loves to reflect on her time in college, current life in Mississippi, people and sometimes how her experiences relate to politics.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Cynthia Tucker recently won a Pulitzer Prize, journalism’s Heisman Trophy, for her work in 2007, and has been recognized as Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists. She graduated from Auburn in 1976.

These are just a few.

Last Friday, the school celebrated its seventh annual Journalism Advisory Council Honors Luncheon and Ceremony at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. A number of top-notch journalists were recognized for their work and commitment to the profession.

This year’s honorees included Mobile Press-Register Managing Editor Dewey W. English Jr. (Distinguished AU Journalism Alumnus); former CBS News reporter James D. Stewart (Distinguished Mass Media Achievement); Dothan Eagle Sports Editor Jon Johnson (Distinguished Alabama Community Sports Journalist); former Talladega Daily Home Publisher Carol Pappas (Distinguished Alabama Community Journalist); and the late Ronald B. Casey, former editorial page editor for the Birmingham News (Distinguished Special Achievement in Journalism).

Auburn, like most universities, produces some of the finest teachers, pharmacists, scientists, mathematicians, horticulturists, etc. around. It’s time folks are reminded that journalism at AU has a strong pedigree.

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UPDATED April 26, 2011

AU to present alumni journalism awards

Posted: 04/22/2011 10:45 AM
The Associated Press

Auburn University is presenting its annual journalism awards to graduates.

Among the winners being honored at Friday’s Journalism Awards luncheon are Mobile Press-Register managing editor Dewey English. English is receiving the Distinguished Auburn Journalism Alumnus Award.

The late Ron Casey, who was editorial page editor of The Birmingham News, won for Distinguished Special Achievement in Journalism.

Other winners include Dothan Eagle sports editor Jon Johnson for Alabama community sports; former Talladega Daily Home editor-publisher Carol Pappas for Alabama community journalist; and retired CBS news journalist Jim Stewart, for mass media achievement.

Past winners include Pulitzer Prize winners Howell Raines, Cynthia Tucker and Brett Blackledge.

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AU to present alumni journalism awards – The-Dispatch


2011 Auburn Journalism Awards

Posted by Auburn University on February 13, 2011 at 11:00 p.m.

Veteran CBS News reporter Jim Stewart is one of five journalists chosen to receive the prestigious 2011 Auburn Journalism Awards at The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center on Friday, April 22, at 11:30 a.m.


The other four honorees are Dewey English, managing editor of The Mobile Press-Register; Carol Pappas, former editor and publisher of The Talladega Daily Home and St. Clair Times; Jon Johnson, sports editor of The Dothan Eagle; and the late Ronald B. Casey, former editorial page editor of The Birmingham News.



The five awards and their recipients are:



• Distinguished Mass Media Achievement – Jim Stewart

• Distinguished AU Journalism Alumnus – Dewey English

• Distinguished Alabama Community Journalist – Carol Pappas

• Distinguished Alabama Community Sports Journalist – Jon Johnson

• Distinguished Special Achievement in Journalism – the late Ronald B. Casey



“From the outset of these awards, we have encouraged broad participation,” said Roy Bain, journalism advisory council awards chairman. “We’ve been pleased to honor some of this state’s best, and the 2011 class fits well among those.”



The 2011 Honors Luncheon and Awards Ceremony luncheon tickets are $40 per person. Checks should be made out to the Auburn University Foundation. Please write “2011 Journalism Awards Luncheon” in the memo line. Please send the checks to: Dr. Jennifer Wood Adams, Journalism Program Director, Department of Communication and Journalism, 232 Tichenor Hall, Auburn, AL 36849. The deadline for reservations is Monday, April 4.



The Auburn University Journalism Advisory Council established these awards in 2005 “to recognize and celebrate the best and most enduring professionals in our field” who work inside or outside of the state, but have Alabama roots. Only the AU Journalism Alumnus award requires that the recipient has an Auburn University journalism connection, and it is not restricted to those in the practice of journalism.

The advisory council realizes “numerous AU journalism alums have succeeded admirably in a variety of fields.” 

Nomination letters for the awards are accepted annually, September through October. Current and former professionals are eligible nominees.

Anyone interested in more information on these awards are encouraged to contact Dr. Jennifer Wood Adams, AU Journalism Program Director (adamsj1@auburn.edu), or Roy Bain, chairman of the awards committee (rbain1217@att.net).

For more on Jim Stewart, read more at CBS News.

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Auburn honors Pappas for her work in journalism

Feb 14, 2011

By David Atchison, The Daily Home

Carol Pappas, the former editor and publisher of The Daily Home and St. Clair Times, is one of five veteran journalists selected to receive prestigious 2011 Auburn Journalism Awards.

Pappas, who left the newspaper last year, will receive the Distinguished Alabama Community Journalist award in April.

“Throughout my career, local news and community journalism were the two things I concentrated on as a reporter, editor and publisher, so it makes this award more special to me,” Pappas said Monday.

Pappas will be honored at the 2011 Honors Luncheon and Awards Ceremony April 22 at Auburn University.

“I’m certainly honored by this award,” Pappas said. “The Auburn journalism program gave me a great background. Journalism was always my passion. To be recognized in this way is truly humbling.”

Pappas is a Birmingham native and an Auburn graduate. A longtime member of the Alabama Press Association, Pappas was president of the organization in 2006, only the third woman to hold that title.

Pappas was only the fifth woman in the state to be named the publisher of a daily Alabama newspaper.

She served as publisher of The Daily Home from 1997 to 2010 and as the publisher of the St. Clair Times when it began production in 1999. She resigned as publisher of both newspapers in February 2010 to start her own multimedia business.

Pappas started her tenure at The Daily Home in 1981 as a reporter in the Pell City bureau. She rose through the ranks, serving as bureau manager, city editor, managing editor, general manager and publisher.

Before coming to The Daily Home, she worked as a reporter and photographer for one weekly newspaper and as the editor for another.

Pappas is involved in numerous professional and civic organizations throughout the area and around the state.

She is a past president of the Alabama Associated Press Managing Editors, vice chairwoman of the Auburn University Journalism Advisory Council, a member of the Auburn University Alumni Magazine Advisory Board, co-founder of the Talladega County Community Improvement Foundation, chairwoman of the Pell City Center for Education and the Performing Arts, a member of the board of directors for the Alabama Association of Nonprofits and a member of the HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) advisory board in Sylacauga.

Pappas is also a graduate of Leadership Alabama, Leadership Talladega, Leadership Sylacauga and Leadership Pell City, and she served on the steering committee for Leadership St. Clair County.

The Auburn University Journalism Advisory Council established the Auburn Journalism Awards in 2005 “to recognize and celebrate the best and most enduring professionals in our field,” said Roy Bain, chairman of the honors committee. “We’ve been pleased to honor some of this state’s best and brightest, and the 2011 class fits well among those,” Bain said.

While recipients must have connections with Alabama roots, only the AU Journalism Alumnus must have Auburn University connections.

Other 2011 honorees are Dewey English, managing editor of the Mobile Press Register, who will be named the Distinguished AU Journalism Alumnus; Jim Stewart, veteran CBS News reporter, to be recognized for Distinguished Mass Media Achievement; Jon Johnson, sports editor of the Dothan Eagle, to be named Distinguished Alabama Community Sports Journalist; and the late Ronald Casey, former editorial page editor of the Birmingham News, who is to receive the Distinguished Special Achievement in Journalism award.

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Auburn picks Pappas for journalism honor

Feb. 15, 2011

The Daily Home

Auburn chose a real winner for its Distinguished Alabama Community Journalist award for 2011. Carol Pappas, the former editor and publisher of The Daily Home, was named a recipient this week in Auburn’s prestigious awards program.

Pappas spent most of her career working for The Daily Home, first in St. Clair County and then in Talladega. She rose from a reporter in the Pell City bureau of the paper in 1981 to become publisher of the paper in 1997, a position she held until leaving in 2010 to start her own company.

She led The Daily Home’s local news effort in a way that made the newspaper an indispensable tool for the residents of Talladega and St. Clair Counties. The news, both good and bad, was covered in a fair and equitable manner that kept the needs of the readers first.

It is altogether fitting that her beloved alma mater, Auburn University, recognize her with this award. We take pride in one of our own getting the acclaim and praise she so richly deserves.


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News editorials editor Ron Casey honored in awards

Published: Monday, February 14, 2011, 8:15 a.m.

By William Thornton, The Birmingham News

The late Ron Casey, former editorial page editor of The Birmingham News, will be one of five veteran journalists tapped to receive the 2011 Auburn Journalism Awards.

The award ceremony will be April 22 at the AU Hotel and Conference Center.

Casey, who died in 2000, was chosen for the distinguished special achievement in journalism award. The Auburn University Journalism Advisory Council established the journalism awards in 2005 “to recognize and celebrate the best and most enduring professionals in our field,” in and outside of Alabama, with roots in the state.

Casey, who joined the News in 1973, served as editorial page editor from 1989 until his death. He won the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing, along with Harold Jackson and Joey Kennedy, for the series, “What They Won’t Tell You About Your Taxes,” which analyzed the state’s tax system and the origins of its inequalities.

“We are delighted Ron Casey is being honored in this way,” said Tom Scarritt, the News’ editor. “He spoke eloquently for the people of Alabama, and we are proud that he did so on the editorial page of The Birmingham News.”

The other four honorees are Jim Stewart, a veteran CBS News reporter; Carol Pappas, the former editor and publisher of The Daily Home in Talladega and the St. Clair Times; Jon Johnson, sports editor of The Dothan Eagle; and Dewey English, managing editor of the Press-Register in Mobile.

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