Join the Press Club of Southeast Texas for the 26th Annual Excellence in the Media & Newsmaker of the Year Awards. Silent Auction and Reception begin at 6:30pm.
The Excellence in Media Awards Ceremony is the time when those who write, report, photograph and broadcast the news are awarded for their talents over the past year. Likewise, members of the public relations field are lauded for their efforts.
The Press Club of Southeast Texas receives hundreds of entries from individuals and media outlets from across the region, including print, electronic media, magazines/trade press and public relations categories. Those entries are sent to judges throughout the nation, who choose the winners.
The annual event hosts local dignitaries and also recognizes the top area newsmakers from Southeast Texas. This year’s list of Newsmaker of the Year candidates were whittled down by a vote of the Press Club membership to include:
Finalists for Newsmaker of the Year this year include:
- Jim Gilligan, retired after 38 years as Lamar University baseball coach.
- Lonnie Howard, President of Lamar Institute of Technology.
- Inika McPherson, Port Arthur high jumper at Rio Olympic Games.
- Garrett Peel, new chairman of the Jefferson County Republican Party.
- Zena Stephens, first African-American woman elected sheriff in Jefferson County & Texas.
While all of these worthy candidates will be recognized for their work over the past year, only one will be selected as the 2016 Newsmaker of the Year by the Press Club of Southeast Texas.
Proceeds from the banquet fund The Press Club Memorial Scholarship at Lamar University dedicated to deceased journalists and awarded annually to students in communication, journalism, mass communications, advertising, public relations or related field.Those who write, report, photograph and broadcast the news or work in the public relations field in Southeast Texas will be honored. Local dignitaries and the top newsmakers from Southeast Texas will also be honored. Individual tickets are $36.10 (includes a processing fee)
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