School of Communication & Journalism

Journalism Advisory Council

The Journalism Program has an Advisory Council, which consists of professional journalists and managers from all types of media. The council advises the program on its curriculum, scholarships, development, training and direction of the program. Members of the council are available to meet with journalism majors about internships, post-graduation job opportunities and career consultation. The advisory council meets each fall and spring.

Journalism Advisory Council

Executive Committee

Anthony Cook, Chairman
Editor, Talladega (Ala.) Daily Home

Kendra Carter, Vice Chair
Web Content Coordinator, School of Medicine at UAB             

Reta A. McKannan, Immediate Past Chair
Attorney, Reta A. McKannan, P.C.



Kay Acton
Magazine consultant, Birmingham, Ala.

Bill Barrow
Southeast Political Reporter, Associated Press

Ken Bradley
Senior Editor, SEC Country

Katie Brumbeloe
News Director, Iowa City Press-Citizen

Samantha Corona
Corporate Affairs and Communications, Honda Manufacturing of Alabama

Scott Duff
News Director, WSFA-12, Montgomery

Dewey English
Mobile curator, Alabama Media Group

Michele Gerlach
Publisher, Andalusia Star-News

Brent Godwin
Real Estate Editor, Birmingham Business Journal

Graham Hadley
Creative Division Vice President, Partners by Design

Jon Johnson
Sports Editor, Dothan Eagle

Felicia Mason
Executive Director, Alabama Press Association

Maxwell Newfield
Associate Producer for Documentaries, CNN

Bill Perkins
Editorial Page Editor, Dothan Eagle

John Pruett
Sports Editor (retired), The Huntsville Times

David White
Policy Analyst, Alabama Governor’s Office

Helen Northcutt White

Editorial Assistant, Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times Magazines

Cy Wood
Publisher, The Valley (Ala.) Times–News

Auburn Journalism Awards

Every year, the Journalism Advisory Council honors five distinguished journalists for their dedication and contribution to journalism at Auburn University and beyond. We invite you to nominate candidates for the Auburn Journalism Awards. These awards recognize deserving professionals in five categories with Alabama backgrounds.

Below are the awards categories and criteria:
• Distinguished Alabama Community Journalist. This honors a distinguished body of work, or career, past or present, achieved while practicing community-based, or local, journalism in Alabama.

• Distinguished Alabama Community Sports Journalist. This honors a distinguished body of work, or career, past or present, achieved while practicing community-based, or local, sports journalism in Alabama.

• Distinguished Special Achievement In Journalism. This honors a distinguished body of work, or career, past or present, enhancing or beneficially reflecting upon the practice of journalism, achieved in the state or by one who has lived, worked or attended college in Alabama.

• Distinguished Mass Media Achievement. This honors a distinguished body of work, or career, past or present, in mass media disciplines, achieved in the state or by one who has lived, worked or attended college in Alabama.

• Distinguished AU Journalism Alumnus. This honors a distinguished body of work, or career, past or present, by an AU Journalism alumnus, and is not restricted to the practice of journalism, recognizing that AU-J alums have succeeded admirably in other fields.

Please provide appropriate background information and make a case for your nominee, specifying her or his category. Each nomination requires a separate letter or email, even if you nominate someone for multiple awards. For each nominee, include current contact data if possible. If you nominated someone not chosen in the past, try again. Recipients have been chosen after multiple nominations. A panel of nine judges decides recipients, which are to be presented in fall.

You can submit nominations online by clicking here:

The 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 alumni have succeeded admirably in a variety of fields.”

If you have any questions, contact Dr. Carvalho at


2017 Kay Acton, Magazine Consultant

2016 David Housel, Athletics Director Emeritus, Auburn University

2015 Buddy Davidson, Sports Information Director, Auburn University

2014 Rob Rainey, Owner, Rob Rainey Video

2013 Ace Atkins, Novelist

2012 Vickey Hunt Williams, Senior Producer,

2011 Dewey W. English Jr., Managing Editor, The (Mobile) Press-Reg­ister

2010 Paul Hemphill, Columnist, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Author

2009 Rheta Grimsley Johnson, Syndicated Columnist, Author

2008 Cynthia Tucker, Editorial Page Editor, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

2007 Jerry Brown, Dean of the Journalism School, The University of Montana

2006 Dennis Bailey, Attorney & Chief Counsel, Alabama Press Association

2005 Jack Simms, Journalism Professor Emeritus, Auburn University


2017 Tim Dorsey, Novelist

2016 Rick Bragg, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist

2015 Bob Sanders, Radio Personality, WAUD-AM, Auburn, Ala.

2014 Mark Winne, Investigative Reporter, WSB-TV 2 (Atlanta)

2013 Phillip Rawls, Alabama Statehouse Reporter, Associated Press

2012 Jim Wooten, Reporter, ABC News

2011 Jim Stewart, Reporter, CBS News

2010 Howell Raines, Editor, The New York Times, Author

2009 John Logue, Founding Editor, Southern Living; Editor-in-Chief, Oxmoor House; Author

2007 Robert B. Ingram Jr., Columnist, Montgomery Advertiser; Publisher, ALABAMA Magazine; Ed. Director, WSFA-TV, Montgomery

2005 Don Logan, Chairman, Media and Communications Group, Time Warner


2018 Phillip Marshall, Sports Writer, Huntsville Times

2017 Mark Murphy, Publisher, Inside the Auburn Tigers

2015 Paul South,

2014 Bill Shelton, Sports Editor, The Cullman Times

2013 Mike Easterling, Former Columnist and Prep Sports Editor, The Huntsville Times

2012 Ron Ingram, Communication Director Alabama High School Athletic Association

2011 Jon Johnson, Sports Editor, The Dothan Eagle

2010 George H. Smith, Sports Editor, The Anniston Star

2009 Shannon Allen, Sports Editor, The Sand Mountain Reporter, Albertville

2008 Jimmy Smothers, Sports Editor, The Gadsden Times

2007 John Pruett, Sports Editor, The Huntsville Times

2006 Charles H. Land, Sports Editor, The Tuscaloosa News


2017 Bill Keller, Former Executive Director, Alabama Press Association

2016 Gillis Morgan, Associate Professor Emeritus of Journalism, Auburn University

2015 Bruce McLellan, Online Editor, Decatur Daily?Florence Times-Daily

2014 John Ehinger, Editorial Page Editor, The Huntsville Times

2013 Guy N. Rhodes, Publisher and Editor, The Tuskegee News

2012 Cy Wood, Publisher, Valley Times-News

2011 Carol Pappas, Publisher, Daily Home, Talladega/Owner, Partners by Design, Inc.

2010 John W. Stevenson, Publisher and Editor, The Randolph Leader

2009 Jean Sutton, Managing Editor, The Democrat-Reporter, Linden

2008 Sam Harvey, Editor, The Advertiser-Gleam, Guntersville

2007 Alvin Benn, Reporter, Columnist, Montgomery Advertiser

2006 Joel P. Smith Sr., Publisher, The Eufaula Tribune

2005 Paul R. Davis, Columnist, Publisher, Davis Publications


2017 Don Moseley, Political and Investigative Producer, WMAQ-TV, Chicago

2016 Ken Hare, Editorial Page Editor, Montgomery Advertiser

2014 Harvey H. "Hardy" Jackson, Professor and Eminent Scholar, Jacksonville State University

2013 Ed Williams, Professor, Auburn University

2012 Wayne Flynt, Professor Emeritus, Auburn University

2011 Ronald B. Casey, Editorial Page Editor, The Birmingham News

2010 David E. White, Alabama Legislative Reporter, The Birmingham News

2009 Kathryn Tucker Windham, Journalist, Author, Humorist

2008 Brett Blackledge, Reporter, The Birmingham News

2007 Dr. Edward Mullins, Professor, Journalism Chair, Dean of College of Communication & Information Sciences, The University of Alabama

2006 Dr. Bailey Thomson, Editorialist, Columnist, Journalism Professor, The University of Alabama

Note: Awards are not necessarily bestowed annually. Generally, the posts listed are those held at the time of recipients’ recognition and do not necessarily reflect current status.

Advisory Council Announces 2017 Award Winners

AU Journalism to Honor Distinguished Journalists


AUBURN, AL – Award-winning broadcast news producer Don Moseley is one of five veteran media professionals selected to receive 2017 Auburn Journalism Honors awards on Sept. 15.

            The other four honorees are Kay Acton, magazine industry veteran; sports journalist Mark Murphy; Bill Keller, long-time executive director of the Alabama Press Association and journalism faculty member at the University of Alabama; and best-selling author Tim Dorsey.

            The annual awards are to be presented during a luncheon at the Marriott Grand National, hosted by the Auburn University Journalism Advisory Council.  The luncheon and program begin at 11:30 a.m.  Tickets cost $35 each.

            Recipients and their awards are: Moseley – Roy Bain Distinguished Special Achievement in Journalism; Acton – Distinguished AU Journalism Alumnus; Keller – Distinguished Alabama Community Journalist; Murphy – Distinguished Alabama Community Sports Journalist; and Dorsey – Distinguished Mass Media Achievement.

            Don Moseley is a director of the Center for Journalism Integrity and Excellence at DePaul University.  To that position, he brings the experiences of a long and distinguished broadcast journalism career.

            He has served as an award-winning news producer for WMAQ-TV in Chicago before spending several years as a producer for CBS News, where he contributed stories to 60 Minutes, CBS Evening News, 48 Hours and other programs.

            Moseley has been honored with the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award twice, most recently in 2016 for his role in a WMAQ investigative report on the police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014.

            Acton, a 1984 graduate in public relations/journalism, has been associated with some of the magazine industry’s most popular titles, through her work with Southern Progress.

            Acton first distinguished herself as editor of Weight Watchers magazine, turning around an established title that had lost its previous popularity.  She brought new life to the magazine, reversing a decline in circulation and earning a “most improved” award for the magazine from the Association for Women in Communication.

            After that, she became executive editor, and then vice president and editor-in-chief for Coastal Living magazine.  Under her years of leadership, the magazine won editorial excellence awards and was recognized for its cultural popularity.

            More recently, she has served as a magazine consultant, a member of several journalism-related advisory committees for Auburn, and a generous supporter of the Auburn journalism program.

            Bill Keller’s impact on Alabama journalism is measured in three distinct roles: as a newspaper journalist, executive director of the Alabama Press Association, and faculty member at the University of Alabama.

            He was managing editor for the Sand Mountain Reporter, a reporter for the Tuscaloosa News and editor/publisher of the Talladega Daily Home before becoming executive director of the Alabama Press Association.  There, he was a strong advocate for open courts and the rights of journalists, particularly at the college level.

            Since 2004, he has been inspiring the next generation of news professionals at the University of Alabama.  He teaches news writing and reporting and coordinates the master’s degree in community journalism that the University offers through the Anniston Star.

            A native of Auburn, Mark Murphy has served the community of Auburn sports fans for the past 36 years as editor and publisher of Inside the Auburn Tigers.  He has also navigated the publication through the transition from print magazine to online and social media, and to its current relationship with the sports publishing company.

            A former sports editor of The Auburn Plainsman, Murphy was sports editor at the Selma Times-Journal for a year and worked with the Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer for six years before joining Inside the Auburn Tigers.

            Following a stint in newspaper journalism, Tim Dorsey embarked on a career writing popular novels that combine south Florida satire with the escapades of Serge Storms, who has been described as a serial killer with a strong sense of justice.

            Through 23 novels, Dorsey has captivated a growing, loyal following with his books.  His book signings and readings are lively parties, often featuring live music.

            Dorsey served as editor of The Auburn Plainsman student newspaper from 1982-83.  After graduation, he worked for the Montgomery Advertiser and Tampa Tribune, rising to night metro editor before his first book was published and he devoted himself full time to his career as a novelist.

            The AU Journalism Advisory Council established these awards in 2004 to recognize and celebrate the best and most enduring professionals in its field, both in this state and those outside it with Alabama roots.  Only the AU Journalism Alumnus award must go to someone with Auburn connections.

For more information

John Carvalho

John Carvalho
Associate Director of Journalism
220 Tichenor Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849
(334) 844-4454

Last Updated: February 19, 2019