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Awards & Hall of Fame

Our community takes the time to recognize top leaders within our industry. For more than 50 years we’ve fostered and awarded journalistic excellence to distinguish outstanding individuals who uphold the highest standards of the press.

Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence

Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame is an annual event that recognizes journalists for their lifetime achievements, whose careers represent the highest standards of journalistic integrity and ethics. They have made outstanding contributions either to journalism in Georgia, the country and the world at large, often courageously overcoming many obstacles to pursue, find and share the truth.

Past Inductees

Awards of Excellence







Our presenting partners this year are the Department of Journalism at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and its William S. Morris Chair in News Strategy and Management held by Dr. Keith Herndon.

The Atlanta Press Club would like to congratulate all our finalists and winners from our 2018 Awards of Excellence. Atlanta-area journalists were able to enter themselves or be nominated by someone else. Entries were judged by volunteers from the National Press Club, the Alaska Press Club and Investigative Reporters and Editors on quality of content, demonstrated reportorial skill and the impact of their work.

Award of Excellence – Print/Online Daily

Joshua Sharpe – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Meth, ‘the Devil’s drug,’ is back and killing more people than ever
Were red flags missed before 2 kids found buried in Georgia yard?
In southwest Ga., towns and lives still damaged from Hurricane Michael

Award of Excellence – Print/Online Nondaily

Jessica Noll – WXIA
Gone Cold

Award of Excellence – Documentary or Series

Shawn Efran, John Carlos Frey, Greg Gilderman, Solly Granatstein, Neil Katz and Marisa Venegas – The Weather Channel Digital and Telemundo along with Efran Films
Hidden Cost

Award of Excellence – TV Reporting

Randy Travis – Fox5
$2 Tests, Bad Arrests

Award of Excellence – Videography

Josh Wade – WSB-TV
Eyes on the Road

Award of Excellence – Radio Reporting

Grant Blankenship – Georgia Public Broadcasting
Hurricane Michael Leaves Thousands Hungry In Georgia

Award of Excellence – Use of Sound

Tal Kopan and Nick Valencia – CNN
Listen to separated moms beg for their kids in court

Award of Excellence – Single Image Photography

John Spink – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Award of Excellence – Photo Gallery

Noah Berger, Patty Cox, Yagazie Emezi, Edmund D. Fountain, Bear Gutierrez, Kevin Hayes, Spike Johnson, Frederick Meza and Liz Roll – The Weather Channel Digital and individual collaborations with Food & Environment Reporting Network and InsideClimate News
Exodus: The Climate Migration Crisis

Award of Excellence – Investigative Reporting

Ashley Fantz, Sergio Hernandez and Sonam Vashi – CNN
Destroyed: How the Trashing of Rape Kits Failed Victims and Jeopardizes Public Safety

Award of Excellence – Rising Star Award

Evelyn Andrews – Reporter Newspapers

Award of Excellence – Reporting on Civil and Human Rights – TIED

Shawn Efran, John Carlos Frey, Greg Gilderman, Solly Granatstein, Neil Katz and Marisa Venegas – The Weather Channel Digital and Telemundo along with Efran Films
Hidden Cost

Karyn Greer – CBS46
The Fall Line

Award of Excellence – News Innovation Award

WSB Radio
Jamie Dupree 2.0

Award of Excellence – Impact Award

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV