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2017 Awards of Excellence Reception

Thursday, 04.12.2018

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Commerce Club

49th Floor, 191 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303


Finalists have been chosen for the 2017 Atlanta Press Club Awards of Excellence. The finalists are Atlanta-area journalists who have been selected because of their exceptional work throughout 2017.

Members of the National Press Club, the Alaska Press Club and Investigative Reporters and Editors judged each entry to determine the finalists and winners.

Winners of each category will be announced on Thursday, April 12 at the Commerce Club. A cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m. and winners will be announced beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets to the 2017 Awards of Excellence reception are $30 for Atlanta Press Club members and $40 for non-members. Tickets may be purchased here.

Print/Online – Daily
Moni Basu, CNN Digital
Thomas Lake, CNN Digital
Jessica Ravitz, CNN Digital
Holly Yan, CNN

Print/Online – Non-daily
Max Blau, Freelance
Jessica Noll and Rebecca Lindstrom, WXIA
The Weather Channel Digital Reporting and Production Teams

Jeremy Campbell, Erin Gutierrez, Matt Livingston, Lauren Rudeseal and Blis Savidge, WXIA
Brendan Keefe, WXIA
Jennifer Leslie, Stephen Boissy, Mike Jantzen and Jessica Knoll, WXIA
Matt Pearl and Lauren Rudeseal, WXIA
John Spink and Ryon Horne, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Radio Reporting
Johnny Kauffman, WABE 90.1 FM
Olivia Reingold, Georgia Public Broadcasting
Sean Powers, Georgia Public Broadcasting
Stephannie Stokes, WABE 90.1 FM
Elly Yu, WABE 90.1 FM

TV Reporting
Meridith Edwards and Dianne Gallagher, CNN
Rebecca Lindstrom and David Brooks, WXIA
Misti Turnbull, WSB-TV

Justin Crate, WSB-TV
Erica Hernandez, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Matt Livingston, WXIA
The Weather Channel and InsideClimate News Reporting and Production Teams

Use of Sound
Oscar Carrillo de Albornoz, WSB-TV
Emily Cureton, Georgia Public Broadcasting
Stephannie Stokes, WABE 90.1 FM

Single Image Photo
Curtis Compton, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Stephen Fowler, Georgia Public Broadcasting
John Spink, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Photo Gallery
Julie Dermansky and Nicole Bonaccorso, The Weather Channel
Tim Freccia and Nicole Bonaccorso, The Weather Channel
Alex Wroblewski and Euna Park, The Weather Channel

Investigative Reporting
Brenda Goodman, Andy Miller, Erica Hensley and Elizabeth Fite, WebMD/Georgia Health News
Alan Judd, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Carrie Teegardin and Sheila Poole, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Rising Star
Evelyn Andrews, Reporter Newspapers
Aaron Bauer, Around the Rings
Ciara Frisbie, CNN/Georgia News Lab

Reporting on Civil and Human Rights
John Blake, CNN Digital
Leah Dunn, WSB-TV
Danny Robbins, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

News Innovation Award (in partnership with the Cox Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership)
Max Blau, Freelance
Jeremy Campbell, Erin Gutierrez, Matt Livingston, Lauren Rudeseal and Blis Savidge, WXIA
Nick Valencia, CNN

Additionally, the Atlanta Press Club is proud to honor the 2017 Impact Award recipient, Nydia Tisdale, for her impact on the journalism profession and on the public in protecting access to public meetings.

The winner of the Atlanta Press Club Impact Award is a Georgian (not necessarily a journalist) who had a significant impact on the journalism profession in the previous calendar year and has furthered the mission of the APC, which is focused on fostering journalistic excellence and advancing the public’s understanding of a free press.


Thursday, April 12
6 p.m. — Registration
7 p.m. — Reception begins


The Commerce Club
49th Floor
191 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

Dress at The Commerce Club is business or business casual attire.

The ticket price does not include parking. Parking is available in the 191 Building parking deck with entrances on Ellis Street and Peachtree Center Avenue. Discounted parking vouchers for this deck will be available for $10 at the event. Guests must bring the ticket they receive upon entering the deck to receive a discount. The Peachtree Center MARTA station is also conveniently located nearby.


APC Member Ticket — $30
Nonmember Ticket — $40

Not a member? Click here for more information.

Tickets may be purchased here or by calling 404-577-7377. Payment must accompany reservations and there is a 48 business-hour cancellation policy.