Tony Bartelme was awarded Columbia Journalism School’s prestigious 2021 John Chancellor Award. Judges cited a career of ground-breaking environmental and investigative stories that stretched the limits of what local newspapers offer their readers. He is senior project reporter for The Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina.
Lori Montgomery was named Business Editor of The Washington Post, leading a rapidly expanding staff that covers the national economy, economic policy and the tech industry. Lori joined The Post in 2000, and most recently served as deputy National Editor.
Larry Bleiberg was recently elected president of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW.org), the world’s oldest and largest group of travel communicators. It has nearly 1,000 members, including staff writers, editors, book authors, photographers and website owners, along with public relations professionals. His term lasts through 2021.
Bleiberg, an eight-time winner of the Lowell Thomas Journalism Awards, is former travel editor of The Dallas Morning News and Coastal Living magazine.
He has freelanced for the last decade, with his writing appearing in BBC.com, National Geographic books, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Better Homes and Gardens, AARP, Afar, CNN, Delta Sky and Atlas Obscura, among many outlets and publications.
He is also the founder of CivilRightsTravel.com, an online guide to visiting sites from the historic civil rights movement. He is based in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Lisa Keefe has been promoted to editor-in-chief of Meatingplace, overseeing all its editorial operations including its business wire service, magazine, multimedia and social media efforts, and new product development. Previously she was editor of the magazine.
Laura Guilfoyle has gathered her favorite short stories and poems about teaching fifth grade for a recently released book, “Survivin’ da Heights: Tales from the Schoolyard.” She has shared these stories with her students over the years and they are fan favorites.
Karen Williams is creator and co-host of the new classic soul music podcast The Back Cover. The podcast, which provides new episodes weekly, explores topics related to music, production and the business behind classic soul music of the 60s, 70s and 80s. New episodes of the podcast will load every week. It can be found on Stitcher, SoundCloud, TuneIn, Apple podcast, Spotify and at http://backcover.libsyn.com.
John P. Miutz was awarded the North America State and Provincial Lottery’s 2019 Powers Award for Performance Excellence for his 27 years of service as Advertising/Marketing Manager for the Michigan and Virginia Lotteries.
Lori Waldon is President and General Manager of KOAT TV, ABC affiliate in Albuquerque-Santa Fe, New Mexico. In her role as President and General Manager she oversees an award-winning station with a strong reputation for journalistic excellence and outstanding community service.
Lori was promoted to her current position after serving as Regional Director of News for Hearst. She was also news director of KCRA/KQCA in Sacramento, California, where she led a nationally-recognized news operation. Under Lori’s leadership, the channel earned two prestigious national Edward R. Murrow Awards for Overall Excellence and Breaking News; six consecutive regional Murrows for Overall News Excellence; three consecutive Emmy Awards for News Excellence; and Emmys for Breaking News and Best Newscast.
Before joining KCRA, Lori was the news director at WISN 12 News in Milwaukee. Lori joined WISN-TV from Sacramento duopoly CBS 13/CW31, where she served as assistant news director. She previously spent 13 years in news management roles at KPIX-TV in San Francisco, serving as managing editor, executive producer and news producer. Prior to KPIX-TV, Lori worked as a news reporter at stations in Charlotte, North Carolina; Mobile, Alabama; and Peoria, Illinois.
Kathleen James was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives in November 2018, representing the Bennington-4 district. A Democrat, she serves on the Education Committee and has been appointed to the New England Board of Higher Education and also to the NEBHE Legislative Advisory Council. She’s the co-vice-chair of the Climate Solutions Caucus and a member of the Social Equity Caucus and the Women’s Caucus. She’s a proud graduate of Emerge, a hands-on program that trains women Democrats to run for public office. She’s also the executive director of the nonprofit International Skiing History Association and editor of its bimonthly journal, Skiing History. James lives in Manchester Center with her wife, Alexandra Heintz. Her oldest daughter lives in Chicago and her younger daughter is a junior at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Yvette Walker, assistant dean at the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma, will be inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame. Walker is among 10 inductees to be honored. “The 50th anniversary gives us an opportunity to celebrate the many historic accomplishments of journalists who have made an impact in Oklahoma and nationwide,” said Joe Hight, director and Edith Kinney Gaylord Endowed Chair of Journalism Ethics at the University of Central Oklahoma. The gala will be at 6 p.m. Friday, April 24, at the Oklahoma History Center.