Cincinnati leader honored

Field experience is critical, Tom McKee, a reporter with WCPO-TV in Cincinnati, tells students at the Region 4 conference in Athens, Ohio, in March.

Field experience is critical, Tom McKee, a reporter with WCPO-TV in Cincinnati, tells students at the Region 4 conference in Athens, Ohio, in March.

Tom McKee, president of the Cincinnati chapter of SPJ, is one of two winners of the annual Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Pro Member Award for outstanding contributions to their SPJ chapters and regions.

Under McKee’s leadership, the Cincinnati chapter has developed and carried out a variety of programs in addition to continuing its annual sponsorship and selection of members of the Cincinnati Journalism Hall of Fame. The chapter was named the best small pro chapter last year. Long-time Cincinnati SPJers Emil Dansker nominated McKee for the latest honor.

Julie Asher, president of the Washington, D.C., pro chapter, is this year’s other Dubin winner. Asher is national editor at the Catholic News Service, an international daily religion news service for Catholic and other publications around the world.

Asher and McKee will be recognized at Excellence in Journalism 2015 Sept 18-20 in Orlando, Fla.

The Howard Dubin Award is given to no more than two members each year — one from a chapter of 75 or more members and one from less than 75 members. It is named for long-time SPJ member Howard Dubin of the Chicago Headline Club.

 


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