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Alumni Honored for Service to Journalism

Five MU alumni awarded with Missouri Honor Medal.

Five MU alumni return to campus Oct. 15 to accept the prestigious Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism. MU School of Journalism faculty select medalists based on their service in the field. The awards will be given during an evening banquet at the Reynolds Alumni Center.

The 2012 Missouri Honor Medal recipients:

Jodi Cobb, BJ ’68, MA ’71, is an international photographer and author who has spent three decades on staff with National Geographic. She has worked in more than 65 countries, on more than 40 articles and books, and was the first woman to be named White House Photographer of the Year.

John Ferrugia, BJ ’75, is an investigative journalist and news anchor at KMGH-TV in Denver. His 2003 investigation into sexual assaults of female cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy resulted in Congressional hearings, a change in leadership at military institutions and initiatives for protecting victims.

Jeff Leen, MA ’82, is the assistant managing editor in charge of The Washington Post’s investigative unit. He was part of a team who won the 1999 Pulitzer Gold Medal for Meritorious Public Service for reporting on the police shootings in Washington, D.C.

Fred Papert, BJ ’47, is the co-founder of Papert Koenig Lois Advertising Agency and PR, the second such agency to go public. An international advertising executive and community developer, he also serves as the president of the nonprofit 42nd Street Development Corporation.

Ken Paulson, BJ ’75, is president and CEO of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University and in Washington, D.C. He previously served as the editor and senior vice president of USA Today and is now a columnist on the paper’s board of contributors.

Umar Cheema is an investigative reporter for the Pakistani newspaper The News.

Mona Eltahawy is an award-winning columnist and international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues.

Hu Shuli is editor-in-chief of Caixin Media and the weekly magazine Caixin Century, and dean of the School of Communication and Design at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China.

Adam Moss is editor-in-chief of New York magazine.

The New York Times Graphics Department is a group of visual journalists who explain, illustrate and conceptualize the news.