AU journalism advisory council honors distinguished journalists

AUBURN – The Auburn University Journalism Advisory Council today honored five distinguished journalists for their dedication and contribution to journalism at AU and beyond.

The honorees were recognized at the third annual honors luncheon and ceremony at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center, with more than 100 guests, students, journalism faculty and advisory council members in attendance.

Jerry E. Brown, current dean of the University of Montana School of Journalism, was named 2007 Distinguished AU Journalism Alumnus. Brown served Auburn for 20 years, first as a professor and then as head of the Auburn University Journalism Department.

Alvin Benn, a 25-year reporter and columnist for the Montgomery Advertiser, received recognition as the 2007 Distinguished Alabama Community Journalist. A Pennsylvania native, Benn first came to Alabama in 1964 as a wire service reporter covering civil rights.

John Pruett, a native of Alabama and sports writer for The Huntsville Times, was given the honor of 2007 Distinguished Alabama Community Sports Journalist. With plans to retire on the horizon, Pruett spent the better part of 40 years chronicling local sports history for loyal readers.

Edward Mullins received the honor for 2007 Distinguished Special Achievement in Journalism. Mullins has served his alma mater, the University of Alabama, for the past three decades, first as journalism professor, then as department chair and finally as dean of the College of Communication and Information Sciences. He continues to work in community journalism and the Center for Community-Based Partnerships.

Bob Ingram was honored with the 2007 Distinguished Mass Media Achievement award for his contribution as both a political writer and columnist for the Montgomery Advertiser and political analyst and editorial director of WSFA-TV. Ingram also published ALABAMA magazine for 13 years and currently writes a syndicated weekly political column published in 40 Alabama newspapers.

(Contributed by Nan Fairley.)

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