Honors/Awards

HONORS/AWARDS FOR SAM/SAM’S PROJECTS

  • 2017 Knight News Innovation Fellow, Columbia University Tow Center for Digital Journalism.
  • Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, Television-Domestic, 2017 (for Fusion’s Rigged documentary project).
  • Shorty Social Good Award, Television, Shorty Awards, 2016 (for Fusion’s Prison Kids documentary project).
  • Shorty Social Good Finalist, Interactive Campaign, Shorty Awards, 2016 (for Prison Kids documentary project).
  • Finalist, Shorty Social Good Award, Social Justice, Shorty Awards, 2016 (for Fusion’s Calling All Who Demand Answers campaign).
  • CSR & Business Top 500, SustMeme, 2015, 2016, 2017.
  • Top 100 Global Corporate Social Responsibility Leader, Global CEO, 2014.
  • WKU Volunteers of the Year (one member of a class) Award, Western Kentucky University, 2014, for work with the Department of Communication Advisory Council.
  • Digital Communicator of the Year, PR News, 2014.
  • Social Media MVPs (one member of a class), PR News, 2014.
  • Best Business Books 2013, Strategy+Business, 2013 (Spreadable Media)
  • Top 10 Best Marketing Book You Read This Summer, Advertising Age, 2013 (Spreadable Media).
  • Finalist, Digital Communicator of the Year, PR News, 2011.
  • Alumnus of the Year, Western Kentucky University Department of Communication, 2011.
  • Social Media Innovator of the Year, Bulldog Reporter, 2011.
  • Best Soap Opera Book of the Year, The Survival of Soap Opera, TV Guide Canada, 2010.
  • Kentucky Press Association Best Feature Story in a Weekly Class 3 Paper, 2006.
  • Young Mfg. Company C.T. Young Memorial Community Award, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006.
  • Alfred M. Wolfe Phi Kappa Phi National Fellowship, 2005-2006 School Year.
  • WKU Potter College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Top Scholar Award, 2005.
  • WKU Dept. of Communication Outstanding Communication Studies Graduate, 2005.
  • WKU Dept. of Communication Undergraduate Research Award, 2005.
  • WKU School of Journalism & Broadcasting Top Mass Communication Student, 2005.
  • WKU School of Journalism & Broadcasting Top News/Editorial Student, 2005.
  • WKU Kappa Tau Alpha Top Scholar Award, 2005.
  • Kentucky House of Representatives Academic Achievement Award, 2004.
  • Frank Sutherland Society of Professional Journalists Award, 2004.
  • Western Kentucky University English Department Award of Excellence, 2004.
  • Western Kentucky University Master of the Spirit Award, 2003.
  • Western Kentucky University Award of Excellence, 2001.
  • Messenger-Inquirer Academic All-Star Journalism Award, 2001.