September 11, 2017 / News

NSPA announces eight 2017 Pioneer Award winners

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

The National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) announced that eight individuals have been selected to receive a 2017 Pioneer Award, NSPA’s top individual honor.

Each year, NSPA awards the Pioneers to people who have made a significant contribution to scholastic journalism beyond their regular job requirements.

This year’s Pioneer winners include:

  • Jeanne Acton
  • Vicki McCash Brennan
  • Jeff Browne
  • Brenda Field
  • Kathy Hill Habiger
  • Pete LeBlanc
  • Al Tims, Ph.D.
  • Mitch Ziegler

The Pioneer winners will be recognized at the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention either in November in Dallas, or in April in San Francisco.

NSPA maintains a composite plaque of all Pioneer winners at their headquarters in Minneapolis. Candidates are nominated by previous Pioneer winners and NSPA board members.

Evan Blackwell, CJE
Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Marketing Automation Specialist for Walsworth. He's been a writer, editor and web content specialist for Walsworth Yearbooks for the past 14 years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.