It’s called the “Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism” and the annual honor is given by the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism.
The award, which the University of Missouri proclaims as “one of journalism’s most prestigious,” is designed to honor career-long outstanding service to journalism, according to an announcement today.
The list seems to focus heavily on diversity around the world despite no African-Americans being recognized.
Previous winners have included journalists, advertising and public relations practitioners, business leaders, institutions and media organizations. Notable recipients include Tom Brokaw, Christiane Amanpour, Sir Winston Churchill, Gloria Steinem, Deborah Howell and Gordon Parks.
While the list of 10 being recognized this year contains a wide variety of media folks (and even an entire Graphics Department!) once again KMBC’s veteran anchor/reporter Larry Moore was snubbed by his alma mater.
A native Missourian, Moore has anchored the news longer than anyone in Kansas City history (and possibly the longest in the country) and been an integral part of the community for more than four decades. He has won virtually every journalism and community award ever given out—except the Missouri Honor Medal by his own school in his own backyard.
Prior to getting into TV he spent several years in key print journalism positions (link to Profile of Moore by Bottom Line Communications).
Here is a synopsis of his media career (LINK).
How he was overlooked would make for a good investigative journalism piece.