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Northern California Society of Professional Journalists Honors Students

Oakland, CA - The Northern California Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) has honored seven Mills College students with the 2006 Excellence in Journalism Award for “Outstanding Student Journalist.”

Recipients of the award, all members of the Mills Public Radio Reporting class are: Annie Abernethy, Adina Lepp, Hallee Berg, Thea Chroman, Kristin Darling, Alexandra Kostoulas, and Ilana Murphy. They were recognized for producing a two-part series on redevelopment issues in Oakland that aired on KALW 91.7 FM public radio.

According to their professor Holly Kernan, KALW news director, “This is a huge honor, as this award is usually given to print journalists at large institutions. The students worked hard and covered an incredibly complex subject, so this award inspires me that young people can create important public service journalism. We need young people to resuscitate this profession!”

According to the SPJ website, the award reflects the values of initiative, integrity, and compassion in journalism.

An awards banquet will be held on November 9, 2006 in San Francisco’s Rincon Center.

Mills College is a nationally renowned, independent liberal arts college offering innovative degree programs for undergraduate women, and graduate degree and certificate programs for women and men. Consistently recognized as one of the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Mills currently ranks among the top 20 most diverse liberal arts colleges.

This year, the Washington Monthly College Rankings (September 2006) named Mills a leading liberal arts college based on community service, research spending, quality of preparation for graduate education, and social mobility. In addition, The Princeton Review’s annual guide, the Best 361 Colleges (2007) included Mills for the second year in a row among top U.S. institutions offering students an outstanding undergraduate education.

Nestled in the foothills of Oakland, California on 135 lush acres, Mills provides a dynamic liberal arts education fostering women’s leadership, social responsibility, and creativity.

Deborah Dallinger
Communications Consultant

Last Updated: 10/2/06