Four longtime St. Louis journalists—and one of the country’s top rock ‘n’ roll radio stations—are the recipients of the 2018 Media Persons of the Year awards by the St. Louis Press Club.
Among those being honored are: Betsey Bruce, who recently retired following a 40-plus career in local TV news; longtime KDSK sportscaster Frank Cusumano; former Post-Dispatch columnist and reporter Eric Mink; the late TV newsman John Auble, who will be honored posthumously; and KSHE-95, which is celebrating its 50th year in St. Louis and is the longest-running rock n’ roll radio station in the U.S.
Receiving the Press Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award is acclaimed journalist Jim Lehrer, the longtime news anchor of PBS’ award-winning The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour (later known as PBS NewsHour). Lehrer is a graduate of the University of Missouri, and has been honored with many prestigious awards in journalism, including the 1999 National Humanities Medal, presented by President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. He is also an inductee of the Television Hall of Fame and a recipient of the University of Missouri School of Journalism’s Medal of Honor. In 1991, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
In the last seven presidential elections, Lehrer has served as a moderator for 12 of the nationally televised debates among the candidates. In 1996, he was selected to be the sole moderator of all three debates—two presidential and one vice presidential. In 2000, he was again selected as the sole moderator of the three presidential debates, which were conducted in different formats—podium, round-table and town hall. His 12th debate was the first 2012 Obama-Romney face off in Denver.
KSDK’s Mike Bush is serving as the event’s master of ceremonies.
The Press Club’s Media Persons of the Year gala dinner is on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Edward Jones North Campus. Proceeds benefit journalism scholarships for area students. For tickets and more information, visit stlpressclub.org. Gazelle STL is the event’s official media sponsor.