Because of our on-campus programming being halted due to COVID -19 in spring 2020, we did not present the Jessica Savitch award as planned.
The Jessica Savitch "Breakthrough" award was presented in March 2019 to Laura Zelenko, Bloomberg’s senior executive editor for diversity, talent, standards, and training. This award was part of a panel of women in media featuring filmmaker Christine Vachon, former Food Network president Brooke Johnson, and Professor Stacy Smith, founder of the Inclusion Initiative housed at USC's Annenberg School of Communication.
The Park School of Communication previously presented an annual award for excellence in journalism in Jessica Savitch's name. Past recipients include: