For Immediate Release
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Oct. 25, 2016) — The Stuttering Foundation, www.StutteringHelp.org, announced the winners of its 2016 Awards for Excellence in Journalism today in celebration of International Stuttering Awareness Day.
"The more we talk about stuttering, the more we build support for the stuttering community," said Jane Fraser, president of the nonprofit Foundation. "The media, both traditional and digital, have the ability to start important conversations, inform the public, and inspire us all. This year we had dozens of worthy entries--selecting just a handful to honor was a difficult endeavor, but a terrific problem to have!"
This year, the Foundation has decided to bestow three levels of honor in each media category: winner, runner up and honorable mention. All entries ran or appeared between August 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016.
The 2016 awardees are:
- Dennis Yohnka of The Daily Journal for Can ID cards help stutterers?
- Dr. Wallace of The News-Dispatch for Stuttering causes school woes
- Brad Biggs of The Chicago Tribune for Bears’ Matt Slauson speaks up on and off the field
- ABC News for NBA legend Bill Walton’s career advice: ‘You Cannot Finish Unless You Start’
- Kate Pickles of mailonline for Mother whose lifelong stammer left her terrified to work in an office now spends hours on the phone – thanks to speech therapy
- Char Adams of people.com for Woman says she was detained in an Atlanta airport because of her speech impediment: ‘I felt like I had no control’
- Joseph Santoliquito on phillyvoice.com for Darren Sproles is 5-6 and he stutters – and that may be why he’s such a great football player
- Hanae Armitage on news.sciencemag.org for ‘Stuttering’ mice shed light on human speech impediment
- Kayleigh Skinner on commercialappeal.com for Stuttering Foundation makes free ID card available
- Hal Berger on themighty.com for Why I chose to continue a high school presentation when my stutter was at its worst
- Patrick Hanlon on huffingtonpost.co.uk for How embracing my stutter gave me a new lease on life
- Kate Simone on memphisdailynews.com for Stuttering Foundation’s Fraser Honored for Service
- Johanna McDiarmid for One Plus One on abc.net.au for ‘Happiness thinker’ Professor Paul Dolan on pleasure, purpose and everyday happiness
- Kylie Simmons on huffingtonpost.com for 8 things people who stutter are tired of hearing
ELECTRONIC MEDIA (Radio/TV/Streaming Video/Podcasts)
- Andrea Hsu on NPR – All Things Considered – Shots Health News for Baltimore Rx – Baltimore’s Leana Wen: A Doctor for the City
- CBS This Morning for “Dear Joe,” Vice President Joe Biden’s Note to Self
- Peter Reitzes of StutterTalk.com for Stuttering and the Holidays with Nick Weaver
- Peter Reitzes of StutterTalk.com for The Physical Exhaustion of Stuttering – Sarah Berkowitz
Foundation Spokesperson Jane Fraser
Jane Fraser is president of The Stuttering Foundation and co-author of If Your Child Stutters: A Guide for Parents, 8th edition. She is also vice president of the Action for Stammering Children, Michael Palin Centre in London.
About the Foundation
Malcolm Fraser, a successful businessman and stutterer, established and endowed the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation in 1947. The Stuttering Foundation provides a toll-free helpline, 800-992-9392, and free online resources at www.StutteringHelp.org, including services, referrals and support to people who stutter and their families, as well as support for research into the causes of stuttering.