Announcement comes during National Stuttering Awareness Week, May 10-16 

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (May 10, 2010) — The Stuttering Foundation announces its 2010 Awards for Excellence in journalism today to celebrate stuttering awareness.

“Journalists in a variety of settings have done an outstanding job of focusing on the causes and treatment of stuttering during the past year,” said Jane Fraser, president of the 63-year-old nonprofit foundation. “We were particularly excited about our new category this year that recognizes Internet media.”

Category: Daily Newspapers

First Place: Jennifer Nixon, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. “Staggered Speech: Stuttering Remains a Frustrating Mystery.” One judge wrote, “It was an excellent story with plenty of tips for helping people who stutter and numerous resources for readers to get more help.”

Category: Television

First Place: Yahaira Maldonado and Univision for their timely segment on stuttering on the network’s Despierta America. This outstanding segment featured speech-language pathologist Judi Cheng discussing how to help Spanish-speaking children who stutter.

Category: Internet Media

First Place: Peter Reitzes and Eric Jackson for their Web site and blog, The site includes timely information on stuttering and podcast interviews with people who stutter such as basketball great Bob Love, journalist John Stossel, businessman Jack Welch, and country music star Mel Tillis, as well as experts in the field of stuttering.

The awards are being announced today, the first day of National Stuttering Awareness Week, May 10-16. Among other famous people who stutter are VP Joe Biden, actor James Earl Jones, singer Carly Simon, and basketball star Kenyon Martin. A complete list of famous people who stutter can be found at  /.

The Stuttering Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Memphis, Tenn., that has worked toward the prevention and improved treatment of stuttering since 1947.  For more information, call 800-992-9392 or visit