For Immediate Release

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (May 27, 2014) — The Stuttering Foundation,, announced the winners of its 2014 Awards for Excellence in Journalism today. 

“Journalists are an important part of our effort to spread the word about stuttering. It is critical that we take a moment each year to thank them for their good work,” said Jane Fraser, president of the nonprofit Foundation. “This year, we are honoring a number of outstanding writers, reporters, producers and editors for their work, which has a lasting impact on the stuttering community.”

The 2014 awardees are:

National Newspaper

First Place: Kim Painter of USA Today: “Early Treatment for Stuttering Has Value,” Sept. 18, 2013.

Syndicated Columnist

First Place: Miss Manners: “Proper Protocol When Speaking with Someone Who Has a Stutter,” Feb. 21, 2014.


First Place: Deborah Gordon of WWFS-FM/CBS Radio, May 7, 2013, interview with Dr. Lisa A. Scott of Florida State University and Stuttering Foundation President Jane Fraser.


First Place: C-Span, U.S. House of Representatives Floor coverage of U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th, VA) during his speech “Support of Those Who Stutter” on March 6, 2014.

Daily Newspapers

First Place (tie): Dennis Yohnka of The Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL): “Student Solving His Stuttering” and “How Do You React to Stuttering?” May 13 and 16, 2013.

First Place (tie): Jerrilyn Zavada of “Finding Her Voice: Ottawa Teen Lives with Stuttering,” Oct. 28, 2013.

Second Place (tie): Maryann Batlle of Naples Daily News: “Lazaro Arbos’ American Idol Run Inspires Others Who Stutter,” April 12, 2013.

Second Place (tie): Krista Midgley of The Edwardsville Intelligencer: “Helping a Child with Speech Issues,” Sept. 10, 2013.

Third Place: Kaylyn Christopher of The Register-Herald and The Times-West Virginian: “Helping Students Face Challenges That Often Come with Stuttering,” Nov. 18, 2013.

Internet Blog/Web site

First Place: Madeline Wahl of the Huffington Post: “What It Actually Feels Like to Stutter,” Nov. 15, 2013.

Second Place: Christine Bilger of Zing! Blog/Quicken Loans: “Childhood Stuttering: When to Get Help and What You Can Do,” Aug. 8, 2013.

Third Place: Mary Mejia of The Killeen Daily Herald Let’s Talk Blog: “Stuttering – It Just Happens,” Jan. 22, 2014.


First Place: Nan Bauer of Ann Arbor Family: “Help for Children Who Stutter,” August 2013. 


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, including services, referrals and support to people who stutter and their families, as well as support for research into the causes of stuttering.   

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